The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 6th, 2015
To break a two-decade deadlock on revising its core curriculum,
Boston College sought help from an unlikely source for academic
inspiration: the minds that brought the world the Swiffer.
The popular mop/broom was created by a Boston-based company called
Continuum, a specialist in design thinking, a method that applies
interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems. Design thinking often
seeks not just to devise new gadgets or products but also to reshape the
processes that people use in their work.
In recent years, design thinking has become hot in higher education. It is the subject of courses at Stanford and Wake Forest Universities and the University of Kentucky, among other places, and is used to streamline university operations and improve marketing materials and websites.