Design Thinking for L&D, Part 3 of 5

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we introduced Design Thinking (DT) for L&D, and discussed the Empathy and Define Modes. In this post, we’ll take a look at the third mode: Ideate.

The ideate mode is where you concentrate on idea generation, or brainstorming. This is the mode where you get the most creative, “go wide” and really work on a broad range of possibilities. You will use the output of your ideation sessions to construct prototypes and get them in the hands of your audiences.

The ideation mode transitions you from empathizing and defining user problems to creating solutions for them. Ideating helps you combine the understanding you have of the problem and the people you are designing for with your imagination to generate real, usable solutions. The important aspect about ideating is to not simply find a single, best solution, but to generate a range of solutions to choose from. The determination of the best solution will be discovered later, through user testing and feedback.

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