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DSN 300 W — Stanford dGlobal: Building Innovative Teams

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Apr 1—May 10
Drop Deadline: Apr 4
Unit: 1
Tuition: $400
Instructor(s): Michael Shanks, Tamara Carleton, Larry Leifer, William Cockayne, Reinhold Steinbeck
Apr 1—May 10
6 weeks
Drop By
Apr 4
1 Unit
Michael Shanks, Tamara Carleton, Larry Leifer, William Cockayne, Reinhold Steinbeck
How do the best teams work? What practices support a highly innovative team? This cutting-edge hybrid course series is designed around how people truly learn – through a blend of observation, practice, and reflection. In a flipped model of learning, Part I occurs at a Stanford dGlobal partner event or design workshop, which provides the initial exposure to and observation of group collaboration and design teamwork. Part II is a guided e-portfolio, which encourages students to remember and reflect on their experience. Part III is a 6-week online course, which reinforces key concepts based on the team models and best practices from the award-winning ME310 course, taught since 1967 at Stanford University. Instructor consent required.

This online course is the final part in a three-step program offered through Stanford dGlobal. Students must complete Parts 1 and 2 before enrolling. Please contact Tamara Carleton at info-dglobal@stanford.edu for more information on the Stanford dGlobal program and the prerequisites for this course.

Michael Shanks, Professor of Classics; Professor of Archaeology, Stanford

Michael Shanks is an archaeologist and specialist in long-term humanistic views of design and innovation. He is a senior faculty member in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric; Science, Technology and Society; Urban Studies; and the Center for Design Research at Stanford. He has directed the Stanford Humanities Lab and the Revs Program, connecting automotive heritage with contemporary car design. While he pursues fieldwork into the Roman borders of the Netherlands, he also serves on the Mayor of Rotterdam’s Advisory Board and works with many companies, including Airbus, Severstal, Thales Group, Michelin, Daimler AG, and SAP, on developing cultures of innovation.

Tamara Carleton, CEO and Founder, Innovation Leadership Group

Tamara Carleton helps organizations and teams worldwide with long-range planning, disruptive innovation, and innovative learning models. She oversees Stanford’s Silicon Valley Innovation Academy summer program, collaborates with Stanford’s Foresight and Innovation lab, and works with Stanford’s mediaX program. She is also a visiting professor at Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan. She received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.

Larry Leifer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford

Larry Leifer is the founding director of the Center for Design Research at Stanford. A member of the Stanford faculty since 1976, he has taught the Stanford design innovation course ME 310 for over twenty years. He received a PhD in biomedical engineering from Stanford.

William Cockayne, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Design Group), Stanford

William Cockayne has led teams in incubation, research, product development, and manufacturing as an executive and an entrepreneur. He has shipped over twenty successful products at companies large (Eastman Kodak, Daimler, Apple) and small (Scout Electromedia, Handstand, Nota Reader). At Stanford, he teaches the award-winning ME 410: “Foresight and Technological Innovation,” a mainstay of innovation teaching and research on campus. He received a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford.

Reinhold Steinbeck, Managing Director, IntoActions

Reinhold Steinbeck worked with Apple’s Advanced Technology Group under Don Norman, one of the developers of user-centered design. At Stanford, Steinbeck was associate director of learner experience (LX) design with the Stanford Learning Lab and the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), and founding director of the Stanford University International Outreach Program. He has taught and conducted research at universities in Chile, Colombia, and Switzerland, and was a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) where he established d-USPLeste, the first university-based design-thinking lab in Brazil.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.