SO far I've enjoyed it and it's the course why I started the specialization for, and instead of taking it separate from the others, it's way better to have the full track to get the 360 view
Enjoyed the journey through the course. The projects are integral to gain confidence on applying design thinking. However, they are time intensive and require commitment.
by Seth M•
You absolutely have to change this course. It's out of control.
It's unreasonable to expect people who aren't from the design, marketing, or graphics worlds to do this much sketching, prototyping, interviewing of people, and field trips for this class. It's 20x the work I've done for any other Coursera course and I physically can't finish it. It's actually impossible for me to do this much work, particularly on skills I will never use, because I'm not a designer. I'm a leader and a manager.
You need to fix this. I'm all for experiential learning but this is absolute nonsense.
by Ronja L•
I understand the importance of design innovation in leadership.
However, I definitely do not agree on the extent to which this course delved into the creation of prototypes, making of storyboards and physical observations in supermarkets.. this is a very specific specialisation within design and not so much to leadership and to ask such commitment from the students is not appropriate in my opinion. Having reached this point in the overall leadership course I feel like the design innovation aspect has drawn more focus than any other aspect of the course that I consider much more integral to leadership. No balance..
by Sarah J L•
This is supposed to be a leadership specialization-this course is wildly out of place and very disappointing. I will be dropping the specialization due to this course.
by Michael R•
The least helpful of the specialty. Arduous assignments with a lot of errors and not well planned. Specialty has been great up until this one.
by Peder A•
I have been disappointed with this course and my learning outcomes do not justify the huge amount of time invested. More importantly, the course has little to do with organisational leadership in its classical form.
The course focuses on stimulating creativity and innovation. Subsequently your assignments will include drawing, sketching, making storyboards, building prototypes out of Lego, cardboard or other material, interviewing people etc. It is very hands-on and extremely time-consuming in particular as the graded assignment focuses fully on quantity, no quality measure is used at any point in time.
by Vikash P•
This is a highly inadequate course on Design Thinking. And it made worse by excessively demanding assignments that are totally at odds with the quantity and depth of the course content.
by Brian A•
Assigned coursework is overly burdensome and does not yield a sufficient amount of additional understanding over that which is gained watching the videos.
by Jennifer M•
Content and information = 4.5
Amount of time needed to do assignments when you have a full-time work and travel extensively = 2.5
I found it really difficult to complete the course assignments because of my workload and travel schedule. Needing to go to a grocery store during a particular week to make observations; sit with a colleague in the office in a week that I'm supposed to be working from home - it was difficult to complete these assignments. Also the intensity of the assignment felt larger than the learning/value gained from doing it. This is the 5th out of 6 classes as part of the 6 course specialization on Org Leadership. This is the only class where I've struggled with the time commitment for the assignments and didn't feel like the time put in was equal to the value I got in return. I've also taken one other coursera class and didn't have this issue.
by Ann M•
I took all the prior courses in this specialization and they were excellent, relevant, and directly applicable to my career and my development. They offered challenging insights but were reasonably simple to complete. This course is something else entirely. First off, it is not a leadership in any way. This is an engineering design class. While it could have been valuable to be introduced to the idea of prototyping, the requirements for application of these concepts are not reasonable at all. It was clear by reviewing peer assignments for week 2 that this is far beyond what can be taught in a MOOC without extensive instructor support. People clearly did not understand what to do. This problem of overly difficult projects got worse in week 3, which was literally an impossible project to complete. I cannot believe very many people get through this. Unfortunately I cancelled my subscription and dropped the course as a result, and I will not be pursuing the capstone to complete this speciali
by Phillip S•
This class is not very well connected to the topic of leadership. It is more of an engineering course.
by Mohamed A T K•
Warning: this is a VERY demanding course, the required weekly time assignment is underestimated.
by Praktikant H•
Pretty Shallow Course: once you have understood the basic principles of Design Innovation in week 1 (Observe and Ask your Users, collect Feedback, Rapid Prototyping, have a learning mindset), the following lectures just repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat how you can use those principles in different settings.
Workload is not proportional to the course and new concepts
by Douglas B•
I really hated it to be honest. First, the spaces provided for writing are tiny and when you have to review someone else's work, you have to scroll up and down, up and down, again and again and again. Also, the formatting is all skewed and there are huge spaces and broken sentences. The amount of work they ask for, for example, 750 to 1000 words of notes about reorganizing break time or organizing a meeting. It's ridiculous. This isn't an MBA and the certificate has no real value so why create so much work. I am a Coursera premium subscriber and I don't think I will continue here as I am sure the Capstone will be torture. Pick something else.
by Sawyer K•
This course does a tremendous job providing the fundamentals of Design-Thinking into the bigger picture of leading yourself well with an even-keeled skill set. This will bridge your mind with standard quantitative decision making and qualitative intuition. It brings the creative back to scientific experimentation. If you are considering learning about this course, would definitely recommend due to structure, reading lists, case studies, and additional materials provided.
by Malgorzata G•
GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! I love it. Very good teachers, A LOT of practical work, but it was good, because it allows me to understand and learn the design thinking process better. Very good connection between leadership and design innovation!
by abhinav a•
Great course which will tab different ways of solving an issue by design thinking principles. Well structured and paused at right phases.
by Laila k k•
Found all leadership courses from Northwestern brilliant in material, innovative, and with great common sense applied to concepts..
by Nima A•
Thanks for this excellent course. I learned and optimized my skills very well through the lessons and assignements! Recommended!
by Florian M•
A lot of work, but definitely great!
by Felipe B•
Good course, but does not make sense as part of Leadership Specialization. The amount of work required in the assignments is not proportional to the relevance of the subject in this specialization.
The name shouldn't be Leadership Through Design Innovation, but Design process, or Observation and Design.
The content is interesting and well built, but not suitable for the Leadership Specialization.
by Kathryn L•
I thought this course was interesting. I enjoyed the professors and the case study with the teddy bear. Exercises were fun, though may have been better done with a group and in person (brainstorming and iterating solo is tough). I enjoyed attending, but am not sure it relates well to an Organizational Leadership Specialization.
by Max R•
good interesting and practical course, but assignments are way too burdensome and lengthy to complete if you are a busy professional.
by Paul R•
Good discussion poor assignments
by Inés K•
I found the videos on innovation a but 'hollow',, not much new stuff there. This unit of the specailization does not come up to the standard of the other courses in this specialization, which were really great. The course also left me frustrated due to the task in the second week. Generating a minimum of 15 ideas (if you are alone) is maybe a little exaggerated. I came up with 6 ideas, but I suppose that is not good enough. No good submitting my ideas, as I do not have the requisite number. I'm thinking of quitting the course. Talk of motivating people! I also found the task limited in its topic, it did not give you freedom of developing your own ideas. Why not give some possible areas of innovation, but leave it to the students to come up with other things?