Reinhold Steinbeck, learning designer and international educational development specialist from Stanford University, will open this year's University of Delaware Summer Faculty Institute on June 1.
In his keynote address, "Design Thinking as a Learning Process: Building Innovation Capacity and Creative Competence within a Global Context," Steinbeck will use an interactive approach to explain "design thinking", a user-centered and team-based approach for developing innovative solutions within a global context.
Design thinking is a creative process based around sharing ideas: It is a protocol that combines empathy, creativity, and rationality for solving problems and discovering new opportunities in a practical and creative way. Because judgment is absent early in the process, the fear of failure is diminished. This method promotes maximum input and participation in later phases of the process.