Design thinking is a problem solving process which has distinct phases or steps. Many employers, and innovation leaders believe this process leads to more creative solutions for both big and small problems. This process has been applied to a range of challenges from addressing issues of poverty to designing a better consumer products. At its heart, design thinking embraces a mindset of questioning assumptions, testing ideas and learning about the “person” who will benefit from the solution.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) will offer three stand-alone workshops to give graduate students the opportunity to practice design thinking in an academic context. In the third workshop — Design Thinking: Mapping your Academic Journey to Enhance the Experience — you will apply design thinking fundamentals to gain new insights as you systematically outline the steps from a determined moment in time to degree completion. This process, known as journey mapping, has the potential to uncover innovation opportunities while contributing to the enhancement of the overall graduate student experience. Innovation skills and creative confidence are valued by academic and non-academic employers alike.
The three-hour workshop is being held on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Triffo Hall (Room 1-16) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is a registration fee of $10 and a light lunch will be provided. The completion of the workshop can be used for PD credit (3 hours). And in keeping with the design thinking process, all workshop participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the workshop. Please note: Your registration for this workshop is not considered complete until you have filled out the corresponding Participation Enrolment Form (Google Form).
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Define design thinking and list three key elements that support the distinct phases within the process;
- Use the journey mapping technique to uncover insights and opportunities to improve the overall graduate student experience; and
- Practice the design thinking mindset to support innovation skills.