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Top 10 Instructional Designs Courses You Can Audit For Free

Instructional Design is the systematic process involved in the creation of learning experiences. It involves determining the learners’ needs, analyzing these needs, and going on to create a system that meets the end goals already defined. Instructional designer is the tag given to a person who handles this process.

Instructional Design Foundations and Applications

Instructional Design Foundations and Applications is a Social Sciences course that forms part of the Instructional Design MasterTrack Certificate offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is taught in English, and lasts for 14 hours, spread over 4 weeks. Using videos, readings and quizzes, this 4-module introductory course exposes participants to both the theoretical and conceptual foundations of Instructional design, and offers an innovative solution to the performance problems in organizations, via the analysis of instructional systems design. Learn the process of instructional design and the models used there in, as well as the comprehensive analytical activities used for instructional design. Also gain technical skills needed, during the course orientation.

Advanced Instructional Strategies

Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom is course 3 of 5 in the Virtual Teacher Specialization offered by the University of California, Irvine. Instructions are given in English for 7 hours, spread over 4 weeks. Subtitles are also available in English, and Italian. If you’re interested in upgrading your skills and techniques when it comes to virtual teaching, then this course is ideal for you. Learn how to avoid the common issues beginners face, by focusing on the basics with the greatest impact on student learning in a mixed or strictly virtual environment. Participants will assess their own skills by applying what they’ve learnt, in the creation of guides, resources, and assignments, which would meet their students’ needs. Explore setting up environments that enable personalized learning for your students, and also learn strategies that come in handy for at-risk students.

Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education

Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education is a Social Sciences course offered by the University of Colorado Boulder. This beginner-level course is taught in English for 4 weeks, with subtitles available in English and Spanish. Explore a set-up that offers instructions and strategies which enable you cater for a wide range of students, including those with abilities, and/or disabilities. Learn practices that favour inclusion, and help you avoid accessibility issues that come with online teaching. If you’re interested in a broad overview of accessibility considerations, and a guide on checking documents for accessibility, making images accessible, video captioning, course content preparation to accommodate learning differences, then this is for you.

Leadership Through Design Innovation

Leadership Through Design Innovation is course 5 of 6 in the Organizational Leadership Specialization offered by Northwestern University. Instructions are passed in English, with subtitles available in English and Portuguese (Brazilian). The course lasts for 14 hours, spread over 4 weeks. The constantly evolving workplace requires newer styles of leadership in order to stay innovative. This course explores Design as a tool to deliver value to stakeholders, discover market opportunities, and a way to validate concepts, and reduce risks. Get hands-on experience by applying human-centred design process to real-life challenges. Participants will learn how to engage with end users, frame problems effectively, profer potential solutions, and build prototypes to test these assumptions. Also learn the best ways to introduce design innovations to your organization.

Instructional Design Models

Instructional Design Models is an Education & Teacher Training course that forms part of the Institutional Design and Technology MicroMasters program offered by the University System of Maryland, and University of Maryland Global Campus. It requires a weekly effort of 8-10 hours, for 8 weeks, and is taught in English. The prerequisite for this course is basic experience in word processing and G suite. These days, online education has so thoroughly evolved, and become a norm as a result of the creation of institutional designers. Join in and explore both current and traditional instructional design models, curriculum design, collaboration and questioning techniques to create shared understandings as you work on developing your outline of an online course. Also learn how to create a design document as a guide for the online course development process.

Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories is an Education & Teacher Training course that forms part of the Institutional Design and Technology MicroMasters program offered by the University System of Maryland, and University of Maryland Global Campus. It requires a weekly effort of 8-10 hours, for 8 weeks, and is taught in English. Learning has undergone a lot of change, thanks to technology. This change however, has created a challenge for institutional designers who are creators of the online education experience. Participants are invited to explore emerging learning theories eg. Bloom’s taxonomy and constructivism; technologies used; and curriculum design models using performance-based assessments, which are all involved in the creation of these interactive experiences.

Instructional Design with Orchestration Graphs

Instructional Design with Orchestration Graphs is an Education & Teacher Training course offered by École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. It lasts for 5 weeks, with 4-6 hours required weekly. The prerequisite for this English-taught course is work or degree related to learning sciences or instructional design. For the design of any educational scenario, there are usually operations that implement the orchestration of the design. This course proposes the use of a visual model called Orchestration Graph, where the vertices are learning activities, and the edges of the graph connect consecutive activities. Learn how to maximize the effectiveness of collaborative learning, as well as design a lesson plan that takes benefit of multiple learning activities. Participants will initially start off by sketching graphs on paper and then move on to use of FROG, which is an online platform for Fabricating and Running Orchestrating Graphs.

 The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone

The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone is a Computer Science course offered by Cornell University. It’s an introductory course taught in English for 10 weeks. The prerequisite is high school mathematics background in algebra and number systems. The smartphone is able to do so much because of the powerful computer processor it contains. This course urges participants to explore the core computing technology inside smartphones and the advanced techniques that make them function so effectively. Participants will start from the fundamental layers of computing technology, to binary numbers, application software, and then look into advanced performance techniques and details of actual smartphone processors. Gain basic technical knowledge and the Jade design tool experience to succeed in the more advanced MITx 6.004 MOOC – Computation Structures course sequence.

Developing Expert Educators for Healthcare Professions

Developing Expert Educators for Healthcare Professions is a Healthcare & Medicine course offered by the University of Nottingham. It is taught in English for 6 weeks, and requires 3 hours weekly effort. This course is intended for healthcare professionals who work, or have an interest in delivering formal or informal education. Participants are called upon to identify strategies, and explore the philosophy of education that makes one an expert educator to healthcare professionals. Gain new perspectives on your teaching techniques and values, via interaction with a network of multi-professional educators in healthcare from around thr globe, which will aid in making evidence-based improvements to your teaching. Use the latest evidence around instructional design, effective learning, assessment, feedback and the learning environment to reflect on your own practice.

Introduction to Conversational Interfaces

Introduction to Conversational Interfaces is an IT & Computer Science offered by the  UAL Creative Computing Institute, and Institute of Coding. Instructions are given in English for 2 hours weekly, for 2 weeks. This course is for anyone interested in new technology, with a focus on exploring conversational and voice-based interfaces and how audiences engage with them. Participants will need a device such as a laptop or tablet with access to the internet. Conversational interfaces refer to a system where a computer is able to reply instructions using natural language. This is very common with the advent of chatbots, and assistants such as Alexa and Siri. Explore conversational and voice-based interfaces; their development, as well as the consideration and challenges of the developers. Also gain skills that help in the effective and responsible design of these interfaces.

The courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.