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Design Provocations & Transdisciplinary Prototyping



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Are you intrigued by novel design ideas and methods for creating new learning opportunities in your practice or organisation? This microcredential draws upon a range of design provocations from different design practices, challenging you to take a fresh perspective on designing initiatives and bringing others along with creative prototypes.

About this microcredential

This microcredential engages you in a range of design provocations from different fields and stakeholders to explore design methods, futures thinking approaches and prototyping techniques. You will critically examine and trial these design ideas while creating a series of learning provotypes.

You will then develop prototypes of a learning experience, workshop or program. Using a practice-based prototype and after putting forward an initiative proposal, you will explore how a small-scale, safe-to-fail experiment could both be tested in your professional practice and insights gained as a result. In that process, you will generate parameters and principles shaping the design of your initiative.

Using your initiative proposal, you question how to gauge a design’s success and shape future design iterations. You will also explore how these insights about designing for learning enable further collaboration within your team or organisation and generate new inquiry questions.

Key benefits of this microcredential

With its focus on learning-integrated work, this practice-based microcredential supports participants to trial design ideas, methods, techniques and strategies within their own professional setting or other situation.

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Immerse you in the latest thinking and approaches in designing and learning
  • Expand your professional design toolkit and enhance your practices
  • Provide in-depth knowledge about designing innovative learning experiences that foster meaningful and significant outcomes
  • Develop highly sought-after knowledge and skills applicable across a wide range of educational, professional learning and development contexts
  • Develop design skills needed to lead the development of new learning initiatives
  • Surprise and inspire.

This microcredential aligns with the 3-credit point subject, Design Provocations and Transdisciplinary Prototyping (94752) in the Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning and Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation.

The learning outcomes of this microcredential align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers career stages 1.5.2, 2.6.2, 2.6.3, 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 for Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teachers. For more details, please read the Professional recognition section under Additional course information.

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions. 

Who should do this microcredential?

Participants who would benefit from this microcredential come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Primary and secondary teachers
  • Learning designers
  • Academics
  • Masters or PhD Students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Professional development leaders and organisational learning professionals
  • Professionals keen to expand the breadth of their own personal learning journeys.


Full price: $1,600 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

Over five weeks, participants will engage in activities and experiences that interface with their professional settings or future-oriented aspirations. As well as interacting in design activities and sharing across professions during the weekly online Zoom sessions, you will be encouraged to explore and trial design practices, perspectives, approaches and techniques imaginatively with work colleagues or people in your life.

Areas of exploration in this course include:

  • Design methods and service design methodology
  • Creative design toolkits and inquiry approaches
  • Bricolage approaches to designing
  • Provotyping and prototyping methods
  • Recognising individual and collective learning in operation.

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the course content, delivery or requirements.

Course Delivery:

This course is designed to provide you with self-paced, creative, online experiences that engage you with key ideas and practices associated with designing and prototyping, using transdisciplinary provocations to spark imaginative possibilities.

Participants will explore design methods, approaches, perspectives and knowledge from different fields and trial them in their professional practice or in other situations. The relevance and worth of these ideas will be tested, and participants will be tasked with generating a design proposal to enact in their professional setting. The weekly Zoom sessions provide you with rich opportunities to also learn from other people from different professional backgrounds.

The learning and assessments are personalised to be directly related to participant’s practical on-the-job and day-to-day experiences. As part of the assessment process, participants are mentored individually, enabling them to expand their ideas in forward-looking and powerful ways. This microcredential will challenge you to be a design thinker for change.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, participants should be able to:

  • Describe, compare and contrast a range of collaborative learning situations from different philosophical and theoretical perspectives
  • Distil a range of parameters and principles to take into account when designing transdisciplinary learning experiences or initiatives
  • Design and provotype / prototype a small-scale transdisciplinary learning experience that enables collective experimentation and generativity.


Participants will be assessed individually across the following two tasks during the course:

Task 1: Design provocations and insights (weight: 30%)

  • Engage with a series of design provocations from various disciplines to creatively explore new ideas about designing for learning
  • Develop a design provocation to use in professional practice or with colleagues on a project

Task 2: Transdisciplinary designing, provotyping and prototyping: An initiative proposal (weight: 70%)

  • Design a provotype and prototype for a new or existing initiative
  • Write a design proposal for engaging a team (e.g. workshop, interactive presentation, collaborative session) in a new or existing initiative

To successfully complete this course, participants must complete all assessments and achieve an overall Pass grade.

Professional recognition

The learning outcomes of this microcredential align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers career stages 1.5.2, 2.6.2, 2.6.3, 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 for Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teachers.

As a participating teacher in this microcredential, you will engage in research-based TD learning experiences and assessments that are designed to:

  • Enhance teaching practice to generate positive change for learning progress and achievement
  • Be job-embedded
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration, application, and feedback on practice.

These TD learning experiences, and associated assessments, enable you to collect documentary evidence that your practice meets the above-listed Standard Descriptors and the criteria required to count as Elective PD.

Refer to the NESA website for the latest information about professional development requirements.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • UTS alumni/students 10% discount with voucher code: TDIalumni 
  • UTS staff 10% discount 

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

In-house training or group enrolments 

If you are interested in in-house training opportunities or enrolling five or more people within your organisation, please email


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.