Teaching and Learning Studio

The Teaching and Learning Studio is an immersive in-person experience to build your capacity as a designer in higher education.

In this workshop you will learn design tools and mindsets that will expand your capacity to navigate complex challenges – in higher education and beyond. You will work on different dimensions of working as a designer that will help you grow as an educator and better serve your students.

What you can expect

You will spend 5 days at the d.school, living and breathing design day in and day out, surrounded by like-minded peers and supported by designers and pedagogical innovators. You will go back home refreshed with a new outlook, a powerful toolkit, and actionable steps to continue your learning journey and empower others.

The program will give you tools to leverage design in reimagining the way you work, whether you teach classes or run programs that work with faculty, staff, and students outside the classroom.   

Upon completion of the program, you will leave the workshop with self-paced tools to continue exploring how design might add value to your work. You will also have the tools to lead others through design work. You might apply design to your own teaching, lead your students through design work and/or engage colleagues in applying design in the context of a shared program, project or initiative.

We are currently designing an advanced offering (tentatively for the Fall of 2022) for those who complete this workshop and want to deepen their practice and help shape the future of higher education.


June cohort:
Monday June 27, 2022 – Friday July 1, 2022

July cohort:
Monday July 25, 2022 – Friday July 29, 2022

Please indicate your cohort of choice in your application. 

Daily workshop schedule: 9 am – 5 pm PT

Who should apply

  • Higher education faculty (tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct/clinical faculty)
    Note: Whether you teach physics, design, humanities, engineering; in person, online or use a hybrid model, this program will help you create experiences that unleash the full learning potential of students, leveraging what we know about how people learn.
  • Higher education administrators/leaders (those who serve students and/or faculty at their schools, including program directors and managers, deans, associate deans, provosts, etc)
  • Educators from both 4-year and 2-year post-secondary institutions are welcome


The Hasso Plattner Institute of design (d.school) at Stanford University
416 Escondido Mall #550, Stanford, CA 94305

COVID-19 Precautions

We will abide by Stanford University and local regulations to ensure we have a safe event. We will share protocols and requirements closer to the workshop dates.


Learn more here.


Please use the button below to submit your application.

Applications for both workshops will be accepted until May 13 2022, or until capacity is reached.

Acceptances will be communicated 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 $1,000 per person.



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Past participants

600 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

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