Design thinking has made its way from the creative and business sectors into education, equipping students with the most important 21st century skills.
To establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning, educators from the primary school to university level are using design thinking to:
enabling them to learn actively by posing questions, exploring problems and understanding scenarios.
toward a human-centered pedagogy that focuses on the needs, talents and potential of each individual.
into a multidisciplinary curriculum.
to experience fun, freedom and a sense of belonging in the learning process.
At Stanford University, the most popular course is not computer science, but a class about finding one’s vocation. “Designing Your Life” extends design thinking concepts and techniques to help students learn about gratitude, generosity, self-awareness, adaptability and their own ability to initiate personal and societal change.
17% of seniors at Stanford enroll in the class. In lieu of a final exam, they must present “odyssey plans”, which chart out three radically different five-year roadmaps. By prototyping different versions of themselves, students are empowered to consider their future lives and careers.
Design thinking can nurture students’ creativity, enhance their empathy and create a better future for our society.“