Design Thinking Methods for Engagement

Everyone is creative. What we sometimes lack are the tools and confidence to bring our creativity into professional engagement settings. In this course, we’ll explore and practice a range of creative methods that can be used to bring people together to better understand and address complex issues, and have fun doing so.

You’ll learn about the concept of design thinking, a human-centred, systems-based approach that allows you to step back and redefine challenges and approaches in fresh ways. We'll focus on adaptable facilitation frameworks that can help you incorporate creative tools into your engagement strategies.

This course replaces Arts-Based Methods for Engagement as the required course in the Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Sarah Hay $375.00 12 Register

Course schedule: This course is offered via online-supported delivery.
• Access opens one week before the first date listed for pre-readings and assignments.
• Virtual classes from 10 am to 12 pm PT.
• Final assignment due one week after last date listed. 

What will I learn?

Some of the things that you’ll cover include the following:

  • Design thinking theory
  • Learning and practising how to do a Design Jam, a flexible facilitation framework
  • Drawing exercises to help you with graphic illustration during creative, collaborative brainstorming

How will I learn?

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about creative tools for facilitation and engagement.

How will I be evaluated?

We will evaluate you based on your class participation.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.

You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page. 

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