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P10 Design Thinking for Learning Design

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, October 19

Tracks: Instructional Design

The modern workforce is unique; people have endless options for learning in the ways that best meet their needs. Yet many of the design and development models in L&D are decades old. In addition, we now know that one learning intervention is insufficient to build the skills and competence that will create real change in workplace performance. How can we help individuals embark on a unique learning journey that meets their needs and the needs of the 21st century workplace?

Design thinking is a proven framework for solving sticky problems we find in learning design. Design thinking is a mindset, a process, and a toolset that helps designers generate new approaches to challenging issues. It gives you a new perspective for creative problem-solving that’s iterative, collaborative, and experimental. And it’s also fun! Design thinking workshops are hands-on, energetic, and fulfilling. Join this workshop to explore an entire design thinking cycle. Working in small teams, you will solve a real-world challenge as you go through every stage of the process. You will explore personas, empathy maps, ideation techniques, prototyping, iterative design, and much more. You will see how design thinking can be integrated into your instructional design practice and how it can stimulate ideas for creative, human-centered learning solutions. Then you can take your newly learned skills back to work and teach others how to apply design thinking in your organization.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to think differently about learning experience design
  • How to adapt a design thinking model to your workplace
  • The benefits of working with a diverse team
  • How to develop empathy for learners
  • How to identify and reframe problems
  • How to generate creative ideas
  • How to create low-fidelity prototypes
  • How to test and refine your ideas

Prerequisite audience knowledge:

This workshop is appropriate for both newbies and ninjas. Working in small teams, your skills, creativity, and previous experiences will complement the others in your group.

Connie Malamed

Chief Mentor

Mastering Instructional Design

Connie Malamed is the founder of the Mastering Instructional Design community. She is a consultant, author, and speaker in the fields of online learning, visual communication, and information design. She has helped nonprofit, government, and corporate clients transform their content into effective and interactive learning experiences for more than 20 years. Connie is the author of Visual Design Solutions and Visual Language for Designers and publishes The eLearning Coach website and podcast. She was honored with the Guild Master award in 2018 for contributions to the learning technologies industry.