Course Description

Building on existing collaborative relationships between OCAD University and the Universities’ industry partners, the Human-Centred Design Micro-Credential Series focuses on key skills in areas of product design and development. This Micro-Credential is developed in collaboration with Myant Inc. and supported by eCampus Ontario.

OCAD U conducted over 30 user interviews with companies working in the start-up space. This market research revealed an explicit need for this specialized training. The challenge in identifying workers with these skills is hindering the development and success of their businesses. Key to growth of any business in the consumer product space is the ability to ensure these products are effectively designed to meet the needs of real people. The application of these skills to multiple industry contexts will be informed by an understanding of equity, decolonization, diversity and inclusivity.

Ideation + Prototyping is the second micro-credential in the Human-Centred Design Series. This Micro-Credential consists of one intensive course that builds on the observations and research gathered in the Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Credential. Participants will develop a digital or physical prototype in response to the complex challenges and opportunities at the intersection of design, technology, and social theory.

Foundational Knowledge:

  • Ability to describe and embed in design principles of why, where and how to use these skills
  • Ability to describe and embed the cycle of user research to iterate/validate ideas
  • Ability to describe and embed iterative design around constraints

Depth of Learning Skills:

  • Create storyboards, flows, visual design
  • Plan for inclusive and accessible design
  • Present design concepts to the team, then discussing and integrating feedback
  • Conduct user testing, collect feedback, apply new findings to update assumptions
  • Transversal (Cross-domain) Attitudes and Skills
  • Trans-disciplinary collaboration to co-create a single design
  • Design thinking
  • Inclusive and accessible practices and articulation of their value
  • Emotional Intelligence to inform user focused design
  • Iterative problem solving

This micro-credential will delivered online and requires a minimum of 20-30 hours of commitment with readings, exercises, and application.

*This micro-credential is approved for OSAP assistance. Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards website for more details about the eligibility criteria and application process.

Earning Your Micro-credential Badge

As part of the modules in each micro-credential, you will complete assignments and exercises outlined in each micro-credential. These build towards the required evidence for each micro-credential that is submitted at the end of the micro-credential modules.

Successfully demonstrated application the key outcomes as part of the required evidencing will be recognized with a digital badge for the specific micro-credential. A link to the badge will be sent via email that can be added to resumes and posted on social media platforms.

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credential is a new model that uses short, focused credentials to verify mastery of a skill or competency, and is designed to target high-demand skills, leading to faster hiring.

The process offers a digital credential, which is the official certification of the acquisition of an individual’s skills or capabilities. It is awarded in a digital form, which is verified, secure and shareable with peers, employers and educational providers.

Why micro-credentials now?

Micro-credentials can be used to recognize both vertical and transversal skills. Coupled with the in-depth learning obtained in a field of study, micro-credentials can be used to present a more holistic view of an individual’s abilities and achievements.

In today’s fast-changing workforce and emerging gig economy, a nimble recognition system is essential for both professionals and employers, who are increasingly moving towards skill or competency-based hiring.

To learn more about micro-credentials, please visit the eCampusOntario website.


Recommended Prerequisites

CSMC-N101 - Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Certification, or equivalent experience.

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Section Title
Ideation + Prototyping for Human-Centred Design Micro-credential
Jan 22, 2024 to Mar 01, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $700.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions.  Learn more about what to expect in a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

Important: Online courses have firm start and end dates. Each assignment has its own deadline. Extensions are not granted.

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas.

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.