616 BYOL: Design Thinking for Course Design

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, November 17

Instructional Design

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“Design thinking” is a common buzzword in both business and L&D these days. But while the term is talked about at length, the actual process for design thinking and the strategies associated with it are mentioned much less often. What makes design thinking so useful? What strategies do you need to keep in mind while using it? And most importantly, how exactly can you use it to create better courses and content?

In this hands-on session, you’ll build an understanding of the design thinking process and learn how to apply it to the design and development of your learning content. Through reworking a real course or lesson plan that you bring with you to this session, you’ll learn various strategies to assist with gaining a stronger understanding of your learner, generating big ideas, and prototyping the learner experience. You’ll leave this workshop with a practical collection of useful strategies and a concrete beginning to a new course or learning experience!

In this session, you will learn:

  • What design thinking is and how to apply this process to your course design
  • Strategies for researching and empathizing with your learners
  • Methods for collaborating and generating ideas
  • Approaches for prototyping
  • How to apply these concepts to your own work

Audience:
Novice designers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Stormboard.

Technology required:
Attendees will need to sign up for a free Stormboard account.

Kristin Machac

Assistant Professor, MFA Design Thinking

Radford University

Kristin Machac is an assistant professor of the online MFA in design thinking program at Radford University. She has more than a decade of instructional design experience in corporate and higher education environments. Kristin has led creative thinking and problem-solving workshops, and she has presented regionally and nationally on topics such as solving business problems with design thinking, enhancing online learning with personal interaction, and applying design thinking to course design.

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