Design Thinking Approach for an Interdisciplinary University November 24. 2020

Design Thinking Approach for an Interdisciplinary University

Design Thinking: a practical guide. A handbook for managers in higher education is a product of three years of collaboration between eight European universities. The handbook is available in online open access, and describes how Design Thinking methods are used in European higher education today.

The handbook describes the planning and delivery of workshops that were held across the partner universities, to train fellow workers in Design Thinking techniques, and includes proposed agendas, suggested timing, tools venues and ways to evaluate the impact of workshops. It is very much a practical guide, highlighting the elements that might be helpful for others when delivering similar workshops or implementing the methods in everyday working.

Practical advice, based on participants‘ reflection, aid both newcomers and the more seasoned practitioners in adopting Design Thinking methods at all fields of academic life, as the guide, and prior publications from the DT.Uni project address the needs of students, researchers and managers/administrators. The other two publications cover; reflection on how Design Thinking has been used within the partner universities and the second one is a collection of tools and methods, and as such, supports the use of Design Thinking in the classroom, in workshops or training.

Bifröst University is a partner in the project DT.Uni (2017-1-PL01-KA203-038527) in cooperation with 7 other European universities. The project is funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union. The project‘s website can be found here.

Why Bifröst?

  1. Constant workload trains students in group and team work
  2. Small university that emphasises personal service
  3. We aim for personal development and social participation
  4. Friendly campus for individuals and families
  5. Active quality control and innovative teaching methods