In this course, students can learn the basics of design thinking in a PBL(Project Based Learning) style. Students from different backgrounds form teams. Each team selects a small project to work on design activities, and make a presentation on the outcome.
The goals of the course are to learn the basics of design thinking and to exercise implementing them.
- understand the basic knowledge and skills of design thinking
- become accustomed to cross-cultural communication
- become cross-culturally aware
design thinking, PBL (project based learning)、cross cultural awareness
|Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
As collaboration is the main activity, this course is an intensive course of one week.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||5 day intensive course Day 1 Ice-breaking, team formation, simple collaboration, lecture on design thinking Day 2 Introduction to Japanese society, culture and technology, explanation of problems to tackle in this class, concept designing by team Day 3 Selection of a design concept, 2D prototyping, improvement of the design concept Day 4 3D prototyping or preparation of demonstration Day 5 Finishing operation, preparation of presentation, presentation||Each team selects one of the following design targets. (1) products, systems or services to solve an important problem of Japanese society, e.g, aging. (2) products, systems or services based on Japanese technology or cultures (3) products, systems or services targeting the Japanese market|
hand out materials as needed
(1) participation situation to / attitude to tackle a project (30%)
(2) result of project and its presentation (70%)
(2) will be evaluated as a team.
Basic English Communication.
Motivations to global teamwork.
When the number of applicants exceeds 20, we will select 20 of them for this class in consideration of the balance of foreign/domestic participants. When the number of applicants is less than 10, we may cancel this class.