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Design Thinking for Innovation

Today innovation is everyone's business. Whether you are a manager in a global corporation, an entrepreneur starting up, in a government role, or a teacher in an elementary school, everyone is expected to get lean – to do better with less. And that is why we all need design thinking. At every level in every kind of organization, design thinking provides the tools you need to become an innovative thinker and uncover creative opportunities that are there – you're just not seeing them yet. In this course, we provide an overview of design thinking and work with a model containing four key questions and several tools to help you understand design thinking as a problem solving approach. We also look at several stories from different organizations that used design thinking to uncover compelling solutions.
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University of Virginia

Rating 4.5 based on 583 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 11 (6 weeks ago)
Cost $59
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Jeanne M. Liedtka
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Business Strategy

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case studies in 15 reviews

I would expect introduction of more techniques and case studies.

The real time case studies and the way people solved their problems through design thinking is an excellent motivation to take up design thinking seriouslyDr.

and more case studies.

The best parts were the Case Studies that were presented.

Wonderful videos and explanations from the guest field experts/consultants and examples of real life case studies, I really enjoyed the reflection assignment as it made me have to organise the creative process that I used to overcome a specific challenge on a project and get into the motions of the 4 W's in a way that I hadn't realised is natural.

A great course for solving practical business issues Course is good and more case studies videos are required.

practical but it can do with some more case studies and deliberate discussion questions every week to keep the discussion board focused and engaged muito bla bla bla, pouco resultado, pouca comprovacão de funcionamento.

I enjoyed the diversity of case studies, and especially hearing about countries other than the US and organizations other than large corporations with big budgets.

really enjoyed in 15 reviews

Really enjoyed this course!

I really enjoyed this course!

I really enjoyed following this course, the materials taught were brought in an interesting and critical way.

I really enjoyed the course.

I REALLY ENJOYED THE PROCESS Great content Required for this day and age This course will enhance your business acumen, no matter your experience level.

Recomiendo leer el libro I really enjoyed this course.

I really enjoyed this course, I thought it was very well structured and covered the topic in as much detail as I need for an introduction to the subject Informative!

great course , i am grateful to Coursera and everyone at Darden who helped develop this course.i really enjoyed the course.

about design thinking in 12 reviews

I really enjoyed taking it and learning more about design thinking.

The use of examples and explanations from entrepreneaurs and its connections with the experiences and models from the authors were very useful Need more hands on activities and samples Great introduction and explanation about design thinking.

Perfect for full time working professionals who want to learn about design thinking, but do not have hours to invest in assignments.

Very interesting and instructive, I learned a lot about design thinking !

I had certain idea about design thinking prior to taking this course however this added the much needed value to my knowledge!

It was really helpful!Thank you.. Great Introductory course for Design Thinking - Very good examples & case studies - Assignment could have been more rigorous This course helped me a lot to know about design thinking.

Thanks lots of ideas, lots of experiments with hypocrisy, collaboration and visulization(mind mapping).....its a realy a physic of innovation It was totally good for learning about design thinking and innovation.

The content is very interesting and I learned a lot about Design Thinking.

easy to understand in 9 reviews

Quick to finish and easy to understand.

The examples of the application the tools were not very easy to understand and the final assignment assumed that everyone would have applied design thinking tool in their work.

Good and easy to understand course.

Well structured, Easy to understand through clear concepts and processMany Illustrations with real-life examples Valuable, viable and feasible Excellent course!

I learn so much and how the video lectures are presented really break it down very easy to understand.

Excellent pragmatic take on Design Thinking - a fairly complex subject that was made as easy to understand.

Very interesting course, it's perfect for a basic understanding of the design thinking field Great class, the business examples are very clear a easy to understand.

Un curso muy interesante con lecciones muy bien realizadas, podría mejorar notablemente si tuviera más contenido práctico The course was very informative, well organized and easy to understand and relate to.

course for beginners in 7 reviews

Other than that, great course for beginners.

I recommend this course for beginners in Design thinking.

Fantastic course for Beginners Really enjoyed the course, great lecturers and examples It would be great if participants who had completed their course content would at least get a certificate of participation or completions, as one cannot present the proof of him having gone through all the course content, and hence cannot claim having learned this amazing course.Course was brilliant, but should focus on hands on experience, as while giving a lecture on HCD, i started to realize the intricate details which i wasn't aware of during the course.

Great course for beginners!

Good course for beginners in design thinking / collective intelligence methods.

Its a good course for beginners and provides some good insights on how to change the thought One of the best courses I have ever attended.

real life in 7 reviews

Through simple insights, real life examples and great visualization tools, this course offers in a few weeks enough material to change your perspective about alternative ways to tackle big and small scale problems.

Real life cases taken as illustration helps in understanding It is such a great course that i learned how to solve the problems by using design thinking toolkit .. advice you to join it and make your mind different Very clever storytelling made good picture in my mind and is still there as visual thinking guide.i have had some courses already that was one of my top 5 Información de primer nivel Maravilhoso!!!

Very good content and real life examples available in this course.

Even thought the participants only will get real understanding of the material when executing them in real life, as with so many topics that are being sought, this course helps you to understand what is special to design thinking.

Best course ever, very hands-ond oriented, practical example applicable to real life business innovation projects.

I definitely recommend it :) A methodological approach that provides both a global overview of Design Thinking and tools to solve real life scenarios with it.


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University of Virginia

Rating 4.5 based on 583 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
Starts Feb 11 (6 weeks ago)
Cost $59
From University of Virginia via Coursera
Instructor Jeanne M. Liedtka
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Business Strategy

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