Design Thinking for Pedagogical Innovation

Workshop Aim
– This workshop seeks to raise awareness of the existence of a set of tools and techniques to think differently, to see new opportunities and to create innovative pedagogical solutions with impact. We will focus on exploring the principles, concepts and steps of Design Thinking as a collaborative and creative problem solving methodology. Examples of possible applications of this methodology in pedagogical innovation context will be given based on the experience at the Masters in Engineering and Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IST) .
– Design Thinking develops an intentional process to arrive at new, relevant and positive impactful solutions. It helps to increase confidence in creative abilities, showing how to turn difficult challenges into opportunities. Design Thinking is person-centred (it starts with a deep empathy and knowledge of people’s needs and motivations), collaborative (it benefits from diverse points of view and perspectives and is a process in which the creativity of one enhances the creativity of all) and optimistic (it believes that we can all create change – no matter how big the problem, how short the time or how low the budget).

The process encompasses a 3-stage approach:
Stage 1 – INSPIRE – identify problems and opportunities that motivate the search for new ideas. Includes defining the Challenge, Observe Users, Review Extreme Users and Form and Create Insights.
Stage 2 – IDEATE – Generating great ideas. Going to a more abstract phase to openly frame Opportunities, Brainstorm Ideas and Synthesize and Rank all the ideas generated
Stage 3 – IMPLEMENT – Taking ideas from a post it note to reality. The main objective is to try Experiments, Create Storyboards and prepare presentations that will shed a light and help to fine tune our future solution

90 minutes
Limit of Participants:
20 Participants
Joana Mendonça
Guilherme Victorino