Instructional Design: Course Development
University of California, Irvine
  • Start Date: 06 Jun, 2022
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Gain essential skills to help you navigate the course development stage effectively as an instructional designer.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Learn how to successfully guide subject matter experts

Course development is the crux of effective online learning and how you guide subject matter experts (SMEs) is a crucial part of your role as an instructional designer.

On this three-week course, you will apply the essential tools in helping SMEs conceptualise and develop course content.

You’ll begin by identifying the key elements of a course map to help everyone involved understand what is expected from the course, and how to meet those expectations.

Create a learning management system (LMS) template

To help enhance the learning experience of a course, you’ll delve into the processes of a learning management system.

You’ll explore and compare different systems that can help deliver the administration, documentation, tracking, and delivery of your course. With this knowledge, you’ll select an LMS of your choice and use it to create a course template.

Understand the importance of quality review as an instructional designer

To ensure your course is of a high standard, you’ll investigate the tools you can use to measure the quality of a course.

This understanding will help you conduct a course quality review using different techniques to successfully evaluate your materials.

By the end of the course, led by experienced instructional designer Camille Funk, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to help SMEs develop courses effectively and efficiently.

This course is designed to guide instructional designers, new or experienced, through the course development process.

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University of California, Irvine

This university is part of the partnership between eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn.

This institution is available on eLearnAfrica through partnership with FutureLearn.

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