This course introduces the foundational activities related to design thinking: a flexible yet systematic process to define and solve problems. A common misconception is that design thinking requires artistry, but it is not centered on artistic principles. Design thinking is a strategy and mindset that can be applied to any industry to solve problems.
Individual course: $299
Course duration: 6 weeks
Time commitment: 8-12 hours each week
Experience level: Intermediate
Learning partner: Rochester Institute of Technology (RITX)
Course type: Self-paced on your time
Subjects: Business, management, design, and engineering
As part of the Design Thinking MicroMasters® program, this course will explore methods used to evaluate problems, develop ideas and create innovative solutions with the user in mind. Focusing on the importance of user understanding and the development of desirable, feasible and viable ideas, this course will provide an overview of the design thinking process from end to end.
Topics of study
How to describe the systematic process to define and solve problems
How to formulate ideas for problem solving
How to discuss solutions that integrate product configuration, functionality, and user experience
How to identify the design thinking processes and methods
Who can take this course?
Unfortunately, learners from the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba, and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer their courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses they have received are not broad enough to allow them to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent them from offering all of their courses to everyone, no matter where they live.
About the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls more than 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.
RIT’s nine colleges emphasize career education and experiential learning with programs that are internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for more than 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. The university’s main campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, New York, and its global partnerships include campuses in Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.