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Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate

Produce extraordinary visual learning materials that get results.

Using an ordinary tool to create extraordinary presentations. Learn to discover, build, and deliver powerful PowerPoint presentations, slides, and graphics that drive learning and results.

Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design More


Course Info

Strong visuals increase training impact. Learn to use the full capability of PowerPoint design to create instructional materials that increase understanding, recollection, and adoption. Discover tips, tricks, and secrets to make any visual for presentation stand out. Eliminate errors, save time and money, improve success rates, and deliver learning with confidence.

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Strong visuals increase training impact. Learn to use the full capability of PowerPoint design to create instructional materials that increase understanding, recollection, and adoption. Discover tips, tricks, and secrets to make any visual for presentation stand out. Eliminate errors, save time and money, improve success rates, and deliver learning with confidence.

In this interactive course you’ll learn immediately applicable visual presentation skills to engage your audience, keep them focused, create outcome-based content, and build professional graphics and infographics using built-in PowerPoint tools already at your fingertips.


  • Master the four critical success factors to planning successful visual support.
  • Build and deliver learning content in PowerPoint to improve understanding, recollection, and adoption.
  • Get hands-on experience making dynamic PowerPoint presentations, slides, and infographics to support your learning events.

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What You Will Learn
  • Make professional PowerPoint presentations, graphics, and handouts.
  • Improve understanding, recollection, and adoption using PowerPoint.
  • Save time and money using PowerPoint tips, tricks, and secrets.
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of your content.
  • Uncover and avoid common PowerPoint traps.
  • Know how to get PowerPoint tools that speed development.
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Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate—Mike Parkinson

Our facilitator, Mike Parkinson, discusses the Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate.

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Topic 1 - Introduction
Getting Started
Effective PowerPoint
Some Basics
How We Learn
Changing Lanes
We Are Not Robots
Unconscious Mind
Elephant and the Rider
Topic 2 - Discover
Phase 1—Discover
Financial Planner
Problem, Mission, Learner, Subject Matter (PMLS)
Managing Outside Influences
What Problems?
Solution Matrix: Problems and Barriers
Problem Checklist
Your Mission
Solution Matrix: Mission Goals
Measure for Success
Requirements Question
Mission Resources
Mission Checklist
Understanding Your Learners
Six Strategies Exercise
Make an LEM
Learner Checklist
How to Get Subject Matter Expertise
Subject Matter Checklist
Topic 3 - Design
Phase 2—Design
“The After” Exercise
Learner Motivation
Learner Motivation—Fear
Create a Learner Motivation Map (LMM)
Takeaway Exercise
Benefit-driven Takeaway
Takeaway Checklist
Storyboard Rules and Process
Storyboard—Outline Exercise
Cognitive Dissonance
Storyboard Sketch Exercise
Storyboard Build Exercise
Storyboard Test Exercise
Storyboard Checklist
Slide Master
Shapes Menu
Shapes Effects
3-D Rotation and Format
Edit Shape
Align and Distribute
Merge Shapes
Making a Gear Graphic
Making a Funnel Graphic
Hyperlink—File or Web Page
Inserting and Editing Photographs
Design Principles
Pattern Interrupt
Render Checklist
Topic 4 - Deliver
Phase 3—Deliver
Delivery Best Practices
7 Ways to Engage Your Participants
Presenting Best Practice Checklist
Presenting Face-to-face Checklist
Presenting Virtually Checklist
Presenting Hybrid Checklist
Final Exercise
Who Should Attend

Learning professionals who want to create and deliver programs with impact. Trainers, instructional designers, and other talent development professionals who want to make sure that content they design or facilitate is focused on what matters—creating learning visuals that fully engage participants throughout the process.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Capable
Roles: Instructional Designer, Trainer/Facilitator, Learning Technologist
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate Participant

"The facilitator really knows his subject and was very engaging - the class was fun and I really learned a lot of theory and practical knowledge about the subject. We also got a ton of excellent resources to take away and use in our own projects!"

Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate Participant

"Mike can take you anywhere you want to go! The program was a home run. He showed us what we did not know, where we need to go, and what it will take to get there."

Designing Visuals for Learning Certificate Participant

"Mike was extremely knowledgeable in all facets of PowerPoint. He is a walking library. I will be way ahead of the curve if I remember 44% of what he covered!"

Dates & Locations
Face-to-Face and Live Online
  • Nov 04-05, 2021
    Dallas, TX
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Mike Parkinson
Shannon Tipton
Tim Slade

Things To Know


For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

For multi-week, live online programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. To be marked complete for that one session, please email [email protected]. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


14.0 Learning Hours

1.4 awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


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  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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