Design Thinking Certificate: Learn to Solve Complex Problems Creatively 

Design Thinking Certificate: Learn to Solve Complex Problems Creatively

Join our program to earn a certificate and drive impactful solutions through Design Thinking principles.

Overview

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education, innovation is not just a buzzword; it's a necessity. Now more than ever, institutions face multifaceted challenges that demand innovative solutions.

Design Thinking is a proven methodology that fosters creative problem-solving and encourages a user-centric approach. By integrating these principles into your practice, you'll be better equipped to address complex challenges, enhance student engagement, and drive positive change within your institution.

Designed for higher education professionals, this course was meticulously crafted in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s da Vinci Center to empower those in higher education to harness the power of design thinking in solving complex problems, fostering creativity, and driving positive change. Participants will explore the five steps of design thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. By the end of this course, participants will emerge with a basic understanding of the application of design thinking principles.

Choose From 2 Options

Certificate of Completion

5-day asynchronous program.

Daily email Monday–Friday with bite-sized videos and activities that can be completed in under 30 minutes/day.

Earn a certificate of completion.

Valued at $395. Free for members.

New Cohort starts Monday!

  MEMBERS - Sign Up Now to Enroll in This Member Exclusive Program

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Certificate of Practitioner

5-day asynchronous program.

Live 2-hour Lego® Serious Play® session with instructors.

Graded workbook.

Receive a Design Thinking Practitioner Certificate.

Course price: $549. Members receive a $250 discount.

New Cohort starts June 10!

How it Works

Certificate of completion: For 5 days, you will get daily emails Monday through Friday, with bite-sized videos that you can complete in 30 minutes or less each day. If you complete all videos within two weeks, you’ll be able to earn a certificate of completion. Next cohort starts Monday.

Design Thinking Practitioner Certificate: Become a certified Design Thinking practitioner and bring your expertise in solving problems creatively to your campus. You’ll receive the above daily emails, plus a Lego® Serious Play® kit. You’ll use this kit in a 2-hour live online Lego® Serious Play® session with expert instructors Steve Whitehead and Garret Westlake, where you’ll learn to apply Design Thinking principles to solving problems. After completing the video modules, attending the live session, and submitting your workbook for review, you’ll receive a Design Thinking Practitioner Certificate.

Who Should Attend

This professional development on design thinking principles is suitable for a diverse range of individuals within the higher education sector. Anyone with an interest in exploring innovative problem-solving methodologies, regardless of their specific role in higher education, can find value in understanding and applying design thinking principles. This is truly calling all curious minds.

Recommended Schedule

Day 1: Introduction and Why Design Thinking

20 minutes

Watch:

  • Why Design Thinking

Complete Pages 1-4 in the workbook

Day 2: Design Thinking in Action 

20 minutes

Watch:

  • Design Thinking in Action

Complete pages 5-7 in the workbook 

Day 3: Empathy in the Design Thinking Process 

20 minutes

Watch:

  • Empathy in Design

Complete pages 8-13 in the workbook 

Day 4: Define and Ideate 

20 minutes

Watch:

  • Define and Ideate

Complete pages 14-17 in the workbook 

Day 5: Prototype and Test (Evaluate) / Closing  

20 minutes

Watch:

  • Prototype and Test

Complete pages 18-26 in the workbook 

Design Thinking Practitioner Certificate Only

Attend the live 2-hour session

Choose From 2 Options

Certificate of Completion

5-day asynchronous program.

Daily email Monday–Friday with bite-sized videos and activities that can be completed in under 30 minutes/day.

Earn a certificate of completion.

Valued at $395. Free for members.

New Cohort starts Monday!

MEMBERS - Sign Up Now to Enroll in This Member Exclusive Program

Members: Sign in to register.

Certificate of Practitioner

5-day asynchronous program.

Live 2-hour Lego® Serious Play® session with instructors.

Graded workbook.

Receive a Design Thinking Practitioner Certificate.

Course price: $549. Members receive a $250 discount.

New Cohort starts June 10!