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 help students develop 21st century skills and mindsets?

The Teaching and Learning Studio workshop helps higher education teachers and administrators use design thinking to create student-centric learning experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.

This in-person training is hosted at Stanford University’s d.school. In this workshop, you will learn (by doing) creative practices for designing and facilitating learning experiences, debriefing, and using physical space as a teaching tool. The workshop is limited to 44 higher education faculty and administrators. You will be able to immediately apply these learnings to your practice, whether you teach students directly, or serve students and/or faculty in other roles.

Learn more about our workshop, and what it’s like to apply design thinking in higher education, in this September 2017 Chronicle of Higher Education feature article.

Workshop Details

Upcoming Dates

  • June 11-14, 2018 (at capacity)
  • July 16-19, 2018 (at capacity)
  • January 12-15, 2019
  • June 11-14, 2019
  • July 16-19, 2019


Stanford University’s d.school


Higher education faculty: Tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct/clinical faculty are welcome, as well as administrators who serve students and/or faculty. Faculty from both 4-year and 2-year institutions are welcome. 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.


Deadline for January 2019 workshop: November 12, 2018
Deadline for June 2019 workshop
: April 11, 2019
Deadline for July 2019 workshop: May 16, 2019

Acceptances are on a rolling basis, so it is possible that the workshops fill up before the above deadlines.

Our team will notify you of your acceptance within 1 to 2 weeks of application.


Faculty and administrators from schools participating in the UIF program: $4,000 per person
Faculty and administrators from schools NOT participating in the UIF program: $5,000 per person
Group rate: secure three registrations for the same workshop and get the fourth registration free (25% discount)

What’s included

  • Four days of a custom-designed immersive experience
  • Custom instructional materials
  • Lunches, snacks and caffeine
  • 1:1 working call via videoconference to craft a project for the workshop

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.

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

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

Learn By Doing

Days 1-2

  • Dive into a design thinking challenge, working in teams with other educators.

Days 3-4

  • Deconstruct your learning experience into strategies and tools to apply to your own context and courses.

Chronicle of Higher Education Article

What does it look like to learn and apply design thinking in higher education? Get an inside look in this Chronicle of Higher Education feature, published in September 2017.

Reporter Lee Gardner attended our program’s faculty workshop, the Teaching and Learning Studio, and wrote about his experience. Read the article here.

Example Design Thinking Workshop at Stanford’s d.school