UVA Darden Launches New Design Thinking Specialization on Coursera

15 December 2022

By Molly Mitchell

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has launched a new specialization based on a suite of courses on Design Thinking on Coursera, taught by Darden Professor Jeanne Liedtka.

The new Specialization builds on Professor Liedtka’s work in the space and her previous Coursera classes.

"I believe it to be the most comprehensive training in design thinking available today – short of attending design school!"
Darden Professor Jeanne Liedtka

Learners in the course will master design thinking skills in a hands-on format through a detailed 14-step process that tackles a project of their choosing, practicing all the most important tools from the field of human-centered design to generate and test ideas and connect with customers on a human level. Next, learners will deepen their practice with an in-depth journey through six key phases of the design thinking process, from immersion to learning-in-action, and explore the shifts in mindsets and skillsets that accompany each phase.

Courses in the Design Thinking Specialization include:

  1. Design Thinking: Insights to Inspiration
  2. Design Thinking: Ideas to Action
  3. Design Thinking: Discovery Tools
  4. Experiencing Design: Deepening Your Design Thinking Practice

“I am thrilled to be launching Darden’s Design Thinking specialization on Coursera,” said Liedtka. “In a world of change and uncertainty, the skills it provides are essential. This specialization reflects the best of our thinking, gathered over a decade of work, conducting research and teaching many thousands of students, both face-to-face and online. I believe it to be the most comprehensive training in design thinking available today — short of attending design school!”

Design Thinking Courses - a graphic illustrating six phases of experiences and actions that define design thinking.

Darden offers other a range of popular online courses and specializations in topics Business Strategy, Digital Product Management and more.

All courses are eligible for professional development units from the Project Management Institute and are available for immediate enrollment.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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