MOOC Design Thinking
In my role as Director of the Macromedia University MOOC Design Thinking I conceived, designed, planned and supervised the production of the first MOOC produced by Macromedia University which attracted more than 40,000 participants in two iterations.
The Macromedia University MOOC Design Thinking is not only about understanding the methodology of Design Thinking, it also provides profound insights into related scientific fields. Altogether 15 professors and lecturers present their knowledge and expertise, and scrutinize the topic from various perspectives.
Students were informed about Design Thinking and its creative and human-centered approach to stimulate meaningful innovation. The Macromedia University MOOC Design Thinking was launched on Wed, 26.02 2014 at Macromedia University and attracted in two iterations more than 40,000 participants.
More information here: http://www.mhmk-international.org/mooc-design-thinking
The Concept of Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking
In autumn 2013 Prof. Oliver Szasz (Vice Head Graduate School Munich) began to conceptualize the first MOOC of Macromedia University. A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is an online course, which enables students from all over the world to take courses from universities, usually free of charge. Next to traditional course materials e.g. videos, readings and assignments, MOOCs provide interactive user forums, where course questions can be answered and discussed in the course-related learning community.
The relatively young concept of MOOCs has been very intriguing for Macromedia University, which is known for its international reach and innovative learning environments. Prof. Faust (President Macromedia University) initiated this project, because a MOOC offers excellent opportunities to share knowledge on an unprecedented scale, it supports discourse with students globally, and allows participants to study self-directedly, in their own pace, whenever it is suitable for them.
Macromedia University’s curriculum provides a combination of theory and practical application in the strategic triangle of Business, Management and Design. The M.A. Media and Design programme at Macromedia University’s Graduate School strongly supports the concept of Design Thinking with its approach to tackle complex problems and to create successful innovation by adopting a design and a management perspective. Therefore, Design Thinking is not only at the core of the course curriculum, but has also become the topic of Macromedia University’s first MOOC. Learn more about the Macromedia Media and Design M.A. course.
The notion of Design Thinking has been discussed widely in recent years as a set of methods, which can be applied in a step-by-step process, in order to solve complex problems. Yet, Design Thinking should be considered not only as a methodology, but as a discipline, which examines aspects of society, culture, technology and economics and incorporates various other scientific fields accordingly. Therefore, Prof. Oliver Szasz created a concept for a Design Thinking MOOC that features 14 different professors and lecturers, who present knowledgeable and inspiring aspects of their fields, which provide not only a multitude of perspectives on Design Thinking, but also establish the distinctive angle of this MOOC.
The Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking links theoretical frames with practice. Students have the opportunity to look into fundamentals like historical and theoretical aspects of design, design models and design systems. They can gain deeper insights into the Design Thinking methodology and the human-centred design approach. They can learn how to apply teamwork and communications skills, and investigate creativity methods and visualization tools in the context of strategic design. And last but not least, the Macromedia MOOC Design Thinking will teach students how to evaluate ideas and concepts and why an innovation attitude and intercultural communication competence is crucial for a successful implementation.