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University System of Maryland

Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

University System of Maryland and University of Maryland University College via edX


Technology, digital media, and mobile access have changed how people learn. Today’s students want to be engaged and self-directed with digital content, available anytime, anywhere. This is a challenge for instructional designers as they create online learning experiences.

In this course, you will step into the shoes of a learner and apply learning theories to your own personal experiences. You will explore various learning theories, examine related research, and practice applying these concepts to real-world problems you are interested in solving. Furthermore, you will learn about the trends and skills instructional designers use to analyze and solve instructional problems. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how learning works and learn to employ well-researched principles to tackle complex and diverse challenges that individuals face in their personal and professional lives.

By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to start developing your own learning solution.

Previous background in teaching or professional development is a plus but not required. Join us and launch your career as an instructional designer.

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: Introduction, Copyright, & the Creative Commons
Week 2: Learning Theory: Behaviorism
Week 3: Learning Theory: Cognitivism
Week 4: Learning Theory: Constructivism
Week 5: Learning Theory: Connectivism
Week 6: Learning Theory: Andragogy
Week 7: Assessment & Learning Models
Week 8: Microlearning and Signature Assignment Submission

Taught by

Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown


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