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How to Become a Better Instructional Designer—January Cohort Waitlist

Future proof your career with a human-centred approach and create better learning solutions. 

Join like-minded peers in this 8 week experience.

You will learn EVERYTHING you need to know to apply human-centred design to learning solutions.

Our ultimate human-centred design learning experience enables you to adopt and apply the HCD approach to your own projects.

This learning experience is a blended learning approach where we coach you through a project you are working on with a group of practitioners pursuing similar professional goals to you.

💬 What others are saying

"The combined use of all three, the playbook, online course and coaching was invaluable. I found myself going back to the playbook to use the templates, going through the online course to watch some of the role plays prior to actually doing it myself and then seeking clarification and feedback after each part of the process to learn what I could do better next time."—A Belvista Studios' HCD student

"So starting this process, I had no idea what human centred design was... Although, I thought it wouldn’t be much different from the way I operate now given my role as a social worker who works within a person centred approach. While the concept is similar, in that you listen to your ‘user’ or ‘client’, the process of HCD was much more structured and organised in a way that got you the information you needed at the right time. I liked the use of different processes, such as the creative conversations, the user interviews and empathy mapping to illicit the information needed to ensure the project met the users' needs."—A Belvista Studios' HCD student

"I can’t even begin to explain the value that HCD has added to me! I would not be where I am as an instructional designer without it!" —Hannah

"Love getting practical info that just makes the light bulb in my head light up!"—Ashanti

"Simple, easy to follow and all in one place. So excited to apply this! 🤩"—Victoria

🏆 How this course will help your career
  • Design solutions that create high return on investment.
  • Confidently know your worth and how you contribute to better results.
  • Master all that goes into creating better learning solutions immediately without spending the time to research blogs, books and videos.
  • Influence stakeholders and get their buy-in through effective communication, which demonstrates the value of your work and your solution.
  • Launch a solution that is contextual to the needs of your learners and your organisation/customer.
  • Launch a solution that makes a difference, changes behaviour and matches or exceeds expectations.
Our learners tell us that the solutions we create are valuable and our clients ask us to train their team in our process.

As the worlds of instructional design, learning and development, change management, marketing, user experience design, product design, psychology and others start to merge, we have found that human-centred design allows us to stay relevant as our stakeholders expect more from us.

We are inspired to share this approach with others in the industry, so that you too can experience the results that we do and ultimately meet your personal and professional goals.

😃 Who is it for?

  • Current/aspiring instructional designers
  • Teachers and those in higher education
  • Learning and development practitioners
  • Change managers
  • Those with qualifications and those without.
Who want to:

  • Create solutions that meet the needs of their users and in turn solve business problems.
  • Incorporate a human-centred design approach into their design process.
  • Create solutions that engage, impact and change the behaviours of the users they are designing for.
⭐️ What's included?

This is the ultimate blended human-centred design learning experience that includes:

1. Personal coaching

2 x hours of personal coaching that provides you with one-on-one support from one of our human-centred design practitioners. This is an incredible opportunity to learn how to apply the approach to your context and ask customised questions. Use it as required throughout the experience.

2. Group coaching

4 x 2 hour accountability coaching sessions that provide an invaluable opportunity to ask questions relevant to your project and learn from your cohort too.

3. An online course

An online Human-centred Design Course for Instructional Designers and Learning and Development Practitioners featuring:

  • Insights from our studio, our clients and others in the world successfully using the human-centred design approach.
  • The human-centred design approach that we use so that you can apply it to your projects.
  • Videos of our team running activities so you are better prepared for running them yourself.
  • A case study to show you how human-centred design looks in our instructional design and eLearning world.
  • Practical opportunities for you to apply the HCD process to your projects.
  • Podcast conversations of our team discussing human-centred design and how it can be applied practically.
  • Links to tools and resources to support you in using human-centred design for your projects.
4. Step-by-step playbook

A Human-centred Design Playbook for Instructional Designers and Learning and Development Practitioners, featuring templates and resources that enable you to apply the approach to your projects in a practical way.

5. On-the-job application.

As you progress through the program you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to your projects.

🔎 Compare Our HCD Development Opportunities 

📚 Course Topics

📅 Course Schedule

This is an 8 week experience with group coaching every 2 weeks.

😄 About the Coaches

Kim Tuohy

A down-to-earth chick with a passion for creating learning that inspires, and a passion for supporting and developing others.

Hannah Grennan

An energetic and passionate learning designer, who 'fangirls' over human-centred design and has a strong desire to support others in the industry.

✍🏻 Course Design

This course has been designed by the founder of Belvista Studios, Kim Tuohy, in partnership with Hannah Grennan, a learning experience designer in the Belvista Studios team (with a background in Psychology, as well as an interest in humans and how we design for them).

Kim and Hannah have a strong interest in human-centred design and have been researching the approach, presented to others in the industry on how to apply it and ultimately have incorporated it into the processes that they use for projects at Belvista Studios.

Both Kim and Hannah are inspired to share their knowledge and experience of using human-centred design and feel confident that it will add value to others in the industry.


1. What's included?

Coaches to share tailored feedback, a private Instagram messaging group for those in the learning experience, resources (processes, templates, worksheets, podcasts, blogs and videos), 8 hours of group coaching, 2 hours of personal coaching, our HCD Playbook, our HCD online course, the opportunity to be a guest on our podcast and lifetime access.

2. What is the difference between this and the self-paced HCD Ultimate Kit?

The benefit of this learning experience is the community. You will learn with others who have similar desires and interests to you, who likely want to develop their skills and impact their learners better. As you go through it with others, you will learn from each other and your respective projects. To enrol in the self-paced experience, type this URL into your browser:

3. When will the group coaching be held?

Thursday's at 7AM AEST for 2 hours.

  • Session 1: 21 Jan. 2021
  • Session 2: 4 Feb. 2021
  • Session 3: 18 Feb. 2021
  • Session 4: 4 Mar. 2021.
If you can't make it, the sessions will be recorded.

You will gain access to the learning content as soon as you enrol.

4. What is the time commitment required each fortnight?

Take a look at the course schedule for our recommended commitment.

5. What if I cannot commit to the course schedule?

You do not have to attend the group coaching sessions live as they will be recorded. Your project may be at a different stage to others and that is ok. If the 8 week committment does not suit your schedule, we recommend you enrol in the self-paced version, which is more flexible, however, you may not be completing it with others:

6. Do I need a project to participate?

Ideally you will use a current project or be thinking about a future project that you want to apply this learning experience to. If you don't have one, you will still get a lot of value for future application.

7. How long will I have access for?

Forever (as long as we exist).

8. I can't make this cohort. Will there be another?

We run this 4 times a year (January, April, July and October). Be aware that prices may change.

You can enrol in the self-paced version at any time:

9. What if I cannot share my project for privacy reasons?

Share as much context as you can without disclosing private information. The benefit of this community cohort approach is that you will learn with others by sharing. You are accountable for what you disclose as sessions are recorded and available to anyone who undertakes the experience too.

"To be effective, we need to develop solutions that align with the people that we are designing for. By creating solutions that speak to and meet our users’ needs, we are better able to meet business goals. Our users themselves are the levers for change."—Belvista Studios

Ready to invest in your projects, your learners, your stakeholders and most importantly, yourself? You will not regret your professional development commitment to yourself. 👇🏻

Click here and invest in yourself now.

If you liked this blog, you will love our creator hub. There are heaps of resources for instructional designers and learning and development practitioners that you will find valuable, including many resources that help you achieve the strategies in this blog.

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