Innovation Through Design

Connect creative thinking to real-world experiences and 21st-century skills through innovative educational approaches and instructional strategies.

3 Credits|8 Weeks|$1197

Industries and businesses worldwide use creative thinking to solve complex problems in a user-focused way. Creative thinking fits perfectly with art practices as schools guide students toward career readiness and 21st-century skills. In this course, participants will infuse the five stages of design thinking into art curriculum design and instructional practices to include human-centered, creative, and playful experiences for collaborative learning. Connect creative thinking to real-world experiences by fostering creativity, innovation, a growth mindset in art education, and exploring potential career options. Practical application will include a balance of innovative educational approaches and researched trends to create functional classroom implementation through curriculum design and instructional strategies.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for additional details.

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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