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Design: Designing for Learning (online)

In this course, you will examine the development of different theories of instruction, including conditions-based theory, constructivist and human performance theories. You will also consider how these theories have contributed to the development of various models of instruction and learning design.

About this course

This course explores and critiques different approaches and theories relating to instruction and teaching. It covers early cognitive theories, mastery learning, conditions-based theories and its impact on learning outcomes, and more recent ideas like constructivist design theories and performance improvement theory.

As this material is examined, there is an analysis of different learning design models developed based on these theories, including ADDIE, TPACK, UDL, UBD and others.

You will have the opportunity to explore user experience design and design thinking, before using this knowledge to develop a learning design solution to a brief.

Course outline

This microcredential will be delivered over six sessions and include a mix of group work activities and discussions, taking place both synchronously and asynchronously.

During these synchronous sessions, there is also an ‘expression session’ hosted by industry or other Learning Design professionals, and the opportunity for participants to undertake online labs with specific Learning Designs and technologies.

The learning management system (LMS) incorporates a range of other interactive activities, such as quizzes, multimedia presentations, short video and audio recordings and peer critiques. There will be regular formative assessments for participants to track their progress.

Course learning objectives 

  • 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 own and others’ learning and practice
  • Communicate and justify chosen instructional design approach in ways appropriate to the audience, context and purpose.

Key benefits of this microcredential

Successful completion of this course will equip participants with the knowledge required to design engaging and effective technology-enhanced learning environments. Participants will develop the skills necessary to undertake learning design practices and apply these proactively within various industries.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject Design: Designing for Learning (010302), in the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design. If you enrol in this course at UTS after successfully completing the micro, specific credit is available for this subject. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who is this course for?

  • HR Personnel
  • Learning Designers
  • Instructional Designers
  • PhD Students
  • Academics
  • Teachers

Course Information

Teaching and learning strategies

Participants will engage in online learning that will involve a mix of group work activities, discussions and a range of interactive activities.

Assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1

  • Learning Strategy
    • Weight: 60%

Assessment Task 2

  • Reflection and Evaluation of Learning Strategy
    • Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

Participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.

Required texts

There are no required texts for this course. Recommended readings will be made available to participants online.

Fees and Discount


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this microcredential. If you’re eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni:FASSalumni
  • UTS Staff: FASSstaff

Please note, only one discount can be applied per person per course.

Required equipment

To complete this online course, learners will need access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection and Zoom program for online classes.



09 November




12 hrs

Lead Academic

Dr Keith Heggart

Dr Keith Heggart
Lecturer, School of International Studies & Education

Dr Keith Heggart (PhD) has established a long career as a high school educator, working in school leadership in government and non-government schools in the UK and Australia. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. He is currently the Academic Lead for the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design.

Dr Heggart's research focuses on learning and instructional design, educational technology and civics and citizenship education. He is currently exploring the way that online learning platforms can assist in the formation of active citizenship amongst Australian youth.

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Book a session

Mon 09 Nov 2020 -
Fri 18 Dec 2020
Expert: Dr Keith Heggart
  • This course will be delivered online through Canvas and Zoom sessions.
  • Online
  • 6 sessions, 12 hours total

These sessions are conducted via Zoom. For optimum participation, you should have a functioning webcam, microphone and headphone or speakers.

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