Incorporating Design Thinking into Your Classes

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
2:50 PM - 4:05 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Are you curious and/or excited about using interactive exercises to engage your students, but are nervous about your ability to succeed? If so, then Design Thinking may be right for you! Fortunately, as it relates to using Design Thinking (DT) in the classroom, DT can be considered a one-size-fits-all methodology. Its versatility provides instructors with a multitude of opportunities for incorporating it in your classes.

One of the biggest myths about doing so is that Design Thinking is too time consuming. In reality, one of the benefits of Design Thinking is that it uses a rapid approach to enhance creativity. If you are interested in an innovative way to engage your students, perhaps Design Thinking is a good fit for your classes. During the presentation, participants will get a quick overview of Design Thinking (DT) and learn how the various phases in the DT process can be effectively incorporated (in whole or in part) into your classes.

Facilitating DT can also be a daunting task, so it's important to be aware of the classroom environment and prepare for handling challenges. The presenter will share success stories of using DT in the classroom and provide participants with tips and tricks to engage students and avoid pitfalls.

*Prior knowledge of Design Thinking is helpful, but not required to attend this presentation.


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Robert (Bob) Szymanski
School of Accounting
Darla Moore School of Business

Robert “Bob” Szymanski is a lecturer in the School of Accounting and serves as the faculty coordinator for the SAP Academic Alliances program. Szymanski also works directly with the Department of Executive Education to help develop corporate outreach at the Darla Moore School of Business. He owns and operates a private consulting firm which specializes in SAP consulting and education. His consulting work has included many Fortune 500 companies as well as SAP America. He holds several industry certifications in SAP including one in Design Thinking.