Lesson Series

Workshop Design

This course will introduce the foundational learning science and learning experience design principles that you can apply in your workshop facilitation to maximize participant potential.
What you are going to learn

Workshop Design

We will coach you on methods to engage more participants and facilitate lasting growth. You'll obtain vocabulary and concepts to provide more meaning to things you already do, understand the learning experience design principles behind what works, and open your mind to new and more advanced approaches. Differentiate your facilitation practice by building your learning experience design skills.
Throughout this course you will:
  • Define key workshop design methods
  • Practice utilizing key workshop design methods in your work
  • Chart a plan for further workshop design growth
  • Connect with a larger workshop design community

Who Should Attend?


who want to their message and methods to stick with participants


who want to build engaging and impactful learning for staff and clients

Project Managers

who want to create enduring value alongside their teams


who want to sustain organizational learning

What People are Saying

"If you want to make your message stick, work with Erik. Erik helped me and my co-author develop an online course for our book "Make Time" and coached us on teaching workshops for our other book, "Sprint". Erik's mastery of the latest education research, his ability to quickly synthesize what we were trying to accomplish, and clear, actionable advice were priceless. If you're considering developing a new talk, workshop, training, or online course, Erik will help you get from a fuzzy idea to a crisp and effective plan. Highly recommended."
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Jake Knapp


"Jake Knapp and I worked with Erik to design the curriculum and learning experience for a new online course. From the first moments of our conversation, I knew Erik was going to make a huge contribution to the project. He bridges education, experience, and behavioral design in a way that is incredibly rare and tremendously valuable. Plus, he's got a super casual facilitation style that makes it easy to jump in and start making progress. During the all-day workshop that Erik facilitated, we moved effortlessly through the design process and ended up with a great structure and plan for our course. Jake and I are both experienced facilitators, and it was a joy to experience and benefit from Erik's facilitation skills! Jake and I are already thinking of new reasons to work with Erik."
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John Zeratsky


About Erik
Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports partners in finding their solutions. Erik is passionate about supporting clients imagining innovative approaches to complex organizational challenges. 

​Trained as an educator, designer, researcher, and change agent, he brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary, higher education, non-profit, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, he helps people design lasting growth and innovation. Prior to working with Voltage Control, he co-founded Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, an internal design consultancy focused on learning experience design, innovation, and organizational transformation.

He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
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