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Introduction to Instructional Design

Learn the basics of designing quality, outcome-driven, and engaging learning.

This application-based course provides an introduction to the entire instructional design process. Participants receive a toolkit of ATD-exclusive instructional design checklists and templates.

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Credits: CEU 0.7 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Instructional Designer
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design


Course Info

Get up to speed fast on instructional design basics and what you need to know to develop high-quality learning programs. What you learn in this introduction to instructional design can immediately improve your current programs with an array of practical instructional design approaches, tools, and plans.

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Get up to speed fast on instructional design basics and what you need to know to develop high-quality learning programs. What you learn in this introduction to instructional design can immediately improve your current programs with an array of practical instructional design approaches, tools, and plans.

Explore not only how to create a learning experience, but also how to ensure it aligns to the needs of your learners, stakeholders, and organization. In this intro to instructional design you will receive an exclusive ATD toolkit with checklists and templates to help you get started with a project right away.


  • Learn an easy-to-apply, effective model for instructional design.
  • Improve your current projects with new approaches, tools, and plans.
  • See how an instructional project comes together from start to finish. Observe the design process, use the course materials, and see the activities in action.

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What You Will Learn
  • Recognize the phases of the ADDIE Model (analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation).
  • Identify the steps and methods to conduct a basic needs analysis for training.
  • Discuss evaluation strategies to assess the impact of training.
  • Write learning objectives to reflect specific job requirements.
  • Select appropriate learning methods based on the identified learning objectives.
  • Recognize the required elements for a training outline.
  • Develop basic course materials that demonstrate the effective use of text and graphics.
  • Develop tasks and knowledge content.
  • Explain the requirements to ensure a quality learning program.

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Introduction to Instructional Design Certificate—Carrie Addington

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Topic 1 - Setting the Stage for Design
Training Needs Assessment Overview
Data Collection Techniques
Level 1: Participant-Reaction Evaluation
Level 2: Learning Evaluation
Level 3: Job-Transfer Evaluation
Level 4: Organizational-Impact Evaluation
Topic 2 - Course Design
Writing Learning Objectives
How Adults Learn
Instructional Methods and Learning Processes
Selecting Instructional Methods
Choosing Delivery Media
Blended Training Alternatives
The “ROPES” Model for Learning Events
Course and Lesson Outlines
Topic 3 - Course Development
Participant Guides
Facilitator Guides
Slides and Wall Charts
Production Issues for Guides
Guidelines for Visuals
Practice Exercises for Tasks
Feedback for Task Practice
Knowledge Topics vs. Tasks
Components for Presenting Knowledge Topics
Creating Practice Exercises for Knowledge Topics
Implementation Planning
Pilot Testing and Revisions
Facilitator Support
Topic 4 - Appendix
Ensuring Quality throughout the Training Design Process
Glossary of Terms
Tools and Templates
Who Should Attend

This course is designed for professionals who want to gain a quick foundation in instructional design for workplace training, adult learning, continuing education, or professional development. Those who are designing for the traditional classroom, the virtual classroom, or e-learning will benefit from the foundational concepts covered in the program.

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
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Niculae Lepadatu

"If you are thinking of improving this area or developing your career towards instructional design than this is definitely the first class to take."

Maria Rigney-McKelson

"I believe ATD to be a recognized authority in the field of learning."

Shanna Seyer

"I was told ATD courses are the best in the industry, and I am inclined to agree."

Dates & Locations
  • Dec 09-11, 2020
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Kimberly Devlin
Shannon Tipton
Nikki O'Keeffe
Carrie Addington

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.


7.0 learning hours

0.7 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 7.0 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 7.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 7.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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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