Teaching design thinking : Expanding horizons in design education

Melles, Gavin, Howard, Zaana, & Thompson-Whiteside, Scott (2012) Teaching design thinking : Expanding horizons in design education. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 31, pp. 162-166.

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The term design thinking is increasingly used to mean the human-centred 'open' problem solving process decision makers use to solve real world 'wicked' problems. Claims have been made that design thinking in this sense can radically improve not only product innovation but also decision making in other fields, such as management, public health, and organizations in general. Many design and management schools in North America and elsewhere now include course offerings in design thinking though little is known about how successful these are with students. The lack of such courses in Australia presents an opportunity to design a curriculum for design thinking, employing design thinking's own practices. This paper describes the development of a design thinking course at Swinburne University taught simultaneously in Melbourne and Hong Kong. Following a pilot of the course in Semester 1, 2011 with 90 enrolled students across the two countries, we describe lessons learned to date and future course considerations as it is being taught in its second iteration.

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ID Code: 61075
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: design thinking, design education, transnational education
DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.12.035
ISSN: 1877-0428
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
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Deposited On: 12 Jul 2013 01:58
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