Design thinking applied to education and training

About the project

D-Think, Design Thinking Applied to Education and Training is an initiative of 7 partners from 6 different European countries that has the support of the Erasmus+ Program of the European Commission.

Design Thinking is founded on the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and match solutions to the context. D-Think suggests the application of Design Thinking to HEI and VET Education as a response to the need for change in the provided curricula from Academic and Business Education.

Project objectives and goals

D-Think’s goal is to promote a wider use of Design Thinking as a transversal learning tool by developing and making available a digital course supported on mobile learning, for education professionals and professional trainers. Through this, the project aims to:

  • Stimulate HEI´s and VET providers to renew their learning approaches and methodologies.
  • Foster the cooperation between HEIs and the labor market for the training of human resources able to innovate and stimulate growth.

Project Methodology

  • Clarification of the concept of Design Thinking and identification of the top 10 Design Thinking principles for innovation in HEI & VET, through an extensive research. The research methodology is based on a Constructivist Design Research approach, using itself a Design Thinking model.
  • Introduction of the role of Design Thinking in HEI and VET Education, as an alternative to the traditional learning/teaching methodologies together with relevant examples, tools and approaches.
  • Creation of the D-Think toolkit and a mobile-learning course for trainers based on the research results.
  • Validation of the m-learning course and of the toolkit through pilot trainings organized by the partners around Europe.


Advancis Business Services
Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna w Lodzi
Fondazione ISTUD
Vaasa University of Applied Sciences
Venture hub

EFMD is involved in most of the activities including the organization of a pilot course, its monitoring and evaluation.

For more information on the project please, visit the project’s website at You can download the research report here