Winter Classes for Stanford Students

This Winter the is offering 5 amazing class options for Stanford students. Have a look at the incredible range of them! We’re looking forward to an incredible quarter.

Design for Agile Aging
(MED 279Y; CS 379Y; HumBio 131)
TTh 3:15-5:05, 4 units per quarter
Limited enrollment via application at
Applications available on Nov. 5, 2007. Due by Nov. 25.

Maintaining mobility is critical to successful aging. Impaired mobility limits daily activities and independence. For individuals who are already mobility-impaired, or are at risk of becoming so, small improvements in mobility can dramatically improve quality of life. This two-quarter interdisciplinary course sequence is designed to explore innovative ways to integrate computer and device technologies with behavioral and social interventions to maintain and enhance mobility in seniors.  In project team, students draw upon perspectives from Computer Science, Design, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Medicine to develop interventions that will address the potential of people to maintain vitality and mobility as they age.  Students need not take both courses, although students must take the Winter course in order to enroll in Spring.
Teaching Team:
Anne Friedlander, Stanford Center on Longevity
Carol Winograd, Medicine and Human Biology
Terry Winograd, Computer Science
Paul Yock, Medicine and BioDesign

Transformative Design
(ENGR 231)
MW 5:30-7PM, 3-5 Units

Designed products have always had tremendous impact on individual, social and cultural behavior. This project-based course investigates how interactive technologies can be designed to expressly encourage behavioral transformation. Class sessions will be structured around interdisciplinary discussion of topics such as self-efficacy, social support, and mechanism of cultural change in domain such as weight-loss, energy conservation or safe driving; accompanying lab sessions will familiarize students with basic hardware and software tools for interaction prototyping. Students will work in teams to create functional prototypes for self-selected problem domains for the final project.
Teaching Team:
Bernard Roth, Mechanical Engineering Design Group,
Sarah S. Lochlann Jain, Cultural and Social Anthropology
Wendy Ju,
Bill Moggridge, IDEO

K-12 Learning Lab Independent Projects
Times and Units Flexible
The K-12 Learning Lab has major projects with the Nueva School, East Palo Alto Academy Charter School and the Henry Ford Learning Institute. We’re building spaces, courses, and partnerships to bring design thinking to young people. We are looking for students who want to bite off parts of the projects and work on them independently. The overall team will meet together every other week to share learnings and prototypes.
Lab Director:
Susie Wise,

Entrepreneurial Design For Extreme Affordability
(OIT 333/334;  ME 206A/206B)
MW 10-11:45AM, Th Lab 7-9PM
4 Units, registration in both Winter and Spring quarters required
Limited enrollment via application available at
Applications available on Nov. 5, 2007. Due no later than Nov. 16.

Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability is a two-quarter project course in which graduate students design comprehensive solutions to challenges faced by the world’s poor. Students learn design thinking and its specific application to problems in the developing world.  Students work in multidisciplinary teams at the intersection of business, technology, and human values.  All projects are done in close partnership with a variety of international organizations.  These organizations host student fieldwork, facilitate the design development, and implement ideas after the class ends.

The first quarter of the course (Winter 2008) immerses students in the fundamentals of design thinking.  Students learn the design process experientially as they are coached through a number of fast-paced design projects, culminating in a real-world project with local partners.  In parallel, the course gives students a background on business, technology, and development, and an introduction to our international collaboration partners.  By the end of the quarter, students will form teams and begin their capstone spring quarter project.  The second quarter (Spring 2008) is devoted to developing comprehensive solutions to these design challenges.   Teams will develop empathy with all stakeholders so that they can develop a solution that fits into the culture, aspirations, and constraints of their target users.  Teams will iterate on their designs and business models through a rapid sequence of prototyping and testing.  Students also will interact with entrepreneurs who have launched ventures in the developing world, including several alumni from the class.  The final deliverable is a product or service framed in a comprehensive implementation plan including the business model, the technical innovations, the cultural rationale, and the appropriate next steps.  The course culminates in a professional presentation to the international partners and a panel of industry experts.

Teaching Team:
Jim Patell, Graduate School of Business
Dave Beach, Mechanical Engineering
David Klaus,

Innovation in Complex Organizations
(MS&E 282 A, B)
Th 3-6PM,  3 Units, Enrollment limited to 12, Letter grade only

The purpose of this course is to offer students a chance to pause, discuss, and integrate design thinking and innovation in business in a small seminar, case-study format.  This centerpiece of this small seminar will be three or four “live” case studies where, executives from large, complex organizations come to class and describe their efforts to move creative new ideas from inception to implementation.  Past cases have included Google AdSense, P&G, NASCAR, Method Home, and General Motors.  They will describe how their organizations screen and move along promising ideas and how their organizational practices facilitate and impede that journey.  Student teams will analyze each case and provide recommendations to the executives, who along with the teaching team, will judge the work.  The final project will be a general analysis and set of recommendations about this vexing organizational problem. This course is co-sponsored by the and STVP (Stanford Technology Ventures Program).
Teaching Team:
Robert Sutton, Management Science & Engineering
Michael Dearing,

Business Practice Innovation (BPI)
(MS&E 287)
WF 3:30-5PM
3-4 Units, Letter Grade, Enrollment Limited to 12, No Auditors

Treating Business Practices as Prototypes. In this small, team-based, multidisciplinary class, students will work in dyads or larger teams.  They will apply the design process to specific practices (like talent management, organizational design, and communication with external stakeholders) in organizations that may include a software firm, a professional services firm, and an airline, and treating the targeted practices as prototypes.  The course will provide hands-on experience in collaboration and design, in the context of tackling real problems in real businesses.
Teaching Team:
Debra Dunn,
Kris Woyzbun, IDEO
Robert Sutton, Management Science & Engineering

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    appliedthinking November 7, 2007 at 6:38 am |

    Winter Classes Announced news: Winter Classes for Stanford Students
    Design for Agile Aging
    Transformative Design
    K-12 Learning Lab Independent Projects
    Entrepreneurial Design For Extreme Affordability
    Innovation in Complex Organizations 
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