Design Thinking: What is it and why is it important for education?

As the education landscape changes, it is crucial to keep up and keep pace with the changes to remain relevant to customers. This is where design thinking can come in.

But what is it? Why is a design mindset important for today's education and business? What are its benefits? And how does it work? During the Design Thinking workshop at Vilnius College of Technologes and Design, Justina Klyviene, the founder of the Future Leadership innovation lab and design thinking trainer, gave a brief overview of the design process - what it consists of and how we can use it in our everyday life and work.

By creating solutions to the problem at hand, the participants (faculty and administrative staff) experienced together the whole four-part process - empathy, problem definition, idea generation and prototyping. But the most important thing that this process allowed them to do was to involve the user and to understand immediately whether the idea they had developed would work and whether the client would agree to take part in its implementation.

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Photos by V. Mickevičienė