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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
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design


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
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"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."

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"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."

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"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
  • Apr 23-May 07, 2020
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  • Aug 11-25, 2020
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  • Oct 13-27, 2020
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Things To Know


Essentials Workshops
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and any applicable credits. Please note that viewing a recording will not fulfill the attendance requirement. Participants who fulfill all program requirements will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program.

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.

All sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program for your review.


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.


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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