At its core, says Shannon, the Designing Learning Certificate is a project-based program. She explains that participants come in with a program that you want to work on. Maybe something they need to develop for their organizations. Maybe it’s an existing program that needs critical revisions.
At the end of the day, by using a human performance improvement approach to instructional design, participants leave with a completed design document. To develop that document, people learn best practices for conducting a needs assessment, job/task analysis, and course design and development—all using templates exclusive to ATD.
“It’s not a program where we’re talking about theory through rose-colored glasses,” says Shannon, “It’s let’s get some actual work done. Let’s do a real project.”
To learn more about what to expect from the Instructional Design Certificate program, listen to the complete podcast of my Q&A with Shannon Tipton.