Events and Training

Design Thinking

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 second workshop—Design Thinking: The Art of Generating and Testing Ideas in Graduate School—you will apply design thinking fundamentals to tackle a current challenge including problem definition, mind mapping and solution validation. Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills are valued by academic and non-academic employers alike.  

The three-hour workshop is being held Saturday February 22nd, 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 with the intent to improve the next offering. Please note: Your registration for this workshop is not considered complete until you have filled out the corresponding Participation Enrolment Form (Google Form).


Learning Outcomes

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 a number of idea generation techniques, including mapping, to create possible solutions for a current challenge; and
  • Practice the design-thinking mindset to support creative problem solving.

Register Here Participation Enrolment Form