First week of teaching Design Thinking at NTNU

Design Thinking

Design Thinking at NTNU is a cross-disciplinary course spread out over 22 weeks. So far, 90 students have signed up from different countries (Erasmus students) and multiple university departments.

Empathy was the focus of the first week. The goal was to put the students a little bit out of their comfort zone. We did this by giving a crash course based on the Stanford DT model. The students brilliantly expressed each other’s experiences of gift-giving and presented tools, insights and products that could improve their experiences. It also looked as if they were enjoying it.

In the second lecture, the students had to take a similar approach but this time they learned the difference between PROBE and PROTOTYPE. They tested out the benefits of using a probe to gain end-user insight and to ‘put a face’ to the people that they may be targeting through innovation. The students developed PERSONAS and…

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on
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