Virtual Training on Implementing Design Thinking in Teaching

On May 22, 2021, the STEM Education Research Center (STEMERC) of Samtse College of Education organized a Virtual Training on Implementing Design Thinking in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment for Tendruk Central School. The training was facilitated by Mr. Alexander Sivitskis along with Dr.Reeta Rai, Dr.Kinley, and Mr. Sherab Chophel. The principal of Tendruk Central School, along with 55 teachers, participated in a three-hour virtual training via Zoom.

An Introduction to Design Thinking

Design Thinking provides a systematic approach for students to make meaningful impact and take action in communities. The concept of design thinking embodies both a mindset as well as structure. Educators and students who engage in design thinking embrace the ideas of innovation in order to solve problems. The practice of design thinking can be integrated into curriculum through five discrete steps: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.

Figure 1: The design thinking process. Adapted from Think Design & Convert, 2018


Design thinking has been used in a variety of educational settings around the world. The practice represents a promising educational approach in Bhutan, particularly in light of the new Royal Kasho on Educational Reform. Based on His Majesty the King’s Royal Kasho, it is now imperative that Bhutanese educators must now shift student practice away from passive modes of learning to better align outcomes with the needs of the 21stCentury. Integrating design thinking into the classroom is one path that could lead to the realization of this vision.

The objectives of the virtual training:

  • introduce participants to design thinking as a systematic approach for students to make a meaningful impact in communities through the curriculum;
  • orient participants in teaching students how to define a challenge or opportunity using empathy, an understanding of bias, and a focus on community or professional need;
  • train participants to integrate design thinking into their teaching and learning processes.