Course Description

This course involves 6 learner hours inclusive of 2 live sessions over 2 weeks. Live sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.

"Innovation” is a buzzword so prevalent in contemporary dialogue that many may find its use insubstantial. However behind its use is the recognition that our world is changing rapidly around us — how we communicate, how we teach, how people are influenced to make decisions, and the kinds of jobs universities are preparing students for. As a university we cannot simply do things as we have done before, if we wish to remain relevant and serve our students and society well. This module will introduce the processes of human-centered design and value proposition design for the academic context. These are processes for developing and testing novel solutions to problems that have been used successfully in organizations from high-growth startups to NGOs in developing countries, and employ familiar methods such as hypothesis testing and qualitative research. Participants will both learn the core principles and mindsets, and work through these in the context of their Action Leadership Projects.

What You Will Learn

  • Articulate the principles of human-centered design and work through the associated processes
  • Articulate the principles of value proposition design and work through the associated processes
  • Identify critical hypotheses and metrics, and use these to validate problem statements and solutions
  • Use the human-centred design and value proposition design frameworks to help frame your Action Leadership Project and design a series of experiments to identify an optimal solution


For more Academic Leadership courses and information on the Certificate in Academic Leadership program, visit dal.ca/ExecEd. To enrol in the full certificate, please add all ten (10) required courses to your shopping cart.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

  • Academic Leadership Certificate: Required Courses

Payment Options – Individual Course Registrations:

  1. Payment in full of $425.00 (which includes deposit/materials fee)
  2. Payment is due at time of registration, unless 3rd Party funded
  3. All course materials are included in your tuition and are housed on the Brightspace Learning Management System. You will receive a follow-up email with details on accessing the Brightspace platform.

Participants in this course are eligible for a T2202 tax receipt. In order to receive a tax receipt, you must put your Social Insurance Number into the profile section of your student account. If you do not add your Social Insurance Number, you will not receive a tax receipt. T2202 tax receipts will be available for you to download from your account at the end of February of the following calendar year.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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