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?

The Teaching and Learning Studio workshop helps higher education teachers use design thinking to create student-centric active learning experiences.

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, 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.

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

Workshop Details


  • January 20-23, 2018
  • June 11-14, 2018
  • July 16-19, 2018


Stanford University’s d.school


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.


Deadline for January 2018 workshop: November 13, 2017
Deadline for June 2018 workshop
: April 16, 2018
Deadline for July 2018 workshop: May 14, 2018
Our team will notify you of your acceptance within one week of application.


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
  • Lunches, snacks and caffeine
  • 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.

  • 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