Design Thinking in Education

EDL 571, Section 001 - Spring 2016 - University of Kentucky

Master the skill of changing lives in this fast-paced course

EDL 571 - Design Thinking in Education - 3 CR

Open to undergraduate and graduate students

Fills a requirement in the undergraduate leadership certificate and as an EDL elective!

What Does This Course Do?

This course will expose you to design thinking and provides you with an interdisciplinary perspective on the role of design in addressing the world’s challenges.


This course also raises awareness about the value and power of design thinking our culture.

Students Will


  • Develop prototypes that solve tough challenges in society
  • Practice design thinking in a real-world context
  • Learn the tenets of human-centered design
  • Learn how to create hands-on prototypes
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Recognize the potential impact of creative thinking, design thinking and innovation in the world

When? Where?

  • Wednesdays, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • 325 Dickey Hall

Your Instructor

Guaranteed to be enlightening!

How the Course Works

The course works by combining readings, cases and videos along with real life going on around you. You will learn design thinking by applying the concepts taught to you in a real-life challenge in your Lexington with a group of 2-3 additional people who will comprise the your design team that.


Each week you will you will explore the main concepts of design thinking. Then you’ll be expected to meet in-person with your design team to get your hands dirty practicing the your human-centered design chops.

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to interact and gain inspiration from other students in the course and ask questions of the faculty and other experienced folks.

Questions? Yes, please!

Contact the instructor, Dr. John Nash, at john.nash@uky.edu.