Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 32

Volume 32 Issue 2, Pages 92-105

Spring 2021


Teaching Tip
Design Thinking and Mobile App Development: A Teaching Protocol


Nasser Shahrasbi
Leigh Jin
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132, USA

Wei-Jun Zheng
University of Wisconsin at Parkside
Kenosha, WI 53144, USA

Abstract: The growth in the tech industry in recent years has increased business major students’ interest in software programming and app development. However, the traditional way of teaching these courses involves intensive coding exercises and little interaction among students. These methods often discourage the students due to the slow learning curve and limit instructors’ options to engage the students in class. To address these problems, we designed a teaching protocol for integrating Design Thinking into a Mobile App Development course. Our protocol offers a step-by-step implementation guide and instances from a real-life examination at a California State University. The proposed guideline can be extended and applied to other courses and curriculum in the business information systems domain.

Keywords: Design thinking, Mobile application development, Curriculum design & development, Project-based learning, Experiential learning & education, Teaching tip

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Recommended Citation: Shahrasbi, N., Jin, L., & Zheng, W. (2021). Teaching Tip: Design Thinking and Mobile App Development: A Teaching Protocol. Journal of Information Systems Education, 32(2), 92-105.