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MICROCREDENTIAL

Create: Creating Interactive Multimedia Objects

Have you ever been in a training session, presentation or seminar, and found that you can’t seem to concentrate no matter how hard you try? Or your mind wanders off as you get distracted by an image included in the presenter’s slides? Instructional resources can help the learning process – or hinder it. With this learning design microcredential from UTS Open, you’ll gain the skills to create impactful educational activities, objects and environments that transform the learner experience.

 

 

The course provided a good overview of existing and emerging digital tools, and demonstrated how learning design draws on principles of UX. The insights and skills I gained were immediately applicable in my work projects, so it was a worthwhile experience.

Anushka Fowler, Curriculum Designer

About this microcredential

Effective communication is crucial to the learning design process. This UTS microcredential will introduce you to theories of educational communication and instructional media and demonstrate how they influence the design of learning activities and environments.

You’ll examine and critique examples of print, online, visual and audio multimedia, evaluating their effectiveness as tools to enhance the learning experience.

Further, you will:

  • Explore methods of building interactivity into the learning design process
  • Examine the basic elements of media design
  • Put your learning into practice by developing your own interactive media object.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Provide you with in-depth knowledge of theoretical frameworks underpinning educational communication and instructional media
  • Develop practical learning design skills that can be applied in various industries
  • Equip you with the skills to analyse and critique instructional resources using various tools and theoretical models
  • Strengthen your ability to be a critical user of different learning technologies.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Create: Creating Interactive Multimedia Objects (010307) in the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is aimed at professionals in any sector who are involved in the development and facilitation of learning and education. These include, but are not limited to:

  • HR professionals
  • learning designers
  • instructional designers
  • trainers
  • school teachers
  • PhD students

Price

Full price: $1,400 GST-free)*

Special price: $1,260 (GST-free)* Special price offer ends on 3 October 2022

*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

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This microcredential is structured into 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. These weekly, optional 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:

Communication and Learning Design

  • Discover the different theories about how we communicate, the mechanisms and processes of communication and how it relates to learning design.

Media and Learning Design

  • Explore the different ways of thinking about media and its role in learning design and instruction. Draw on theories from fields outside instructional design and education, including communications and psychology.

Text and Learning Design

  • Examine some of the key principles behind using text and images effectively in learning design. Learn how to apply these principles to create effective communications online.

Casting and Learning Design

  • Learn the principles of effective video design, when to use (and when not to use) a video and how to create your own educational video.

Interactivity and Learning Design

  • Explore some basic and some more complicated examples of interactivity and the tools used to create them. Examine how interactive objects can be used to meet learning outcomes and create your own sample interactive object.

Expression session

  • Engage in a practical workshop hosted by an industry expert that combines the ideas, concepts and tools developed throughout the course and puts them into practice.


Course delivery

  • This microcredential includes weekly, live, 90-minute optional online sessions facilitated by an expert UTS academic, supporting self-study and online learning activities
  • The optional 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.

Course learning objectives

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

  • Explain how instructional media and educational communication theories influence the design of learning activities and environments
  • Analyse and critique interactive media elements and evaluate their effectiveness for learning
  • Design and develop basic interactive media objects, taking into consideration accessible and contextual factors
  • Reflect and evaluate own and others’ learning and practice
  • Prepare and communicate a compelling rationale for the design of an interactive media object.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Interactive media object (weight: 50%)

  • Apply the skills and knowledge developed through the course to create a multimedia element or object.

Assessment task 2: Justification for choice and design of interactive media object (weight: 50%)

  • Prepare a written commentary that justifies the design choices used in assessment task 1, with reference to academic literature (length: 1000 words).

In order to pass the microcredential, participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.

Requirements

Mandatory

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.

Discounts

Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni/students with voucher code: FASSalumni 
  • 5% discount for group enrolments of 3 or 4 from the same organisation (see below for how to obtain your voucher code)
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 5 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 support@open.uts.edu.au 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)

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 in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@utsopen.uts.edu.au 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 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, 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 the UTS Open Customer Service Team at support@open.uts.edu.au 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.

Contact information

Please contact FASSSFL@uts.edu.au if you have any questions about the course content, delivery or requirements.

If your query is in relation to enrolment or payment, please email support@open.uts.edu.au

$1,260.00

START DATE

07 November

MODE

Online

DURATION

6 wks

COMMITMENT

Avg 12 hrs/wk

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Lead academic

Dr Keith Heggart

Dr Keith Heggart
Course Designer

Keith is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. He is currently the academic lead for the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design at UTS and 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.

Keith'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 among Australian youth.

Keith was the recipient of the 2021 Emerging Scholar Award from the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE).

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Mon 07 Nov 2022 -
Fri 16 Dec 2022
Expert: Dr Keith Heggart
  • This course will be delivered online through Canvas and Zoom sessions. Sessions are optional and will also be recorded.
  • Online
  • 7 sessions, 10 hours total

This course has a 1 hour introduction on the first Monday from 5.00 PM, and then runs on Wednesday afternoons from 4.00 – 5.30 PM. 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.

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