How Design Thinking Could Improve Learning Experiences

By Ferenc Boroczky - 12.04.2021 - Company Blog

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There’s no doubt about it: the world is changing, and we need learning solutions to support this change. In our ever-changing society, outdated methodologies and learning frameworks no longer meet contemporary needs. So, what’s the remedy?

It’s no longer enough for people to simply be taught – instead, we must create an environment of active learning, and the most effective way of encouraging this development is to change our way of thinking and create learning experiences that cultivate curiosity.

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is comprised of four core principles: it’s human-centered, collaborative, optimistic, and experimental. It’s an innovation process that emphasises active observation and collaboration while encouraging experimentation and creativity to solve problems instead of using conventional and often outdated methods. Why? When we think outside the box, we end up with original and inspiring solutions.

This mindset appreciates that learning isn’t one size fits all. It reinforces that the learning experience can be improved by personalising it towards the learner, and that flexible educational frameworks foster creativity. So, how can we achieve an environment which nurtures and stimulates free and original thought?

What is the design process and how you can get started?

Design thinking encourages participants to actively engage with studied problems through a lens of critical thinking – taking into account real-world implications and always keeping the subject’s need at the heart of the thought process. It involves fully understanding the issue before exploring and testing a wide range of solutions. At ANET360, this unique methodology is ingrained within everything we do.

Every design thinker has a slightly different approach, but the process can be broken down into four distinct phases to help get you started with implementing this innovative mindset into your learning environment.

  • The discovery phase harbors the objective to identify the problems at hand and gather insights and inspirations related to the subject of learning.
  • The define phase is where you will produce a clear brief for the type of learning experience you want to achieve.
  • The development phase takes the brief through repeated testing to see which technologies or methodologies best suit the objectives of the learning experience. The ANET360 Learning Experience Flow Map has been designed to assist in this phase by allowing you to clearly see how processes lead to specific outcomes.
  • Finally, the delivery phase sees the implementation of the new learning experience as the final concept is fine-tuned and launched.
"Consumers don’t want to be given a general set of instructions on how to use their goods, receive customer service at arm’s length or be put into a box. They want to feel significant, respected and accommodated – so does the modern student."
Change your thinking, change the future

Relying on technological advances alone to modernise learning by using tools such as augmented reality is not enough to truly renovate the learning experience. Design thinking encourages active learning, which maximizes student engagement and allows learners to delve into more complex subjects while retaining more information as a direct result of their heightened involvement.

The key to creating engaging learning experiences is to gather insights, for example, via a survey, from the learners themselves, for understanding their experiences is essential if we are to better them.

Capturing the modern learner’s focus is becoming increasingly difficult in the digital age, but design thinking could be the key to sparking the world’s interest in learning once more. Swap lectures for hands-on creative learning, and reap real, transformational and innovative results.

Ferenc Boroczky

Founder/ CEO - FrancisKodak Design Lab - Developer of ANET360 - Business design consultant with 5+ years of experience delivering effective strategic and commercial business initiatives. Strong Business and Design acumen, data analytics skills and broad financial modelling knowledge coupled with knowledge that gained from top European universities, such as University of St. Gallen and experience in Online marketing, Innovation, FMCG, Neuromarketing.