The best part of teaching is learning what it is that students gain from the course that you’ve offered, and where they have encountered obstacles that could be removed in future iterations.
I have just finished teaching a new course in innovation by design under the title Design Thinking for Social Change. It was new to me in pointing the frame of innovation towards “social change” rather than the commercial opportunities presented by emerging technologies and markets. The student body was also new to me – rather than the design, engineering and business majors I have encountered in the past, this time I met a group of students enrolled in a two year Master of Divinity (M.Div) program at the Pacific School of Religion here in Berkeley.
The third difference from “traditional” design thinking coursework was the content I introducted under the heading of “design consciousness”. I’ve offered some of this material before, but aplified it into the intersection between “social change” and “divinity”.