Technology, digital media and mobile access have changed how people learn. Today’s students want to be engaged and self-directed with digital content, available anytime, anywhere. This is a challenge for instructional designers as they create online learning experiences.

As an instructional designer, it’s critical to understand emerging learning theories including Bloom’s taxonomy and constructivism and how they relate to the way people learn in our digitally connected world. This course, which is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, explores the evolution of learning theories from traditional Socratic methods to emerging learning sciences. Additionally, you will explore curriculum design models using performance-based assessments to create effective and engaging learning experiences.

After a solid foundation of how people learn today, you will explore technology’s role in supporting and enhancing the teaching and learning process.

Previous background in teaching or professional development is a plus, but not required. Join us and launch your career as an instructional designer.


Week 1: Your Learning Environment
Introduction to the connected, digital edX learning environment, student introductions, getting ready to explore research and articles on learning and learning theory.
Week 2: Nature of Learning
Introduction and review of early theories of educational research methods, nature of learning and social and cultural influences on learning.
Week 3: Learning Theories – Part 1
Introduction and review of theories of learning and application in designing instruction and supporting online learning including behaviorism, cognitivism, humanism.
Week 4: Learning Theories – Part 2
Introduction and review of contemporary theories of learning and application in designing instruction and supporting online learning including constructivism and social constructivism.  
Week 5: Learning Sciences
Explore learning sciences and the interdisciplinary approach to investigating how people learn.

Week 6: Complex Learning Methods
Introduction to complex, multidimensional models of learning, such as gamification and experiential learning.
Week 7: Objectives and Authentic Assessments
Explore active learning objectives and authentic assessments. Students support each other in finishing an online portfolio of learning analysis projects.
Week 8: Technology’s Role in Learning
Explore and discuss technology’s role in changing and supporting learning. Students share and give feedback on their projects.

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  • 4 mesesSTARTS IN
  • 22-05-2019FECHA INICIO
  • University System of Maryland University of Maryland University College
  • Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown


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