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BBED6798 Design Thinking in Action


Project Details


65% of children studying in primary schools today will ultimately work in jobs that currently have not yet existed (WEF report 2016). The complex and unpredictable future has created challenges for nurturing student educators for the 21st century. Collaborate with the PolyU Jockey Club ‘Operation SoInno’, this course aims to nurture social innovative and reflective student educators who can find solutions to real-world problems and generate innovative ideas to create a better future. Our student educators will first learn about the theoretical underpinnings of design thinking and the reflective learning cycles in experiential education. Then they will work in cross-disciplinary teams to put their knowledge into practice – facilitating secondary school students’ learning process in subject-based design thinking and helping them to reflect upon themselves as active learners. Student educators will integrate social innovation and humanity through the lens of design thinking and develop important 21st century skills.




Semester 2, 2023-24 (dates to be confirmed)


  • Intensive input sessions will be organised on Saturday mornings plus Saturday workshops conducted at PolyU at the beginning of the course. Students also will need to reserve 8-12 afternoons on weekdays for facilitating design thinking workshops at PolyU after the input sessions.




Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation (DISI) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and secondary schools




  1. UG students from all disciplines (No. of places: 12)
  2. Applicants may be asked to attend virtual interviews or submit introductory videos for enrolment. Please look for emails sent to the HKU email after enrolment.




Register BBED6798 Design Thinking in Action via SIS (Students will earn 6 credits after successful completion of the course)


Application Deadline


Online course add/drop period in Semester 2, 2023-24




  1. All Experiential Learning courses offered by the Faculty of Education adopt PASS/FAIL grading basis.
  2. Students may need to study/work off-campus in schools/premises of our community partners and/or their collaborating partners.




Ms. Vivien Lee (Email: [javascript protected email address])