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Design: Designing for Learning (online)

Explore the different theories, models and processes that have been conceptualised to understand and enact learning design. Move from instruction and teaching to designing engaging and technologically enhanced learning.


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 course

In this microcredential, you will learn to employ user-experience design and design thinking to develop an evidence-informed solution to a real-world learning design brief. Ground your design work in the foundational approaches and theories of learning, such as cognitive load theory and ensure currency with the latest trends, such as constructivist design and performance improvement theory. Discover how 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.

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.

More information on course outline

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 learning objectives 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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.

Key benefits of this microcredential

  • Equip yourself with relevant knowledge to design engaging and effective technology-enhanced learning environments.
  • Develop practical and in-demand skills to apply learning design models in various industries.
  • 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.

Who is this course for?

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 and trainers.

Course information

Teaching and learning strategies

  • This microcredential includes weekly, live, two-hour 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.

Assessment criteria

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)

Minimum requirements

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

Required equipment

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

Professional recognition

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


Full price:

  • $1,362 (GST Free)

Early bird offer

  • $1,226 (GST Free) Early bird ends on 31 January 2021


UTS is committed to supporting its staff deliver quality teaching and learning experiences. The University provides sponsored places for UTS staff admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design, 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 on Limited sponsored places are available.

The following discounts are available

  • 5% discount for 3 or more enrolments from the same department
  • 10% discount for 5 or more enrolments from the same department
  • 10% discount for UTS staff, students and alumni.

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



01 March




6 wks


75 hrs

Lead Academic

Dr Keith Heggart

Dr Keith Heggart
Lecturer, School of International Studies & Education

Dr Keith Heggart (PhD) 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. Keith 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.

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Book a session

Mon 01 Mar 2021 -
Thu 08 Apr 2021
Expert: Dr Keith Heggart
  • This course will be delivered online through Canvas and Zoom sessions. (Sessions will also be recorded.)
  • Online
  • 7 sessions, 13 hours total

This course has a 1 hour introduction on the first Tuesday from 6.00pm, and then runs on Thursday evenings from 6.00-8.00pm; with live sessions 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.

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