Free Course: Design Thinking

Today, I would like to drag your attention to the amazing platform called Iversity. Why amazing? Because Iversity is a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Their team believes that education can improve everyone’s life and it can change the way things are in a community. They also think that open courses can be beneficial for students from all over the globe to take lessons from professors from all over the globe. Isn’t that great?

Free Course: Design Thinking

And don’t get them wrong they do not want replace the universities, they just aim to empower academics. And think about all those people who cannot afford academic education but want to learn… Iversity shares the knowledge of great academic staff from everywhere in the world and connects them with students who want learn. They are also working closely with different educators, education institutions and they courses are really interesting, engaging and enjoyable.

Have a look at the video below to see their presentation.

I also want to point you to the Design Thinking course that starts in April (14th) and it is a month long till May (12th). I, personally, enrolled for it as I think that it will be useful and enriching.

On the course page they say: “This course is tailored for everyone who is involved or interested in creating or managing successful innovation – you could be a student, a designer, a manager or an entrepreneur.” 

Have a look at the presentation of the Design thinking course and details below the video:

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About this course

Welcome to the Macromedia University Design Thinking MOOC.

The first Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking is about understanding and implementing the methodology of Design Thinking. You will learn how Design Thinking uses creative, human centered techniques as a strategic approach to stimulate innovation. At MHMK, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, we believe that human needs and experience should drive innovation – not technology. Being a school whose graduates will engage in designing the digital landscape surrounding us, we like to share our conviction of a good, decent and ethical way of creating tomorrows products and services.

Sign up now! The four-week-MOOC starts 14 April 2014 and ends 12 may 2014.


What to Expect

The Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking links theoretical frames with practice. You will look into fundamentals like historical and theoretical aspects of design, design models and design systems. You will gain deeper insights into the Design Thinking methodology and the human-centered design approach. You will learn how to apply teamwork and communications skills, and you will hear about creativity methods and visualization tools in the context of strategic design. And last but not least, the Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking will teach you how to evaluate ideas and concepts and why an innovation attitude and intercultural communication competence is crucial for a successful implementation.

Week by week we invite you to meet academics, professionals and students, who are using Design Thinking in the creative industries as well as in management in order to solve problems of great complexity. Each week is divided into three or four lectures/chapters. Each lecture is divided in several lessons/units, which are usually not longer than 5 mInutes. The lessons are made of video material, slides, additional reading material and tasks.

Expect to view approx. 80 minutes of lectures per week which sums up to altogether 5 hours per week incl. self-study time.


Course Structure:


WEEK 1:

• Design Today
• Design as a Discipline
• Design Models and Design Theory
• Design Systems


WEEK 2:

• Human Centered Design and Research Methods
• Experience Design
• Design Thinking Process
• Problem Space Definition and Wicked Problems


WEEK 3:

• Multidisciplinary Teams and Communications Skills
• Creativity and Ideation
• Strategic and Concept Design
• Storytelling


WEEK 4:

• Prototyping and Testing
• Business and Innovation
• Storytelling
• Intercultural Communication


Why this MOOC is interdisciplinary

Originating in the Design Department of MHMK, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Munich, the Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking is emphasizing the rewarding link between management and creativity. To us, managing creativity means drawing on various findings and multidiscliplinary methods, yet guiding them through standardized and verifiable management procedures. Besides Design and Art history, the background of our MOOC team therefore ranges from business, psychology and human resource to transmedia, visualization, narration, and journalism, for instance. We will thus be able to discuss Design Thinking from various perspectives.


Learning Outcomes

Our MOOC will help you answer the following questions:
1. What is Design Thinking? Which benefits may I expect when implementing it as a management strategy? 
2. How can innovation be systematically triggered ?
 How can I implement Design Thinking into my own projects? 3. Talking about the potential of Design Thinking – what kind of best practices are there ? 
4. What kind of team do I need to in order to initialize a Design Thinking process?


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge of Design Thinking is needed in order to attend the MOOC. 
Interest in creative techniques, innovation and management is welcome.
- You don’t know what human centered design, strategic design or participatory innovation culture is? – Great, you’ll learn it here.
- You are a business development specialist? – Great, we hope to inspire you. Please feel free to help us inspire others by sharing interesting links, events and projects on our Facebook page.

Ready to give it a try: Enrol for free


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