Design Thinking Workshop
Design Thinking is a user-centric framework used to solve problems in a creative and practical way.
1 – 2 Hours
2 – 3 Hours
Estimated Cost of Materials
14 – 19
This Activity Kit introduces students to a user-centered way of thinking. It puts their innovative and creative skills to the test. Design Thinking is practiced by professionals everyday to solve human problems in the workplace and ensure solutions are meeting users' real needs. It is a way for them to create user-centered outcomes and incorporate user feedback as well as team reflection.
The Activity Kit features two parts. You can choose to run only one part or both. Part 1 and Part 2 can be run consequently or on different days. Click the link under Facilitation Materials to access the guides for Part 1 and Part 2. There are guides for both virtual and in-person workshops.
This activity kit will require the following resources:
- For virtual workshops: Access to a video conferencing system
Learn more about what Design Thinking is. Ensure you understand core concepts of the framework and review the Design Thinking resources.
Watch IBM's video on Design Thinking.
Explore learning content and other Design Thinking resources in the IBM Design Thinking Toolkit.
Read the relevant guide attentively and get familiar with key terms and concepts. It is important to use Design Thinking language when presenting.
Running a virtual workshop is very different from running an in-person workshop. Make sure you are comfortable with the resources provided and the content specific to each guide.
Download the necessary resources and print enough copies for the class. If running a virtual workshop, send them to the participants in advance. Think you forgot something? Check under the Materials section in the guides to find all you need.
Purchase the materials needed for the workshop. Mind that there are some differences between the in-person workshop and the virtual workshop, and between Part 1 and Part 2.
Practice going through the exercises included in this activity. Completing the exercises yourself will help you identify any questions that the students may encounter.
If you are running a virtual workshop, make sure you are familiar with the chosen videoconferencing service.