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Design Thinking for Organizations - ONLINE

This four-week interactive course will explore the principles and methods of Design Thinking. You will utilize Design Thinking approaches to work on specific workplace, or life, challenges. You will also identify a suitable challenge of your own and develop a plan to address it. By the end of the course, you will understand how Design Thinking can provide answers to the ambiguity and uncertainty synonymous with 21st-century life and work.
Facilitator: Dave Whittington
For more information about this course please contact Professional and Continuing Studies

Throughout the course, we will discuss how these principles and methods might be applied to participants own challenges and conclude with each participant working on a plan for building the principles and methods of Design Thinking into their own life and work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the 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

Optional Synchronous Dialogue Sessions:

While the majority of this course Is delivered asynchronously, there will be one 60-minute synchronous session held weekly on Mondays at 6pm PDT (this may change in different iterations): The purpose of these calls is not to deliver content, but rather to engage with the instructor in a participant driven conversation about the week’s activities and design thinking more generally.

Learner Effort:

Given the asynchronous nature of this course, participants can choose their own schedule, however they will be expected to engage with the material for 3-5 hours per week. While this approach provides for flexibility, it does mean we cannot fully explore synchronous tools such as Mural.

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.