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Teaching Design Thinking

, Massey University, New Zealand

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


As awareness of the designed experience increases, so does the desire to apply the process of design thinking to a wider range of scenarios. There is an assumption that by applying the methods that designers use to solve problems, any business or productivity challenge can be analysed and resolved in a new, insightful, invigorating manner. With hundreds of books dealing with this topic, there is a general awareness that this process can be explicitly taught and applied. This paper demonstrates how one university design school is merging design thinking strategies with well established visual research techniques to develop a process that combines the best of both approaches.


Hodgkinson, G. (2013). Teaching Design Thinking. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1520-1524). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 27, 2022 from .

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