Design Thinking for Educators Series

This series, developed by Monash D-Lab @ Art, Design and Architecture focuses on using Design Thinking’s complex problem-solving methodology to discover:

  • the opportunity within the challenge;
  • how to utilise the knowledge and experience of your peers;
  • the impact of student-focused solutions.

Using your case-studies and classroom experiences we will take you through the Design Thinking process together, working in small groups to discover, define, design and demonstrate effective and efficient solutions that you can utilise immediately. Our emphasis is on practical, impactful solutions that can be implemented now.

Please note: We ask all participants to bring a case study to the workshop for discussion. We will provide you with information and guidelines on this when you enrol.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program it is anticipated that participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise that challenges are also opportunities leading to improved educational experiences
  2. Draw upon the expertise of colleagues using simple design thinking strategies
  3. Confidently involve students as co-designers of solutions to learning challenges.

Workshops in the series

Participants can enrol in individual workshops or complete the entire series.

Workshop 1 - Reinvigorate your classroom with Design Thinking

What a year! Will we ever forget it? 2020 presented the world with unique challenges. Our students were thrust from their predictable classrooms into a challenging virtual space, physically separated from their teacher and peers.

How have they coped? How can they adjust back to “normal”? What have they learned about themselves and their relationship to learning?

This workshop will focus on reinvigorating your classroom and bringing students back to their familiar learning spaces in a revitalised way.

Workshop 2 - Design Thinking for creative problem-solving in the classroom

Teaching is a complex and demanding responsibility. A teacher needs to ensure the demands of the curriculum are met, that learning happens to the best of the ability of their instruction and the students’ capabilities, as well as meeting the expectations of School Principals, School Boards, parents and the community.

Many challenges are complex and difficult to define - and even harder to “solve”.

This workshop focuses on developing strategies to identify the core of the challenge and to be sure you’re responding to the ‘source’ of the issue and not the ‘symptom’; it will help you identify the stakeholders and where, in the ecosystem of learning, you can most effectively drive change.

Workshop 3 - Using co-design with your students to create an engaged learning culture.

Our students often have great ideas and insights and are keen to be involved in addressing issues collectively. Your classroom can be a much more engaging space if your students have a sense of ownership around structures and decisions.

Co-design can be one of the richest and most rewarding experiences of addressing change and challenge, but it needs to be carefully structured.

This workshop focuses on the co-design process, exploring ways in which you can both teach your students design thinking and engage them in making key decisions about their classroom experience.

Workshop 4 - Design thinking and responding to dynamic change

The end of the teaching year is a productive time for reflection and planning for the year ahead. Dynamic change is here to stay. But how do we respond to this change, finding the opportunities within it to try new and perhaps, better ways of doing and being?

Reflection and re-evaluation is an important part of the teacher’s professional life,

This workshop will provide a structured Design Thinking experience to evaluate the challenges of the past year and to plan for the year ahead, focusing on change-responsiveness and challenge-exploitation (if it’s going to happen – let’s get the best of it for ourselves and our students)!


Each workshop is over two days online.
9:30am to 4:30pm AEST (with multiple breaks).

When and where

Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest in this course or to discuss tailoring the course for group delivery at your venue.


Please contact us for further information on course fees.

Workshop facilitators

The workshops are facilitated by Monash D-Lab @ Art, Design and Architecture.

D-Lab draws on the expertise of the designer’s approach to problem-solving, introducing strategies to encourage creative, imaginative and innovative solutions to ‘wicked’ problems.


Participants must have a qualification in Education and/or extensive work experience within the education sector.


There is no assessment associated with this course.


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) 1, 2, 3 and 6.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.