Course Description

Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving, which uses a designer’s toolkit to find innovative solutions to big challenges. This course will walk you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process and help you find avenues to use it in the primary curriculum.

You’ll learn:

  • Why design thinking is a valuable teaching and learning tool. How to use the five stages of Design Thinking in your curriculum.
  • How to use Design Thinking to empower students to problem-solve.
  • How to access free lesson plans and student worksheets.

This course has been developed by Cool Australia in partnership with Visy


Target Audience

Primary Teachers


Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching Page 1 strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources: Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Start Here

    • About This Course

    • Handout - Introduce Primary Students to Design Thinking

    • About VISY

    • What is Design Thinking?

    • Set a Learning Goal

    • Reflection Task

  • 2

    Module 2 - Curriculum Links

    • Design and Technologies

  • 3

    Module 3 - Stages of Design Thinking

    • Design Thinking Processes

    • Re-Imagining Resources

    • Stage 1 - Empathise

    • Stage 2 - Define

    • Stage 3 - Ideate

    • Stage 4 - Prototype - Select Ideas and Create Prototypes

    • Stage 4 - Prototype - Seek Feedback

    • Reflective Task

    • Stage 5 - Test

    • Quick Check-In

    • Reflection Task

  • 4

    Module 4 - Your Teaching

    • School Challenge

    • Teaching Resources

    • Teaching Tips

  • 5

    Module 5 - Reflection

    • Reflect on your Learning

    • Reflection

    • Your Next Steps

  • 6

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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