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Design Thinking, Neurodesign and Facilitating Worthwhile Change: Towards a Curriculum for Innovation Engineering

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Innovation is in great demand today, just like curricula for innovation training. At the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI), design thinking has been used successfully over many years to train students and help them become capable innovators. Notably, this curriculum does not stand still but undergoes its own innovation processes. Innovation is change and good innovation education is itself open to planned as well as serendipitous developments. Neurodesign courses have been created at the HPI as an amendment to the design thinking curriculum. The approach encourages creative engineering in a promising field of innovation: at the intersection of digital engineering, neuroscience and design thinking. While such serendipitous discoveries of fruitful work areas are important for the development of innovation curricula, equally important is a good overview of competence domains that students need to practice to mature as innovators. In this chapter, we discuss a number of innovation competencies, which are now taught in complementary courses at the HPI. The classes distinguish themselves for instance by the role that subject-specific knowledge plays in the teaching, as from the area of digital engineering. In addition, inspiration for creative work is drawn from varying sources, such as empathy with user needs in some classes, while other classes focus more on the innovator’s own visions and passions. Overall, a collaborative spirit has proven itself invaluable for a positive teaching and learning experience. This collaboration is evident in both the individual courses, as well as in the fruitful development of the innovation curriculum as a whole. Through a generous interplay, marked by curiosity and mutual support across various disciplines, institutions and social roles, the best conditions emerge for innovation and innovation education.

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Thienen, J.V., Szymanski, C., Weinstein, T., Rahman, S., Meinel, C. (2022). Design Thinking, Neurodesign and Facilitating Worthwhile Change: Towards a Curriculum for Innovation Engineering. In: Meinel, C., Krohn, T. (eds) Design Thinking in Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-89113-8_6

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