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Design Thinking for Organizations - ONLINE

This four-week interactive course will explore the history, concepts and methodology of Design Thinking. You will use a designer’s mindset and creative problem solving to work on specific workplace or life challenges. Each week will deepen your understanding of the stages of design thinking: Framing the question effectively; Understanding the value of approaching the challenge with empathy; Creative ideation and brainstorming; Testing solutions based on feedback; Arriving at a solution to your challenge.
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

By course completion, you will understand how Design Thinking can provide answers to the ambiguity and uncertainty synonymous with 21st-century life and work.
Throughout the course, we discuss how these principles and methods can be applied to participants' own challenges, using examples of successful projects and organizations that have integrated Design Thinking into their workplaces.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the Design Thinking mindset and its fundamental contribution to success
  • Have experience of methods from all the phases of a design project
  • Know about the wide range of other methods that they might use in a design project
  • Leave with a draft plan for how they might use design thinking on a current complex problem they face

Learner Effort:

3-5 hours per week.

Synchronous Sessions:
While the majority of this course is delivered asynchronously, there will be weekly 60 min synchronous sessions. Wednesdays 6 – 7 pm (March 3, 10, 17 & 24)

Computer Requirements:

A week prior to the course start date you will receive an email from us with information on how to access the online course. At that time you will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize yourself with our online learning platform. You will find the computer requirements for this course through this link: computerservices.royalroads.ca/computer_equip_requirements

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Professional Certificate in Advanced Facilitation Practices.