The Power of Integrating Design Thinking into Instructional Design

Design thinking is a user-centered approach that emphasizes empathy, ideation, prototyping, and testing. It is an effective way to develop innovative and engaging eLearning solutions that meet the needs of learners. By integrating design thinking into Instructional Design for eLearning solutions, designers can gain a deeper understanding of their learners' needs, preferences, and challenges. This approach also encourages designers to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions that can improve the learning experience. Ultimately, integrating design thinking into Instructional Design can lead to more effective and engaging eLearning solutions that help learners achieve their goals.

This course would be ideal for those who want to design eLearning solutions that are engaging, effective, and user-centered. It would also be beneficial for those who want to learn how to apply design thinking principles to the instructional design process to create innovative and creative solutions. The course could be suitable for beginners as well as experienced professionals who want to keep up with the latest trends in eLearning and instructional design.

2 days/16 hours of instruction
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GSA Price: $726.35

Group Rate: $895

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Part 1: Introduction

  • Overview of Design Thinking
  • What is design thinking?
  • Five stages of the design thinking process

Part 2: Overview of Instructional Design

  • What is Instructional design?
  • ADDIE model

Part 3: Connection between Design Thinking and Instructional Design

  • Similarities/ differences between Design thinking and instructional design 
  • Waterfall vs. Agile

Part 4: Overview of Design Thinking Concepts

  • User-Centered Design
  • Rapid Iterative Design
  • Design Sprints

Exercise: Who has the problem? Defining the user or customer

Part 5: Process of Applying Design Thinking to Instructional Design

  • Identifying User Needs 
  • Reframing Problems
  • Generating Solutions
  • Iterating and Refining Solutions

Case Study


Part 6: Methods and Tools of Design Thinking

  • Interviews
  • Brainstorming
  • Role Playing
  • Personas

Group Exercise: creating empathy maps and user persona

Part 7: Challenges of Design Thinking

  • Collaboration
  • Resources
  • Cost
  • Time


Part 8: Conclusion

  • Benefits of Applying Design Thinking
  • Benefits of Instructional Design
  • Impact on Learning
  • Future Trends

  • L&D professionals
  • Instructional designers
  • UX/UI designers
  • Visual Designers
  • Product Designers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Educators

  • Learners will move their focus on design from content creation to learner experience. 
  • Learners will shift from linear design to agile design/user-centered design.
  • Learners will create more authentic and empathetic learning experiences for students to improve student engagement.
  • Learners will understand the principles of design thinking and how they can be applied to instructional design.
  • Learners will acquire practical skills in using design thinking tools and methods.
  • Learners will apply design thinking principles to real-world instructional design challenges and create eLearning solutions that meet the needs of learners.

The Power of Integrating Design Thinking into Instructional Design Schedule

There are currently no scheduled classes for this course. Please contact us if you would like more information or to schedule this course for you or your company.

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