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 5-day in-person training is hosted at Stanford University’s d.school. You will learn by doing and use a set of pedagogical levers that will expand your abilities to design and facilitate learning experiences and programs. The workshop is limited to 48 higher education faculty and administrators. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn 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 Chronicle of Higher Education feature article.


  • June 8-12, 2020 (Monday – Friday) — CANCELLED (see below)
  • July 13-17, 2020 (Monday – Friday) — CANCELLED (see below)
  • July 6-17, 2020 (virtual; 2 weeks; Monday-Friday)
  • January 8-12, 2021 (Friday – Tuesday) (*)
  • July 26-30, 2021 (Monday-Friday) (*)

Update, April 21, 2020: Given the uncertainty created by the global pandemic, travel restrictions imposed by multiple academic institutions, and Stanford’s restrictions around on-campus meetings, we won’t be able to hold in-person versions of the June and July Teaching and Learning Studio Workshops. In their place, we are offering a virtual 2-week workshop that will equip educators with design tools, skills and mindsets to create effective learning experiences and programs in any medium and context.

Schedule for in-person workshops: they begin at 2 pm on day one, and end at 4:15 pm on day five. More detailed schedule is provided upon application.

(*) In-person workshops are subject to change or cancellation due to force majeure.

Schedule for virtual workshop, July 6-17 2020: synchronous work (whole group, small groups) during the 8-11am PST/11am-2pm EST window on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays plus self-paced work adding up to a total of 4 hs (synchronous and asynchronous) per day; only self-paced work on Wednesdays.


Stanford University’s d.school for in-person workshops


Higher education faculty: tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct/clinical faculty.

Higher education administrators/leaders: those who serve students and/or faculty at their schools –program directors and managers, deans, associate deans, provosts, etc.

Educators from both 4-year and 2-year post-secondary institutions are welcome. A price discount will be given to campuses who have University Innovation Fellows.


Please use the button below to submit your application.

Note that workshops reach capacity several months in advance, and time of application will be considered in the admission decisions.


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


We are excited to offer a number of scholarships to Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). If your school is an MSI and you are applying for a scholarship, please note this in your application. See if your school qualifies here.

Scholarships will be granted on a first-come first-served basis to educators from qualifying institutions. For these schools, the cost is:

Faculty and administrators from schools participating in the UIF program: $800 per person
Faculty and administrators from schools NOT participating in the UIF program: $1,000 per person

What’s included

  • A unique immersive experience
  • Custom instructional materials
  • Lunches, snacks and caffeine (except for virtual workshop)

Travel and lodging are not included.


Please contact leticia@dschool.stanford.edu.

“The diversity of staff, teachers, colleagues was amazing. I was in a room full of adult learners seeking to expand design thinking for themselves and others…..I came to the d.school knowing that I would learn. I didn’t know that I would become more fully committed to this life process with each day. Most important for me was being surrounded by brilliant designers both in my colleagues and teachers, allowing great conversations and fun. What a gift this was/is.”

Kayt Havens, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
July 2019 workshop participant

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 1-3

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

Days 3-5

  • Design Learning: Deconstruct your learning experience into strategies and tools to apply to your own context, courses, and projects.

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.

Schools we’ve worked with

Alpha College of Engineering, Bengaluru; American University of Beirut; American University of Ras Al Khaimah; Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation; Andrews University; Arizona State University; Ateneo de Manila University; Auckland University of Technology; Austin College; Australian National University; Azusa Pacific University; Berea College; BI Norwegian Business School; Brigham Young University; Bucknell University; Cal Poly Pomona; California Polytechnic State University; California State University, Fullerton; Case Western Reserve University; Center for General Education; China Europe International Business School; Chronicle of Higher Education; Claremont Colleges; Clemson University; CMR Institute of Technology; Colgate University; College of the Bahamas; Colorado School of Mines; Columbus State University; Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology; Dartmouth College; Dayananda Sagar Institution; Dhanekula Institute of Engineering & Technology; Dixie State University; Drexel University; Duke University; Elizabethtown College; Emory University; Erasmus University; ETH Zürich; Fayetteville State University; FH Salzburg; Florida Institute of Technology; Fordham University; Franklin & Marshall College; Fundação Getulio Vargas; Galgotias Educational Institutions; George Washington University; Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology; Google; Grand Valley State University; Harvard Medical School; Harvard University; Harvey Mudd College; Howard University; IIIT – R K Valley; Institute of Management Technology – Ghaziabad; International Institute for Management Development; James Madison University; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada; Joint Special Operations University; KKR and KSR Institute Of Technology And Sciences; KLS Gogte Institute of Technology; Lancaster University; Lehigh University; Lingnan University; London School of Economics and Political Science; Louisiana State University; Loyola University Maryland; Madanapalle Institute of Technology & Science; Malnad College of Engineering; Marquette University; McMaster University; Medical College of Wisconsin; Medical University of South Carolina; Melbourne University; Michigan Technological University; Midwestern University; Missouri University of Science & Technology; Montana State University; Montpellier University of Excellence; Munich Business School; Nanyang Polytechnic; Narxoz University; National Chengchi University; National Institute of Development Administration; National University of Singapore; NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte; O’More College of Design; Oregon Institute of Technology; Oregon State University; Pennsylvania State University; Pepperdine University; Pomona College; Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile; Principia College; PSB Academy; Purdue University; Queen’s University; R V College of Engineering; Real Industry; RGUKT Nuzvid; Rice University; Rollins College; Rutgers University; RVR & JC College of Engineering, Guntur; Sagi Rama Krishnam Raju Engineering College; Sam Houston State University; San Francisco State University; Santa Monica College; Shri Shirdi Sai Institute of Science & Engineering; Siam University; Siddharth Institute of Engineering and Technology; Sofia University; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; Southern Illinois Univeristy; Southern Illinois University – Carbondale; Southern New Hampshire University; SPIROX Education Foundation; Squadron Officer School; Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam (Womens’ University); Srushti Degree College; St. Mary’s Group of Institutions; Stanford University; Stephens College; Stevens Institute of Technology; Swarthmore College; Sweet Briar College; Texas Christian University; Thomas Jefferson University; Thompson Rivers University; TIO Universtity of Applied Sciences; Troy University; Tzu Chi University; United States Air Force Academy; Universidad de la Cuenca del Plata; Universidad de los Andes; Universidad de Montevideo; Universidad Francisco Marroquín; Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso; Universitas Brawijaya; Université de Montpellier; Université Grenoble Alpes; University in Ljubljana; University of the Pacific; University of Aarhus Denmark; University of Adelaide; University of Adelaide; University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Arizona; University of Auckland; University of British Columbia; University of California Los Angeles; University of Canterbury; University of Cincinnati; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Colorado Colorado Springs; University of Denver; University of Economics – Varna; University of Exeter; University of Florida; University of Georgia; University of Grenoble Alps (France); University of Liechtenstein; University of Maryland; University of Maryland-College Park; University of Massachusetts Amherst; University of Melbourne; University of Nebraska Medical Center; University of Nevada Las Vegas; University of New Hampshire; University of New Mexico; University of Newcastle; University of Newcastle Australia; University of North Georgia; University of Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh; University of Rochester; University of Saint Thomas; University of San Diego; University of St. Thomas; University of Technology Sydney; University of Texas at Austin; University of the District of Columbia; University of the Pacific; University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC); University of Tulsa; University of Virginia; University of Western Ontario; University of Wisconsin – Madison; University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin – Stout; US Air Force Air University; Utah Valley University; Vanderbilt University; Varna Free University; Varna University of Management; Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology; Visvesveraya Technological University; Vlerick Business School; Wesleyan University; Whitman College; Xavier University; Youngstown State University; Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Countries our participants are from

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay