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University of California, Irvine

Instructional Design: Course Planning and Pedagogy

University of California, Irvine via FutureLearn


Set your course up for success using instructional design models and theories

Before any instructional designer can start developing a course, you need to ensure the course environment is set up and that you have the basic tools to facilitate the course design.

On this three-week course, you’ll learn how to master the course planning stage to ensure the success of the rest of the process.

You’ll unpack learning theories to gain a better understanding of how people learn and retain knowledge, and learn how to apply these techniques to your course.

You’ll also explore commonly used design models to help you achieve your instructional goals and facilitate learning.

Pin down your team structure for effective results

Choosing your team players is a crucial part of the course planning stage.

On the course, you’ll learn how to choose the right people for the different stages of course building.

With this forward planning, you can create a solid team where everyone understands their roles.

Learn the best practices for working with subject matter experts

To help extract your course information, you’ll learn tips for working with subject matter experts.

These best practices can also be applied to instructors and faculty to ensure you build strong relationships with everyone involved in the course making.

Discover vital project management strategies

You’ll delve into project management and learn the basic tools and strategies that will aid you in your course development.

Learning from Jean Marrapodi, an expert in her field of eLearning, you’ll benefit from her mentoring and specialist skills and finish with the knowledge to effectively plan your course.

This course is designed for new or experienced instructional designers looking to further their skills. It may also be useful for educators who are looking to transition into a role as an instructional designer.

Improve your course development skills even further with these courses from the same provider:

  • Course Development
  • Educational Media
  • Facilitation Skills


  • Team Structure & Instructional Design Models
    • Course introduction
    • Team structure
    • Learning theories
    • Instructional design models
    • Week wrap up
  • Working with SMEs
    • Welcome to the week
    • SME/Faculty: Pitfalls and solutions
    • Paradigm shift
    • Copyright and fair usage
    • Week wrap up
  • Project Management
    • Welcome to the week
    • Course development process
    • Communication
    • Escalation process
    • Project management tools
    • Course wrap up

Taught by

Camille Funk


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