Instructional Design for Adaptive Learning Certificate

Harness the power of adaptive learning.

In this course, learners will walk away with a working, pragmatic knowledge of adaptive learning, a technology that applies artificial intelligence to learning in order to optimize every learning moment and unlock individual as well as organizational performance. Content adapts in real-time to each learner’s activity, so the right content is presented at the right time for each individual. Greater efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement are the immediate outcomes; improved organizational performance is the ultimate outcomes.

The Instructional Design for Adaptive Learning Certificate will take place on May 04-05, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define and contextualize adaptive learning. 
  • Define the organizational needs addressed by adaptive learning. 
  • Understand and apply the principles of learning science that can be employed in adaptive learning. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the three primary components used to design and author an adaptive learning library. 
  • Develop a familiarity with the kinds of issues that surround the operations and implementation of adaptive learning. 


ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Facilitator Information

Christina YuChristina Yu - Christina Yu works for McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science Platforms, a venture that applies artificial intelligence to learning through adaptive technology. She holds an AB in English and creative writing from Dartmouth College and is completing her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to her current role, she managed a portfolio of higher-ed adaptive products, worked at the edtech startup Knewton, and as a professor of English at Kean University and Southern Connecticut State University. 





Karen DunhamKaren Dunham-Sootheran - Karen Dunham-Sootheran is an Instructional Designer at McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science Platforms (MHE LSP), leveraging innovations in adaptive technology to inform and enhance training and professional development for professionals across a wide variety of fields. She holds a doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and a master’s degree in the psychology and neuroscience of learning. Prior to joining MHE LSP, she worked in usability and accessibility at HGSE, where she educated and advised staff and faculty on methods to improve the learning experience through improved pedagogical techniques and the integration of emerging technology resources. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, including graduate level courses on Universal Design for Learning, and on the use of technology in learning. 



    Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. This program may be eligible for up to 14 CPLP recertification points for the face-to-face version and 14 CPLP recertification points for the online version. This program may be eligible for up to 14 APTD recertification points for the face-to-face version and 14 APTD recertification points for the online version. This program has been pre-approved for 14 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 12 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Registration Fees

ATD Member: US $1,120
Nonmember: US $1,480





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For additional information on this program, please contact ATD Customer Care at or 703.683.8100.