UNCG Online has developed two new undergraduate online courses that teach students to think critically, interpret data, and solve problems—skills that students can use in the workplace right away.
Both courses are taught entirely online and are shorter than the traditional semester—each course lasts just seven weeks.
Systems Thinking examines interrelations and interactions in the world as influenced by our perspective.
January 17, 2017 – March 6, 2017
Erika Rauer, MM
Design Thinking is an innovative, human-centered approach to problem solving and promoting change.
Design Thinking – IPS 301-01D
March 7, 2017 – May 2, 2017
Courtney Harrington, PhD
This course will teach students to apply Design Thinking to real world problems and situations including those in their everyday lives. Design Thinking is a set of attitudes; it’s a positive way of approaching complex problems. Thus it embraces ambiguity and learns from failure. It practices empathy for the user, client, or customer. In fact, this is its distinguishing characteristic. The Design Thinking methodology is used for problem solving by corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and entrepreneurs.
This course relies on frequent feedback and interaction with classmates, the professor, and an external support team. In the course, students will use case studies to learn the tools and processes of Design Thinking and then apply those tools and processes to a project of their choosing.
Interested in taking one of these courses? Contact your advisor.