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Design Thinking Online Course

Impactful Innovation Through Design

The main characteristic of Design Thinking as an approach to innovation is its deep understanding of the stakeholders. It focuses on the research of the customer, citizen, or user and their context, needs, goals, and aspirations. Design Thinking means early prototyping and iterative testing of potential solutions using a practical methodology and process. This way, important decisions can be made early in the development process, saving resources towards the end of the process when changes are very expensive. Design Thinking can be employed in developing products, services, processes, business models, and strategies. 

The Design Thinking online course offers an easy way to get a concise overview of design thinking. This course will teach you the human-centric process of Design Thinking and acquire tools for all its phases. 

The course will be published in summer 2024.

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By completing the course, you will get an Aalto EE Design Thinking certificate worth 0.5 ECTS.

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Benefits

Design Thinking can be employed to innovate products, services, processes, business models, and strategies. By employing this human-centric approach to innovation and development, important decisions can be made early in the development process. This will save you a significant amount of resources towards the end of the process, where making changes is complicated and expensive. By validating or co-creating your designs with your stakeholders, your pursuits will be far more likely to succeed.

Learn to combine analytical and creative thinking systematically for the best results in your business
Gain a coherent understanding of this human-centric approach to innovation, and learn to employ its process and tools
Receive the latest academic insights as well as a great many practical, real-world examples and tacit knowledge on how best to apply Design Thinking
Acquire a workbook of tools and templates to help you apply the lessons learned to your real business challenges

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This course is great for anyone who wants to understand Design Thinking as an approach, a process, and a set of practical tools. People involved with developing products, services, processes, business models or strategies will benefit from this course.

You may be accountable for getting measurable results through a systematic process and thus want to be able to use the lessons learned immediately in your organization. Maybe you are working in managing or developing products or services, marketing, business development, sales and customer relations, or HR.  

The Course Workbook

Since practice is more likely to result in learning than just listening, we offer hands-on activities in this online course with which you can attempt to tackle a challenge in your personal or professional environment.

Maybe you would like to work in a small team to leverage different perspectives in discussions? In that case, a small team of about five participants is preferred over larger teams to avoid lengthy discussions without getting anything done.

However, while going through this course, stay focused on personal growth. Going through the motions of a design process and using these methods for the first time can be unnerving and frustrating. Take time to reflect. Consider what works, what resonates, and what you could do differently next time as you adapt the tools to your context and preferences.

The workbook can be accessed as a PDF as well as a Mural template that you can copy to your personal workspace.

Contents and Schedule

The themes cover topics from creating value with Design Thinking through to the process and different tools and templates for applying the methodology in practice. The course also addresses the question of how to scale up design thinking and get buy-in for development pursuits in your organization.

The themes cover topics from creating value with Design Thinking through to the process and different tools and templates for applying the methodology in practice. The course also addresses the question of how to scale up design thinking and get buy-in for development pursuits in your organization.

The course videos are subtitled in English.  

The estimated study time of the course is 16 hours. The course allows flexible study patterns; you can decide on your schedule and the speed of your progress. The recommended study schedule for the course is 2–3 hours per week during 3–4 weeks.

Structure

Seven Online modules

26 videos of appr. 5 minutes each

Workbook

Employ it on a business challenge in your organization

Curated list of readings

Expand your knowledge with the help of a list of recommended readings

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Instructor

Floris van der Marel

Floris van der Marel is Researcher at the Aalto Design Factory, a multidisciplinary experimentation platform in Aalto University and 29 institutions abroad.

His research focuses on unheard voices in design initiatives. He is interested in how certain perspectives are included, heard, respected, and equally responded to, whereas others are more ignored, or forgotten.

Passionate about exploring tensions between bringing people with different ways of thinking and doing together, he has amassed considerable practical experience in designing, facilitating and researching Participatory Design practice in several contexts, e.g. for the European Union in Vietnam, for MIT’s International Design Centre in Singapore, for Future Design Factory in the Netherlands and for Aalto University Design Factory in Finland.

Floris van der Marel holds a MSc in Design Research for Interaction from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Middle East Technical University in Turkey with a project studying the sociological impact of a small wood stove in a tribal area in India. Currently he is doing his double degree doctoral studies at Aalto and Design Factory Melbourne combining Participatory Design and research practices to amplify unheard voices and challenging power imbalances in a hospital context in rural Victoria, Australia.

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