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Design Thinking for K-12 Educators is a Course

Design Thinking for K-12 Educators

Ended Apr 10, 2016

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Full course description

Course Date:

Mar 7 - Apr 3, 2016


4 weeks


1 hr/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


This course provides an introduction to design thinking for K-12 teachers. Design thinking is a structured process used by educators, business leaders, and designers for solving complex, real-world problems.

As a participant, you will:

  • Explore why the design thinking process is becoming increasingly popular, and how the process can be applied to K-12 classrooms.
  • Learn about the different steps in the design thinking process.
  • Receive tools, resources, and practical guidelines for applying design thinking in your classroom.
  • Engage in hands-on work that uses a design guide template to lead you through the design thinking process.


  • Describe the different steps in the design thinking process.
  • Recognize how empathy functions in the design thinking process.
  • Describe how the design thinking process might be useful to you and your students.
  • Apply the design thinking process to your own classroom.
  • Create your own design thinking challenge.

Course Instructors

Lindy Johnson

Lindy L. Johnson


Lindy L. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The College of William & Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from The University of Georgia. A former high school English teacher in Boston Public Schools, Professor Johnson’s research focuses on new and digital literacies and the professional development of teachers in K-12 schools.