Design Thinking

Take advantage of human-centric design thinking to address mission challenges via the use of AI technologies.

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About This AI Course

The U.S. Department of Defense has set the goal of becoming an artificial intelligence-ready enterprise by 2025. To do so, its workforce—both military and civilian—must secure the right level of knowledge and skills (in a short amount of time) to take harness the power of AI solutions in support of mission requirements.

Design thinking is one important component of AI. It is an approach to human-centered innovation. Design thinking integrates three critical elements:

  • Needs of humanity
  • Possibilities of technology
  • Requirements for mission success

Complex mission problems require innovative and creative solutions, and the effective application of design thinking is critical to addressing these challenges. A powerful problem-solving system with an end user-focused mindset, design thinking helps to challenge assumptions and ultimately find alternative, novel solutions.

This course delves into the design thinking process and how to utilize it to address AI-related challenges “on the job” and in support of mission. You will learn about the fundamental concepts of design thinking and the key terms to know to think about challenges and seek innovative solutions with a focus on the end user.

What You Will Learn

  • Define human-centered design
  • Understand the steps in the design thinking process to identify creative solutions
  • Apply the design thinking process to mission problems—particularly DoD AI solution challenges
  • Explain AI tool utility and ease of use through design thinking

This course is aligned with the DoD AI and AI Education strategies. It is one of seven FedLearn courses designed for the Employ AI archetype (or employee group)—the largest in the Department.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is perfect for any DoD, U.S. Intelligence Community or government contractor professional interested in advancing his/her/their data management skills.


Prior completion of the FedLearn course, Introduction to AI/Machine Learning Concepts & Terminology (AIDATA109), is strongly recommended.

This course is part of the FedLearn Employ AI archetype learning path.

After completing this course, it is also highly recommended to take the other courses that are part of this learning path—Data Visualization (AIDATA107), Basic Data Management (AIDATA108), Current AI Use Cases in DoD (AISPT105), Responsible AI in the DoD (AIETHICS101) and Cyber Risks and Vulnerabilities (AICYBER101)—to continue to advance your knowledge.

Course Certificate

To achieve a course certificate of completion, you must score 80 percent or higher on graded lesson quizzes and a final exam.

Course Format

Self-paced, online training course

Course Pricing

Individual courses are $124.99 (per person)

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Continuing Education Unit Credits

This course provides .4 CEUs.