Design thinking is a loose collection of methods and tactics abstracted from design practice and made applicable to issues, fields, and contexts generally thought of being outside of design. The most common framework is the one developed by IDEO and the Stanford d.school and is centered around a 5 step process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. The value of design thinking is to provide a process that can be used for invention, even by those not formally trained in design.
Collaborative Design is a course focused on inquiry-based learning in a project-based environment. Student teams will learn to work together creatively, in a hands-on environment, with emerging technologies to design innovative products or services. The course aims to teach design thinking as an approach that can be used to consider issues and resolve problems more broadly, and promote self-directed learning that can be applied inside and outside the classroom.
The purpose of this course is to research and develop information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and social sciences , in collaboration with government and community partners. These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainabilty, equity, and justice.