187 learners taking this course
This course been developed in partnership with Visy. For over 70 years Visy has been committed to finding sustainable solutions for Australia’s recyclables and helping to reduce local landfills. Visy collects, receives and sorts paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium from households, businesses and schools with the purpose of reusing these products in the re-manufacture of new packaging products.
Design Thinking is a process for creative problem solving, which uses a designer’s toolkit to find innovative solutions to big challenges. This course will walk you through the five stages of the Design Thinking process and help you find avenues to use it in the primary curriculum.
- Why design thinking is a valuable teaching and learning tool
- How to use the five stages of Design Thinking in your curriculum
- How to use Design Thinking to empower students to problem-solve
- How to access free lesson plans and student worksheets
- Foundation to Year 6: Design and Technologies, other subject areas, integrated units
- Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability
- General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
This course contributes to your professional development hours in every Australian state and is accredited in the ACT. In NSW it can be completed as elective PD. This course addresses the following Australian Teacher Professional Standards:
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
This course is accredited by TQI for 2 hours professional development for teachers in the ACT.
Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.
Melanie Rowland is an experienced teacher who is passionate about driving change to create high-quality learning experiences for students. She constantly reflects on and develops her own practice so she can adapt and grow to suit the ever-changing context of education. While still continuing to work in a range of schools, Melanie is also extending herself beyond school to mentor other teachers, write teaching resources and engage with the broader educational community.
As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.