Other Instructional Design Courses

Instructional Design Central (IDC) has curated a group of instructional design online courses and certifications. These instructional design courses target all levels of instructional designers from beginner, all the way to the very advanced. The instructional design courses range in topics from instructional design, LX design, learning theory, and eLearning. 

Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

Explore emerging learning theories and interactive technologies to create engaging experiences for today’s connected students. 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.


LX Design: Teach Anything in the Workplace!

Learning Experience (LX) Design is an approach that puts the learner at the heart of every training experience. We've all been there. This course is the first in a (hopefully!) series of courses. I will walk you through the initial steps for producing a transformational, engaging, and effective course design plan. You will download templates to help you focus your thinking and ensure you have all of the information you need to support your learners in their journey. 


Instructional Design for eLearning

The Instructional Design for eLearning course covers the methodology, skills, and techniques necessary for developing effective eLearning solutions. This course provides the foundation for instructional development. In this course, you will: explore current theories, principles, methodologies, and techniques of online learning, create interactive eLearning solutions that meet your learners’ needs, and gain strong knowledge and skills to design eLearning interactions that increase learning effectiveness and decrease costs


Become an Instructional Designer

Instructional designers create engaging, effective learning experiences that help people gain the skills needed for success. From the foundational models of instructional design to storyboarding and screencasting, build a solid foundation for a career in eLearning, online training, or corporate learning and development.


Agile Instructional Design

Many instructional design and development processes produce ineffective products, often accompanied by delayed timelines and cost overruns. Agile instructional design applies the SAM (Success Approximation Model) principles to training development, which results in meaningful and effective learning experiences that help the learner as well as meet the needs of stakeholders. In this course, Richard Sites explores how to apply an agile process to instructional design. Learn how to start savvy, document your ideas, prototype course content, build your design, and review your instruction for any missed opportunities. Dr. Sites also shows how to align your current process with SAM and become an effective leader of agile and iterative training and development projects.


Overview of Instructional Design

Instructional design models are frameworks to help you create quality training. In this course, author and instructional design expert Shea Hanson explores some of the most salient models of instructional design: ADDIE, SAM, Rapid Prototyping, and Gradual Release. Watch scenarios that show how each model performs in action in the workplace, which Shea follows with an examination of its pros and cons. She also provides some helpful resources that will lead to your next step.


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Instructional Design Courses and Certificates

Multiple organizations offer certificates in instructional design or eLearning development. Although an advanced degree in instructional design (MA, MS, PhD, etc.) is generally preferred by most employers, an instructional design certification or online courses can provide the necessary skills the get started in the industry. Below is a list of a few selected instructional design courses and certifications:

Instructional Design and Technology – edX (Micromasters Degree)

This Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program will provide the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on one of the fastest growing areas of education – online teaching and learning. This program will prepare you to create engaging and active learning, using digital pedagogy, emerging technologies and data analytics. Learn more.

Instructional Design Courses – Lynda.com

Our instruction design training shows teachers how to implement the latest best practices for K–12 and college settings in their own classrooms. Learn to teach effectively with iPads, flip your classroom, and much more. Learn more.

Certified Instructional Designer/Developer Program – Langevin Learning Services

This hands-on program shows you how to design successful courses that are interactive, engaging, and lively. It gives you the core skills to accurately diagnose training needs and to create relevant courses that truly improve employee job performance. Learn how to apply Langevin’s proven 12-step design process to simplify your job, save you time, and consistently produce top-quality courses. Backed by over 35 years of instructional design experience and innovation, this program provides the highest level of certification in the training industry. Learn more.

ATD eLearning and Instructional Design Certificate

Invigorate your traditional instructional design with fresh e-learning techniques. Based on examples from organizations that have implemented successful virtual training, this program will provide you with the skills to develop individualized, asynchronous e-learning experiences that motivate learners to change their behavior. Learn to skillfully meet instructional design challenges in any industry and apply the principles of effective e-learning to individualized courses, tutorials, games, simulations and other e-learning modules... Learn more.

ATD Designing Learning Certificate
Discover all of the tools necessary to develop powerful, bottom-line focused training. Using a human performance improvement approach to instructional design, you will learn best practices for conducting a needs assessment, job/task analysis, and course design and development using templates exclusive to ATD. Leave with a structured step-by-step process that can be immediately applied to the development of your own training programs. Learn more.


ATD Master Instructional Designer Program
"Be properly prepared as the role of the instructional designer evolves and more is demanded of your talent and time. The ATD Master Instructional Designer Program covers the entire process of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning programs. In addition, this program explores new design models and techniques that align with emerging needs. The goal of the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program is to give you new approaches to instructional design with a focus on the latest and most effective techniques. Grounded in theory and focused on practice and application, this program will help you master your professional capacity for instructional design." Learn more.


Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design: The George Washington University
"The graduate certificate in Instructional Design provides students from varied professional backgrounds with the foundational knowledge and skills required to design and develop effective instruction for delivery in either the classroom or numerous other learning formats." Learn more.

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