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Are you ready to take the next step in your learning design career? This UTS Open microcredential combines the fundamentals of learning design with user experience and design thinking approaches, preparing you to deliver engaging and technologically enhanced learning that has learners at its core.


This course was a great introduction to learning design. The material was engaging and up-to-date and the live sessions provided the opportunity to apply what I'd learnt. I'd strongly recommend it!


Wendy Collins, TESOL Language Teacher, ICTE-UQ

About this microcredential

Learning design models such as ADDIE, TPACK, UDL and UBD draw on learning sciences and can be leveraged to respond to a range of pedagogical challenges and needs. In this microcredential, you’ll learn to employ these models to develop an evidence-informed solution to a real-world learning design brief.

Ground your design work in the foundational learning design approaches and theories of learning, such as cognitive load theory and mastery learning, and stay up to date learning about design thinking, learner experience design and performance improvement theory. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and confidence to design engaging and effective technology-enhanced learning environments across a wide range of industries.

NOTE - There are no further places available in the 05 August session, as enrolments have reached capacity. Please join the waitlist to the right hand side of this page to register your interest and be contacted once the next session is scheduled.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential will prepare you to:

  • Build your knowledge of theoretical learning design models and approaches
  • Develop practical and in-demand learning design skills that can be applied in various industries
  • Analyse the influences on learner experience design
  • Identify and construct task-appropriate learning outcomes and strategies.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Design: Designing for Learning (010302), in the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design.

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is aimed at professionals from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds who are involved in the development and facilitation of learning and education. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • HR professionals
  • Learning designers
  • Instructional designers
  • PhD students
  • Academics
  • School teachers
  • Trainers.



Full price: $1,484 (GST-free)*

Early bird price: $1,336 (GST-free)* Early bird price ends on Monday 24 June 2024, 11.59pm (AEST).

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This course comprises six modules and is delivered over six weeks. Each module features self-study materials, interactive activities such as quizzes, multimedia presentations, short video and audio recordings, and peer critiques, as well as facilitated, live online sessions. The weekly, live, online sessions provide an opportunity to apply the content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace, with the course culminating in an industry-led expression session.

The six modules are:

1. Theories of instruction

  • Begin with the development of the field of learning and instructional design, including some well-known theories to create learning environments:- Conditions Based Theory, Bloom’s taxonomies and Human Performance Technologies.

2. Models of instruction (part 1)

  • Take a deep dive into general models of learning and instructional design such as ADDIE, UBD and UDL, to gain an understanding of how they might be applied to your current or future work as a learning designer.

3. Models of instruction (part 2)

  • Explore different ideas and models of instruction that try to make use of technology enhanced learning. Topics include blended learning, online learning and HyFlex models of course design.

4. Design Thinking

  • Examine the developing field of Design Thinking and understand the benefits of applying its principles to education and training.

5. Learner centred design

  • Undertake a focused assessment of learner experience design and the interrelationships with user centred design, user experience design and user interaction design.

6. Design: expression session

  • In the final module, you will have an opportunity to undertake a practical workshop with an industry expert where you design and develop learning experiences.

Course delivery

This microcredential includes weekly, live, optional online sessions facilitated by an expert UTS academic, supporting self-study and online learning activities. The live sessions focus on applying the course content to practical and authentic examples drawn from the workplace. Regular formative quizzes throughout the course allow participants to track their progress.

Live sessions will be facilitated online by using Zoom video sessions. Participants will also need to undertake approximately 10–11 hours of self-directed online learning activities each week over 6 weeks.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast various models of learning and instructional design
  • Analyse case studies and contemporary examples to identify and construct appropriate learning outcomes and strategies
  • Select and apply models and frameworks to design learning appropriate to the professional context
  • Reflect and evaluate your own and others’ learning and practice
  • Communicate and justify chosen instructional design approaches in ways appropriate to the audience, context and purpose.


Assessment task 1: Learning strategy (weight: 60%)

  • Apply a model of learning design to a learning gap scenario in order to produce an initial learning design strategy that meets specific learning outcomes (length: 1000 words).

Assessment task 2: Reflection and evaluation of learning strategy (weight: 40%)

  • Critically reflect on your learning development over the course, with specific reference to academic literature, the Learning Strategy assessment task and any other activities (length: 500 words).

Completion requirements

  • Participants must complete and pass all the assessment tasks in this microcredential to pass the microcredential.




To complete this online microcredential, you will need access to a computer or device with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.

Professional recognition

NESA has recently changed its professional development requirements. Teachers are strongly encouraged to review the NESA website for the latest information.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, alumni and students
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 4 to 9 from the same organisation
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 10 or more from the same organisation

See below for how to obtain your voucher code.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?"” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

UTS staff sponsorship

UTS is committed to supporting its staff to deliver quality teaching and learning experiences. The University provides sponsored places for UTS staff admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (GradCertHEd), as well as staff who wish to undertake this microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on subsequent admission to the degree.

To apply for a sponsored place for this microcredential, contact specifying if you are a student admitted to the GradCertHEd or a staff member who wishes to undertake the microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on admission to the GradCertHEd. Please note that sponsored places are limited.

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Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.