What is Design Thinking? Act as a Designer, not just a Problem Solver.
- Discover – Market and User Research to explore the problem space
- Define – Synthesize and interpret research, clearly articulate the problem and scope
- Develop – Identify, prototype, iterate, and test potential solutions to the defined problem
- Deliver – Select a design alternative, guide engineering through design details until it is ready to be released
- Empathy, awareness of you know nothing about others
- Creative Confidence, confidence of showing your creativity
- Experimental Spirit, believe in trial & error and the experiment result but not just someone telling you right or wrong
- Design Thinking can’t solve ALL problems! It is a human-centric approach that helps solve people’s problems.
- It can be learnt only by doing and practising. You can’t teach or learn it by only reading books or doing research. You have to make something and practise it.
- Design Thinking requires a mindset shift. We are not born having empathy, creative confidence, and experimental spirit. If you can shift your mindset, all tools are not necessary.
- It is not a linear process. You should keep trying, reviewing, and making the prototype again.
- Making a solution is part of understanding the problem.
- Embracing ambiguity is the key to accepting new ideas.
Why Design Thinking in Education?
In fact, design thinking can make flipped classrooms even better: Design thinking encourages students to solve their own problems, which means they can use their time in the flipped classroom to work collaboratively.
How to Practice Design Thinking in the Classroom
At this point, you’re not looking for solutions — you’re just trying to understand the problem thoroughly. Then, synthesize your data to create personas that represent the users of your product or service. Next, create a set of hypotheses about what those users want. Lastly, prototype your solutions and test them with users to see if your solutions are feasible and desirable.
In short, design thinking is not just for designers. Educators can use design thinking to create more effective learning experiences that go beyond the standard curriculum.