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Essentials of Design Thinking

Enhance impact with proven practices.

Blend creativity, rigor, and flexibility through a new assessment and development process (empathizing, framing, ideating, prototyping, and iterating) to help build new performance strategies and solve workplace problems.

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Credits: CEU 0.45 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English


Course Info

Design thinking encapsulates exactly the right mix of creativity, rigor, and flexibility appropriate for modern talent development strategies. This engaging course will introduce you to the core practices of design thinking—empathizing, framing, ideating, prototyping, and iterating—and show you how to apply design thinking to your work as a TD professional.

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Design thinking encapsulates exactly the right mix of creativity, rigor, and flexibility appropriate for modern talent development strategies. This engaging course will introduce you to the core practices of design thinking—empathizing, framing, ideating, prototyping, and iterating—and show you how to apply design thinking to your work as a TD professional.

Explore the more challenging aspects of design thinking, which include quickly sizing up audience needs, selecting the right framework for a solution, expanding the range of ideas for consideration, developing useful prototypes, and effectively gathering reactions to iterate in tight timeframes. Bring your current challenges and get real support for tackling them. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Apply the core design thinking practices of empathizing, framing, ideating, prototyping, and iterating in the context of your own design processes
  • Deepen your understanding of learners’ perspectives in order to respond to underlying needs
  • Consider a variety of frameworks for defining problems and conceptualizing solutions
  • Employ specific techniques for playing with ideas in order to generate more innovative, on-target solutions
  • Generate early-stage prototypes and efficiently iterate based on feedback
Essential Topics INSIGHT

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The Essentials Series

ATD’s Essentials Series Annual Pass offers a flexible and affordable way to increase your performance via interactive, online learning taught by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.

Topic 1 - Empathetic Assessment
· Describe design thinking practices
· Make a case for integrating design thinking into your standard processes
· Adapt tools for exploring client perspectives in new ways
· Use empathy to uncover important needs and novel options
· Transform your approach to assessment
Topic 2 - Playful Design
· Identify core goals and problems
· Apply ideating techniques to generate more ideas and novel recommendations
· Access resources for creative ideas
· Adapt activities and L&D frameworks to imagine creative solutions
· Describe creativity-boosting practices for playing with ideas
Topic 3 - Iterative Development
· Match prototyping strategies with need
· Describe models of design critique that go beyond providing “feedback”
· Integrate prototyping and iterating into existing processes
· Strategize how to introduce design thinking to clients and subject matter experts
Who Should Attend

This program is for talent development professionals who recognize the need to rethink approaches in order to be effective in modern contexts. Design thinking constitutes an advanced approach to design, consulting, organization design and other practices.

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: Foundational
Roles: Instructional Designer, Manager, Trainer
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Dustin Staiger

"My involvement in ATD has given me guidance in a dynamically changing market, while making me more valuable to my organization. Joining ATD has literally been a career-defining decision for me."

Jane Loda

"I can rely on ATD to present material that is very well constructed, timely, content-rich, and relevant to the challenges workplace learning professionals face every day."

Cindy Lam

"ATD is an organization dedicated to talent development - with their research and expertise, I trust that their programs can give me what I am looking for to implement within my organization."

Dates & Locations
  • Nov 06-20, 2019
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Things To Know


Face-to-Face Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program 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.

Online Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation 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 severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

For 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. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


4.5 Learning Hours

0.45 CEUs awarded

Up to 4.5 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 4.5 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.


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