Design Thinking Foundations - bringing innovation to education

Michael Kim
Instructor in Design Thinking
This immersive workshop experience will practically equip teachers to unlock the creative potential of students and bring innovation to life in their schools
Target Audience
Secondary school teachers and educational leaders seeking to build the creative problem solving capabilities of their students (all subjects)
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General Description

This is a 2-day immersive, experiential-learning based mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork. Teachers will learn the mindsets, processes and tools of Design Thinking from highly-experienced instructors and practitioners, who have
worked with leading Australian/global companies, government organisations and start-ups.

Teachers and educational leaders will come away equipped to innovate across a broad spectrum of educational contexts including:
- curriculum design/delivery
- learning environments
- extra-curricular programs and experiences
- educational system design

During the workshop, participants will learn how to apply the core elements of Design Thinking to deliver meaningful solutions to real-world challenges. The core elements include how to frame a problem differently, understand user needs, develop and test prototype solutions and how to deliver these.

Audience

Secondary school teachers and educational leaders seeking to build the creative problem solving capabilities of their students (all subjects)

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

This is a two-day immersive, experiential-learning based mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork – delivered within a collaborative workshop environment.


This course contributes to 11.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

  Start Date Location Availability Price    
Enrol Now 22/11/2017 Sydney CBD Places available $575 + GST Enrol Now

Sessions

Introduction to Design Thinking

30 minutes

Introduction to the concept of Design Thinking, the over-arching framework and behaviours. Share the purpose and applications of Design Thinking across various contexts.
Delivery method will be primarily presentation style and group discussion

A taste of Design Thinking

1 hour and 15 minutes

Participants will understand the basic steps of Design Thinking and how they can be applied to a specific challenge.
This will involve engaging in a rapid design challenge to learn the steps of the design thinking process.

Delivery method: short-instructional lecture, multi-media components, and practical hands-on workshopping.

Framing the Problem

1 hour

“A problem well stated is a problem half-solved” Charles Kettering

Introducing a framework that empowers people to question, negotiate and thereby influence the scope of a challenge.
As a team, it is important to arrive at a statement that is focused enough that makes the challenge feel manageable and actionable, but also broad enough that there are opportunities to discover new, unique or more visionary solutions.
This method will help to establish a shared understanding of the challenge, and provides a unified direction for problem-solving.
 
Delivery method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Understanding the stakeholder landscape

45 minutes

Against the backdrop of almost every complex problem is an ecosystem of relationships that generally influence the given challenge, and need to be taken into consideration in the design of possible solutions.

In this session, participants will learn how to identify and understand the key people who have a stake in the context of given challenge, and how they need to be engaged.

Discovery - Deeply understanding the needs of people

1 hour

Participants will be learn effective research approaches for deeply understanding the needs of people who are impacted by a particular challenge.

The purpose of this phase is to:
1) Understanding what we’re solving for based on people’s motivations, behaviours, needs, expectations
2) Test assumptions
3) Develop empathy

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Gold mining - turning information into insights and opportunities

1 hour and 15 minutes

In this session, participants will learn how to synthesise the information gathered through the research process into meaningful insights and opportunities for innovation.

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Developing and assessing ideas creatively and collaboratively

1 hour and 15 minutes

Participants will learn divergent thinking tools and approaches that will help spark new, innovative ideas that are anchored to the insights and opportunity areas defined previously.
This is followed by a process for assessing and prioritising ideas based on critical factors.

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Turning ideas into tangible, valuable concepts

1 hour and 15 minutes

Participants will learn how to collaboratively build and refine ideas into well defined concepts that can be effectively communicated to others.

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Rapid prototyping and experimentation

1 hour and 30 minutes

In this session, participants will learn a number of effective rapid prototyping techniques, and practically work though a process of testing, learning and iterating, in order to find solutions that resonate with users.

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

Planning and reflections

1 hour and 15 minutes

This a time for participants to consolidate their learning of Design Thinking foundations, share reflections and ideas for application. Participants will develop and share detailed individual plans for how they will incorporate Design Thinking into bringing innovation into their day to day work with schools and students.

Delivery Method: Mix of short instructional lectures, demonstrations and guided, hands-on teamwork.

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About the team


Michael Kim

Creator

Michael is the Director and founder of Insight Institute, an organisation dedicated  to building innovation capability amongst students and educators. Our mission is to equip students to unleash their creative potential in service of a better world as well to give them a competitive edge. Michael brings almost 20 years of experience across innovation, strategy, marketing and program management in Australia and overseas. He has built a portfolio of successful new ventures spanning e-commerce, digital health solutions, logistics technology; and has spearheaded the market expansion efforts of global brands including P&G and Blackmores. Michael has also been extensively involved in delivering large-scale, complex transformation and Mergers & Acquisition programs.

Previously, Michael led innovation as part of AMP’s enterprise-wide transformation program, while building broader innovation capabilities across the business. He has worked closely with global leading practitioners in innovation and design thinking, and has been involved in the development of several industry disrupting, customer-centric solutions across health, insurance, banking and wealth management.

Michael is an experienced leader, instructor, speaker and practitioner in design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship