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Design Thinking Fundamentals

Provided by Rochester Institute of Technology (RITx)
Intermediate
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Free

$200 USD for a certificate of completion

Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions.

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What you will learn

  • Describe the systematic process to define and solve problems
  • Formulate ideas for problem solving
  • Discuss solutions that integrate product configuration, functionality and user experience
  • Identify the design thinking processes and methods

Overview

This course provides an introduction to 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.

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.

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