Learning with design thinking

07856E88-82AF-4494-8E3F-0D6117ADD1A0In Italy, we are still somewhat unaccustomed to the design thinking approach that is dominating international education, in particular in US academic circles.

Learning to design our thinking. Literally, we are called upon to plan and design our thinking and to organize it in such a way as to frame it in an effective systematic way. This is fundamental for graduates or students who will find themselves facing an unprecedented labor market.

This infograph gives us a clearer picture of the 7 tenets of the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. The method is based on a different approach to learning, which sees teachers not as mere purveyors of knowledge, but rather as coaches that guide the self-learning process.

The core target of this kind of learning is to set students free to make sense of their learning and to transfer their learning through authentic performances. Their hands-on experimental training is, in fact, no less important then their intellectual knowledge-based development.

And if it is true, as Richard Sennett writes in his book “The Craftsman”, that the craftsman’s capacity of digging deep are on the opposite pole of a modern society that prefers shallowness, quick training and a superficial knowledge, we should start now to apply the design thinking methods to our everyday actions, whether big or small, and to learn how to venture into a depth that no society can wipe out.

As accurately as a designer, as prepared as an analyst, and as carefully and patiently as a craftsman.

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