Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students learn 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, teamwork and empathy) as well as design thinking methods and process as a tool for learning. During the course students also get an opportunity to reflect on their own learning journey and future learning desires, thus becoming more aware of their own ways of learning.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 29.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Juuso Tervo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saga-Sofia Santala, Mari Savio, Juuso Tervo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the course students experiment and experience different design learning methods by testing them, analysing the process and working together with a "customer". Each contact teaching session has its own agenda, following the design thinking process, and consists of group work, discussions, info shots, sketchbook work and design learning method testing activities. The final course projects are presented in the last session.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In order to pass the course, students are expected:

    - 80% participation in class (incl. workshops, discussions, sharing in groups and final presentations of the course projects)
    - Weekly reflective individual tasks in sketchbook format
    - Design Learning project in groups of 3-5 students

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    21h contact teaching and workshops

    59h individual and group work

    80% attendance required


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    4-5 academic articles, teacher's presentation material and facilitated workshops about design thinking and design learning, learning by doing and prototyping materials such as papers, pen, scissors, tape, images etc.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    17 Partnerships for the Goals