June 1, 2017

Online Courses

ONLINE COURSES

Online courses are a great way to learn design thinking no matter where you live along with the guidance of instructors and a community of fellow students. Here are some online courses varying in price and teaching styles.


IDEO U is an online school where leaders can unlock their creative potential and build their problem-solving skills.

This school is a part of IDEO and teaches its proven techniques and mindsets while empowering students to tackle complex problems.

Sample courses include From Ideas to Action, Leading for Creativity, and Storytelling for Influence.

  • Cost: $399 - 599
  • Length: ~1.5 months

Acumen and IDEO have partnered up to create a course dedicated to Human Centered Design that is available at absolutely no cost.

This is an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will challenge you to get out of your chair and out into the real world to talk to people and test your ideas. You’ll leave this experience equipped and energized to apply the human-centered design process to challenges across industries, sectors, and geographies to generate breakthrough ideas.

  • Cost: Free
  • Length: 9 Weeks

Prototyping is the stage of the human-centered design process where ideas come to life. Building prototypes is a low-cost and risk-averse way to get your ideas into the hands of the people you’re trying to change.

This is an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will equip you to prototype products, services, interactions, and environments. You’ll learn methods that IDEO.org designers use to quickly build prototypes, learn best practices for testing those ideas in the field, and collecting real user feedback to iterate efficiently.

  • Cost: Free
  • Length: 4 Weeks

An independent non-profit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox: that of increasing the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as possible. They democratise learning by providing top-notch curricular materials, and aim to strike the perfect balance between academic rigor and practical relevance.

  • Cost: $13/month, Student membership available as well
  • Length: Course Dependent

As a core part of the course, students participate in a team-based concept development project assignment. This project, focused on opportunity evaluation and concept development, is integrated into all course modules.

This course is unique as it focuses on business applications and is associaled with MIT's Sloan School of Management.

  • Cost:$900
  • Length: 2 Months

Lynda is an online learning community with thousands of courses including ones on design thinking.

The design thinking courses here vary from overview of the process, prototyping, and application in organizations.

Although there is a subscription fee of about $25/month, there are always new courses coming out on this platform.


Another online learning site, Coursera has a few design thinking courses ranging from innovation to entrepreneurship.

If you're already using Coursera and want to learn more, this is definitely a good platform to use.


Udemy is a platform for teachers to host courses for students and there are a handful of design thinking courses.

At the moment there seems to be a crash course that is highly reviewed and if you enroll at the right time discounts can bring course costs down to just $10