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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.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
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.
Assessment Task 1
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
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)
In order to pass the microcredential, participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.
There are no required texts for this course. Recommended readings will be made available to participants online.
To complete this online course, participants will need access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection and Zoom for online classes.
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:
Please note, only one discount can be applied per person per course.
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. Dr Heggart 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.
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 among Australian youth.
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.