an open, introductory course in
Some believe that innovation springs from spontaneous insight that miraculously strikes the inventor. In reality, the most useful innovations are the result of a careful and methodical study of the human condition followed by painstaking exploration of ideal solutions for observed needs.
This course teaches methods common to human-centered innovation frameworks such as Design Thinking: empathizing with people in given situations, framing and reframing problems, ideating, prototyping and testing solutions. Students will learn the process of developing products, services, systems and other solutions from the initial discovery of needs, to presenting a tested solution ready for deployment. This course features learning by doing with the vast majority of class time dedicated to collaborative exploration, supported by inspirational case studies, insightful video lessons from thought-leaders in the field, and abundant online resources.
The team of hard-working enthusiastic people who bring this course to life.
Learn more about the class and get to know your classmates. Open Lesson 1
Research, compare and contrast existing innovation frameworks, methods and tools, and apply Design Thinking to solve a simple but relevant problem. Open Lesson 2
Prepare for the Design Thinking process by developing a design challenge statement, identifying associated stakeholders, beginning to understand the context of the problem, and setting a roadmap to agreed upon goals. Open Lesson 3
Learn and practice several methods for Empathy such as Observation, Interview, Empathy Mapping, Analogous Empathy, Studying Extreme Users, and the Five W’s. Open Lesson 4
Learn and practice several methods for Framing and Ideation such as Journey Mapping, Saturate and Group, Use Case Development, How Might We, and Brainstorming. Open Lesson 5
Learn and Practice several Prototyping methods such as Rapid Prototyping, Role-Playing, User Testing, Feedback Capture Grid, Storyboarding, and Storytelling. Open Lesson 6
Excellent online resources for curious, creative innovators.