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Chapter 4: Innovative Teaching Practices and Techniques This chapter discusses practices that can be used when taking your teaching philosophies into practice. Design Thinking has become a popular approach for businesses and universities alike. Design thinking is both a way of thinking and working, and sometimes simply a collection of tools for service design and product development. Design thinking can be described as an iterative process to understand the customer and innovate solutions. There are several ways through which design thinking can be implemented. Within a university setting, design sprints, jams and hackathons work particularly well. Design Sprints The ‘Design Sprint’ was developed by Google Ventures and describes a cost-effective method to test ideas and products in just a few days. Sprints can last anything from three to five days and involve a team of 7 participants to hundreds of participants. They are used a lot by companies and NGOs as well as universities. Often, they are used by companies for product development since they save time, effort and money. A sprint is also a great way to collaborate with the industry. In short, a company or organisation commissions a project, e.g., marketing plan, website or concept design, and a team of students start to work on the challenge. 4.1. Design thinking methods for innovation 37