REDlab is in its 10th year “conducting research to inform our understanding of design thinking in K-12, undergraduate and graduate educational settings.”

Knowing “design thinking” can be watered down through overuse and misinterpretation, REDlab takes care to keep their definition of the term front and center in their work. At REDlab, they define design thinking as “an orientation to learning that encompasses active problem solving and marshalling one’s ability to create impactful change. It builds on the development of creative confidence that is both resilient and highly optimistic.”

And, through their partnership with the Stanford School of Education and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, they have conducted in-classroom research on topics such as “The Power of Embracing a Prototyping Mindset,” “Design Thinking Assessment Metrics,” and “Becoming a Design Thinker.” Explore their work and discover how design thinking might be integrated within your learner-centered environment.

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