Principles of Online Instructional Design
This course introduces students to the foundational instructional design methodologies and models commonly utilized in the design and development of online courses, training modules, or programs. Students explore the application of evidence-based learning science to online course development through instructional design systems such as ADDIE, outcomes-based backwards course design, and more contemporary models, such as SAM (Successive Approximation Model). Participants examine the roles and responsibilities of the instructional designer as they relate to the online learner, instructor, subject matter expert, and others. Students explore best practices related to synchronous and asynchronous delivery of online learning content. Throughout the course, students will apply macro and micro design principles and collaborate to design and create online lesson prototypes; write measurable learning outcomes and related assessments; select and curate appropriate learning resources; integrate task analyses; and design activities that foster online learning communities and promote collaborative learning in asynchronous environments.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the value of systematic approaches to instructional design and the role of instructional designer in online learning environments.
2. Apply theories of learning and cognition to
the design and development of online learning content and courses.
3. Assess online instructional goals through
learner, contextual, and task analyses.
4. Develop measurable instructional outcomes
and objectives to support the effective assessment of online learning.
5. Compare and apply the elements of current
instructional systems design models to the development e-learning projects.
6. Develop instructional strategies, including
identification and sequencing of appropriate learning resources, assessment
instruments, and pedagogical/andragogical approaches for an online learning
7. Create an evaluation plan, including
formative and summative evaluations to assess the effectiveness of online