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This introductory online course in theories and practices of instructional design is a great step for individuals aspiring to create effective and engaging educational content. In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, the ability to design instruction that meets the diverse needs of learners is paramount. This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the core principles and methodologies of instructional design, equipping students with a foundational understanding of the learning process, curriculum development, and assessment strategies. Participants will delve into instructional design theories, explore various instructional models, and gain hands-on experience in designing and developing educational materials that align with best practices. Whether you are an educator, e-learning developer, or someone passionate about enhancing the learning experience, this course is an ideal starting point for your journey into instructional design.
Throughout the course, students will learn to apply instructional design principles to a variety of educational settings, from schools to corporate training programs and beyond. They will gain insights into learner needs, learning objectives, and effective strategies for engaging and assessing learners. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to create instructional materials that are not only informative but also interactive and tailored to the diverse needs of today’s learners. This introductory course is a stepping stone toward mastering the art of creating effective educational experiences, making it an invaluable resource for those looking to excel in the field of education and training.
Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.
Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.
You will enhance your resume with critical skills.
Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Foundations of Instructional Design course and immediately enter the workforce.
Pathway 2: Continue your academic career to earn an Instructional Technology Undergraduate Certificate, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. This instructional design certificate prepares you to help curriculum designers implement educational materials within online and in-person learning experiences.
Pathway 3: Continue your academic career to earn a Minor in Instructional Design and Technology, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. Job roles include instructional media production, corporate training, classroom and online instruction, and more.
Pathway 4: Enhance your earning power with an Online Instructional Technology Post-baccalaureate Certificate. This gives you the ability to work as a full Instructional Desinger in different types of organizations.
In this gamified course, you leave the world of traditional learning behind as you step into the role of an instructional design manager, learning with and leading a team of designers through an introduction to instructional design theories and practices. In your leadership role, you will overcome real world challenges using instructional design models, management, assessment, curriculum design & development, and instructional design pathways. As you move through this interactive story, you create trainings, learning experiences, and even design a mini course using a real learning management system to win an instructional design contract for your virtual company.
The course is $395, with a $35 transaction fee per payment. There are no books to purchase.
Note: due to the course being self-paced, you can register up until March 1 and still complete the course by April 1.
Once you successfully complete the course, you can immediately enter the workforce with newly learned skills. You will receive a digital badge embedded with the competencies learned. You can include this badge on your resume, LinkedIn page, portfolio, or share it with an employer. Students will also receive a certificate of completion.
Students can also convert the course to three credits and continue to an MSU Denver certificate or degree. See FAQs for more information.
A former decorated US Army Military Intelligence Noncommissioned Officer who, after graduating from Basic Combat Training, Defensive Language Institute (Presidio of Monterey), and the Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Programs, spent most of his military career overseas, Alex McDaniel earned his BS in Organizational Communication from MSU Denver, his MA in Instructional Design and Adult Learning from the University of Colorado Denver. Alex has more than 20 years of professional instructional design and leadership experience and currently supports MSU Denver as the Associate Director of Instructional Design. Alex has also developed and taught numerous face-to-face and online courses including: Instructional Design Thinking (EDT-2050), Games, Applications, and Instructional Interaction (EDT-3050), Intermediate Interactive Production (COM-3450), and Producing Digital Documents (COM-3630).
Since 2005, Alex McDaniel has worked with individual faculty members to create and improve hundreds of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. After watching a speech from Sal Khan (of Khan Academy) in 2012 about the power of open instructional resources and platforms, Alex began a deep investigation of OERs, including mastering so many subjects offered via Khan Academy that he became one of the few people in the world to earn a Black Hole Badge. Throughout this time, Alex actively sought ways to infuse OERs into course design processes in order to maximize student learning and make each learning opportunity more affordable for Colorado students. In his current role as Associate Director of Instructional Design, he has worked with his team to increase the overall adoption and creation of OERs within the design of online and hybrid courses at MSU Denver, resulting in saving students hundreds of thousands of dollars and dramatically increased access to students who might have otherwise been excluded from continuing their education.
Recent awards include MSU Denver Extraordinary Service Award, Roadrunner’s Who Soar Award, eLCC’s Learning Technologist of the Year, Blackboard Catalyst, and the Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice.
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