So what is design thinking, anyway? 

Willemien Visser defined design thinking as "design-specific cognitive activities that designers apply during the process of designing." Angel Green with Allen Interactions presented on how this approach to design can help make our instruction more engaging, relevant, and impactful. 

Instructional designers have a problem

First, we spend a lot of money on design...

...yet we have a lot of dissatisfied learners

Green suggested that a simple twitter search on "I hate training" will highlight many of the concerns most learners have with instruction. 

How can we solve the negative sentiment problem?

We participated in a number of design thinking activities to help us as instructional designers identify ways to improve learning. Instructional Designers can:

  • employ design thinking techniques to instructional design
  • involve the learners in design
  • continuously make improvements to design based on learner feedback
  • help students better manage their time by providing them with clearly identified learning tasks 

Angel suggests that prototyping can help us gain feedback and increase or creativity in our design.