Overlap works with people and organizations that want to make things better. We use tools of design to understand problems, draw out insights, generate ideas, and arrive at practical, actionable solutions.

Foundations in Human-Centred Design Certificate

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2023 Course Calendar | Pricing is per person

Gain a detailed understanding of how to implement and lead design thinking as a process to solve human-centred problems. Overlap's certificate program includes three courses:

  • Exploring Complex Problems
  • Building Innovative Ideas, and
  • Making Better Decisions

You’ll learn how to develop an understanding of how to describe a problem as it is currently understood, how to come to better solutions through structured collaboration, and the importance of feedback on your solutions as you refine them. We run these courses once per semester. You can select pre-select your semester for enrolment below, or have us get in touch to customize your learning schedule. 

What's Included:

  • 18 hrs of live online teaching from expert design coaches
  • Practical exercises to practice skills
  • An introduction to Miro, a digital whiteboard & design tool
  • Downloadable deck of design exercises to help design workshops and plan your work (for use in Miro)
  • Downloadable Idea Brief template
  • Downloadable Testing Brief template

Live Online Instruction
Three courses included. Each course is split into two, three-hour calls with other learners from all over the world and led by Overlap instructors.

Practice
Throughout the courses there are opportunities to practice skills and apply concepts.

Connect
You’ll be able to join peers to share and discuss what you’re learning to gain greater understanding and deepen the impact.

Reflection
Learning design is more than technical skills—it’s about the way your worldview is changing and your approach to problem solving. Multiple moments of reflection are designed into each course.

2023 Course Dates:

Winter Semester

Exploring Complex Problems | February 7 + 9: 9am – 12pm EST

Building Innovative Ideas | February 28 + March 2: 9am – 12pm EST

Making Better Decisions | March 21 + 23: 9am – 12pm EST

Spring Semester

Exploring Complex Problems | May 9 + 11: 9am – 12pm EST

Building Innovative Ideas | May 16 + 18: 9am – 12pm EST

Making Better Decisions | May 30 + June 2: 9am – 12pm EST

Summer Semester

Exploring Complex Problems | August 15 + 17: 9am – 12pm EST

Building Innovative Ideas | August 22 + 24: 9am – 12pm EST

Making Better Decisions | September 12 + 14: 9am – 12pm EST

Fall Semester

Exploring Complex Problems | November 14 + 16: 9am – 12pm EST

Building Innovative Ideas | November 21 + 23: 9am – 12pm EST

Making Better Decisions | December 12 + 14: 9am – 12pm EST

    How you'll learn

    Live Online Instruction
    The course is split into two, three-hour calls with other learners from all over the world and led by Overlap instructors.

    Practice
    Throughout the modules there are opportunities to practice skills and apply concepts.

    Connect
    You’ll be able to join peers to share and discuss what you’re learning to gain greater understanding and deepen the impact.

    Reflection
    Learning design is more than technical skills—it’s about the way your worldview is changing and your approach to problem solving. Multiple moments of reflection are designed into the course.

    What happens when you buy a course?

    After your purchase, you will be enrolled into the course and receive an email confirming your course date, time, and zoom link.

    You will also be sent information to login to our learning site and community. Access to any downloads and course content will be found there.

    I'd like to book for my team

    If you'd like to book this course for you team select 'Team Booking', confirm the number of seats during the checkout process and we'll connect with you to book a date that works for your team!

    Rather speak to someone first? You can reach out to hello@overlap.school with your request and we'll get you sorted!

    For teams smaller than 5 people, we'd recommend joining one of our open courses. Your team will join others learning the same material and will get the added benefit of connecting with individuals in other organizations.

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