Teaching and Learning Studio

At the d.school, we take learning to the next level. Here, educators from across disciplines experiment with new ways of engaging students using design thinking. Active learning; project-based learning; experiential learning. What do these buzzwords really mean? How do you actually apply these strategies in ways that helps students develop 21st century skills and mindsets? This in-person training, hosted at Stanford’s d.school, is for higher education faculty who want to get better at creating learning experiences with students at the center.

In this workshop, you will learn (by doing) creative practices for designing and facilitating learning experiences, team teaching, debriefing, and using physical space as a teaching tool. Led by d.school faculty and program leaders of the University Innovation Fellows (UIF), this workshop will be open to 30 higher education faculty. You will be able to immediately apply these learnings to your teaching practice.

Workshop Details

Dates (2 options): June (June 13-16, 2017), July (July 18-21, 2017)
Location: Stanford University’s d.school
Teaching team: led by d.school lecturer and University Innovation Fellows program co-director Leticia Britos Cavagnaro.

Who can apply?

Higher Education Faculty. Both tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct/clinical faculty are welcome, as well as staff with current or upcoming teaching responsibilities. Faculty do not have to be sponsors of University Innovation Fellows, nor do they have to bring a Fellow. However, priority and a price discount will be given to campuses who have University Innovation Fellows.

Application deadline: Rolling admission. First come, first serve.
Notification: Allow one week for processing.


Faculty (from schools participating in the UIF program): $4,000 per person

Faculty (from schools NOT participating in the UIF program): $5,000 per person

Group rate: secure three registrations and get the fourth registration free (25% discount)

What’s included:

                • Four days of a custom-designed immersive experience
                • Custom instructional materials
                • Lunch
                • Post-workshop follow-up

Travel and lodging are NOT included.

Please contact team@universityinnovation.org.

What Makes This Experience Unique

  • Get immersed in a unique space designed to support innovative teaching and learning.

  • Learn alongside university students from different schools to gain a deep understanding of the student experience.

  • Explore the “behind the scenes” of how teaching teams design and plan a learning experience.

  • Join a vibrant community of like-minded educators to continue learning from one another after the workshop.

  • Experience learning that goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

Learn By Doing

Days 1-2

  • Dive into a design thinking challenge, working in teams with other educators and with students (University Innovation Fellows).

Day 3

  • Debrief and deconstruct your learning experience into strategies and tools to apply to your own context and courses

Day 4

  • Experiment with those strategies and tools to design a variety of learning experiences suitable for different goals and contexts.

Example Design Thinking Workshop at Stanford’s d.school