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University System of Maryland

Instructional Design: Digital Media, New Tools and Technology

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Instructional designers today have a tremendous number of tools and resources available to them to create highly engaging courses. Social media, digital video, and freely available online instructional resources and applications connect and engage people in new, and exciting ways. When creating online learning experiences, instructional designers integrate and infuse these digital tools and digital content in ways that engage and connect learners to course content.

In the third course in the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, you will explore the design, development, and integration of digital media to enhance the learning experience.

Choosing instructional materials for a course may seem like a simple step, but in fact, there are many important aspects of online learning experience development that are important to consider, such as content creation, copyright and creative commons, accessibility testing, and visual and web design techniques.

Course topics include media and visual design, video, screencasting, animation, storyboarding, authoring tools for interactive learning, as well as audio in instructional design.

This course is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Learning Design and Technology. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.


Week 1: Digital Media Introduction
Week 2: Digital Text & Visual Design
Week 3: Digital Images
Week 4: Video Tools & Accessibility Requirements
Week 5: Screencast & Animation Videos
Week 6: Storyboards
Week 7: Author Tools for Interactive Learning
​Week 8: Audio for e-Learning & Signature Assignment Submission

Taught by

Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown


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