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

  • July 15-19, 2019 (at capacity — apply to be added to the wait list)
  • January 10-14, 2020 (Friday – Tuesday)
  • June 8-12, 2020 (Monday – Friday)
  • July 13-17, 2020 (Monday – Friday)

Note: The workshop begins in at 2:30 pm on day one, and ends at 4:15 pm on day five.


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. Educators 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.


Please use the button below to submit your application.

IMPORTANT: There is no deadline to apply, but acceptance decisions for the January 2020 workshop will be communicated on the last weeks of June, July, and September 2019, or until capacity is reached; and for the June and July 2020 workshops, the last weeks of September, October and November, or until capacity is reached.

Note that the workshops fill out 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: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html

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

Travel and lodging are not included.


Please contact leticia@dschool.stanford.edu.

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 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.