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Design Thinking for Executives, A Professional Development Program at California State University, Chico
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Online Program Curriculum

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Each of the Design Thinking program’s eight modules is presented weekly, along with videos, references, assignments, chat, engagement exercises, and collaborative sessions.

Your online learning experience includes:

  • 8 to 10 short videos per week
  • Engagement activities and exercises that reinforce your new skills
  • Interaction with peers and faculty through the online learning portal
  • Participation in live virtual office hours with expert faculty and peers
  • The Professional Design Thinking Capstone Portfolio
  • Four weeks of post program mentoring

Module 1 ~ Introduction to Design Thinking

  • Define Design Thinking as an effective approach to creative problem solving.
  • Understand how human-centered design and methodology influence Design Thinking.
  • Review of practices and case studies of Design Thinking in the real-world.

Module 2 ~ Designing for Empathy

  • Identify effective approaches and tools for research.
  • Design conversations and interviews that honor stakeholders.
  • Frame problem statements that facilitate problem solving.

Module 3 ~ Introduction to Visualization

  • Align the right visualizations to the right Design Thinking tools.
  • Learn the visualization tools that best fit specific challenges.
  • Explore the use of visualization tools in real-life scenarios.

Module 4 ~ Persona and Journey Mapping Design

  • Create personas that describe stakeholder characteristics.
  • Build journey maps that help define critical moments of truth.
  • Identify the right tools for success measurement in customer experience.

Module 5 ~ Ideation in the Design Thinking Process

  • Develop creative processes for developing new ideas.
  • Understand mind-mapping and brainstorming approaches.
  • Learn best practices for ideation workshops.

Module 6 ~ Prototyping

  • Understand low and high-fidelity prototyping.
  • Design approaches for bringing ideas to life.
  • Discuss prototyping approaches and tools.

Module 7 ~ Validation

  • Identify methods for researching and validating outcomes.
  • Evaluate recommendations for stakeholder collaboration and participation.
  • Develop considerations for design validation.

Module 8 ~ Design Thinking Implementation

  • Develop processes for deployment and launch.
  • Explore collaboration methods with stakeholders and success partners.
  • Design plans for applying Design Thinking at your organization.

Capstone Project ~ Your Design Thinking Portfolio

  • Completed project, from beginning to end.
  • Custom templates and practices you can employ at your organization.
  • Outcomes that are distinctive and measurable.
  • ​Continued mentoring after the program concludes.

 

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