The (MOOC) aimS at making young people aware of the Sustainable Development Goals of UN, exposing students concept of social innovation, entrepreneurship and Design Thinking mindset, and encouraging them to develop their own solution for one of the specific SDG goals.

The course includes 8 modules with following content.

Module 1SDGs through Design Thinking – An Introduction
Module 2Sustainable development goals PART I
Module 3Sustainable development goals PART II
Module 4Design Thinking, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Module 5Getting started with Design thinking – Step 1 FEEL
Module 6How to develop your solution – Step 2 IMAGINE
Module 7How to Prototype – Step 3 DO
Module 8How to share and promote your solution? Step 4 SHARE

For each Module, there is an assignment to be uploaded. Assignments are expected to be reviewed by other participants of the course along with tha course instructor.

The course begins with introductory Module, which aims at exposing students outline of the MOOC, its intentions and rationales of taking this course. It gives an overview about sustainable development goals and role of design mindset to come up with socially innovative solutions. It also highlights that GDP growth does not always reflect social and human progress. The assignment of this module is to name and elaborate two sub-indicators where your country is not performing well compared to pace of GDP growth by reviewing Social Progress Index.

In the coming modules, each sustainable development goals are elaborated with some best praxis solutions from the field.

A particular emphasize is made by exposing students to the ‘maker’ mindset in Module 4. It has been made clear that achieving sustainable development goals require not only top-down actions from the government but also bottom-up engagement and innovative local actions taken by citizens and community groups. 

The concept of Moving from ‘Taker’ to ‘Maker’ Society” was introduced to students with number of examples. The assignment of this module aims at encouraging students to screen their environment to find out solutions developed by members of the societies in the form of a product or service.

The rest of the modules focus on each steps of the design thinking as follow:

Step 1: FEEL
Step 3: DO
Step 4: SHARE

In each module, design thinking mindset is explained and related tools are introduced. Completing each step requires students to submit relevant assignment. The main logic of design thinking session is encouraging students to define a SDG and work on this specific challenge til the end of the course.