Course Description

Masterclass Design Thinking in Education

(English spoken) ‘Design Thinking in Education’ is a 2-Day Master Class that will introduce you to the concepts of Design Thinking in education and educational programs. This hands-on course teaches you to apply Design Thinking in order to create more meaningful experiences for your school or institution, your students and your team. We strongly believe in learning-by-doing, so the Design Thinking for Education will be a high-energy, hands-on event where you experience for yourself how Design Thinking can energize and vitalize education.


This Master Class is aimed at teaching professionals and staff working in an educational institute (Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences) as well as trainers in a business environment. In short, anyone involved in education and learning and who is keen to know more about Design Thinking and Human-Centered Innovation. Your goal is to be able to apply and facilitate these processes within educational programs.


This 2-day program educates you on the basics of how to innovate as a designer; how you can involve your students in the innovation processes, how to do human-centered research and how to develop new ideas together with (end)users. We train you to develop practical options and implement innovative ideas within your education institute.

The program offers you the opportunity to work on a case or challenge from your own educational environment (so, start thinking about a course you like to innovate or develop or a matter in your organization that you would like to tackle). We will provide you with lots of inspiration and practice to reframe the situation and to design new possibilities.

Next to the challenge, this course will contain small informal lectures and discussions. You will become more experienced in applying Design Thinking principles like visual thinking, empathy, iteration, storytelling to name a few. Along with these skills Design Thinking for Education will introduce you to a network of other education professionals with similar interests.


For several years now Design Thinking has helped organizations and individuals to rethink and redesign their value proposition to their end-users. Often by completely changing and invigorating their industry. This goes both for the public and private sectors. Thereby Design Thinking has become a strong driver for innovation and growth. It is only obvious to induce Design Thinking into the arena where learning and personal growth actually start: the educational environment.


In 2 days we will cover the first 3 stages of Design Thinking: Discover, Define, Develop (Ideate). The last stage, Deliver, will be discussed during the closing. During the Discover phase, you seek to get new insights into your challenge. Doing research, empathizing and differing judgment are important skills to put to work here. In Define we put your team’s power to work by deepening those insights into opportunities for solutions. The next step is to Develop where we generate many ideas for your challenge by applying various Ideation techniques. The best ideas are made tangible in prototypes so they can be tested on end-users. At the end of day 2, you present the tested and fine-tuned, solution to your challenge. In the closing, we discuss how your concept may be implemented in your organization.

Tools introduced during this Master Class:
Tools will include; Customer Journey Mapping, Building a Persona, Value Proposition Canvas, Stakeholder Mapping, Service Scenario and Stakeholder Value Network. Depending on the chosen challenge other appropriate tools may be introduced.


Joris Funcke highly experienced Trainer and Facilitator with a background in design, service design and education. Former service design professor in the US, nowadays lecturer at Avans School of innovation and associate partner of Design Thinkers Academy.

We can also offer you a tailor-made coaching program designed around your specific team objectives to guide you through the DT process.

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Our main objective is to provide you with hands-on tools that you can use immediately the next day in your working environment.

Besides the training program you will be handed out a toolkit, certificate and access to the DT Academy Network virtual environment.

The end result is aimed at a transformation of the participants, knowledge of tools and methods, a deep understanding of the value of design, and professional & personal growth.

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