Teaching and Learning Studio

At the d.school, we take teaching and learning to the next level.

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 (TLS) workshop helps higher education teachers and administrators use design thinking to create student-centric learning experiences, inside and outside of the classroom.

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. 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. You will join a vibrant community of like-minded educators to continue learning from one another after the workshop.



July 13 – October 12, 2021 (two-part virtual program with personal coaching – read more here)


Our workshop in July 2021 will be held virtually. Read about the first virtual TLS workshop we held.


  • 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. For the July 2021 workshop, the deadline to apply is May 31, 2021.

Note that workshops often reach capacity in advance of the deadline, and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.


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 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



Sign up here to receive an email when future workshop applications are open.

Past participants

550 educators trained: deans, department chairs, provosts, program directors and university presidents

Disciplines include engineering, art, medicine, business, physics, biology, education, law and computer science

“Through your effective use of activities and technologies, I felt more a part of this community than I usually feel at face-to-face conferences. The elements of fun, surprise and gratitude were essential elements of this effect.”
Margaret Shippey, Miami Dade College
2020 Virtual TLS participant

“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
2019 TLS participant

“As most engineering professors, I haven’t had much training on how to teach. Moreover, I haven’t had a lot of understanding how students actually learn. I thought everyone learned just like me. I thought I should teach just like I was taught. Wrong! After TLS, I always start with the learners: who they are, what is their prior knowledge. This is a foundation on which I can build a learning experience, using pedagogical levers and other tools introduced at the workshop.”
Ilya Avdeev, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2016 TLS participant

What’s included

  • A unique immersive experience
  • Custom instructional materials
  • Coaching from teaching team, guest experts and TLS alumni
  • Lunches, snacks and caffeine (for in-person workshops)

Travel and lodging are not included for in-person workshops

Teaching team

Our TLS teaching team members:

  • have expertise across multiple disciplines 
  • have taught at top U.S, universities: Stanford University, University of Maryland, University of San Diego, Harvey Mudd College, James Madison University 
  • are seasoned learning experience designers 
  • have experience teaching in different formats: in-person, online, hybrid

Article on July 2020 Virtual TLS

Our first Virtual Teaching and Learning Studio workshop took place in July 2020 after the global pandemic forced us to redesign our in-person workshop for a virtual space. Here’s what we discovered in the process, and how other educators can benefit from what we learned. Read more here.

Article in Chronicle of Higher Education

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