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University System of Maryland

Instructional Design Models

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


In today’s interconnected world, online education has exploded with engaging learning experiences infused with interactive digital tools, digital media, and collaborative projects designed to engage dispersed learners. These highly engaging and effective courses are not created by chance - they are created by instructional designers using a careful and systematic design process.

In this course, you'll explore a rich array of instructional design models, each with its own unique strengths and applications. Throughout the eight weeks, you will learn about these models and discover how to identify the best model for your own online course. You will explore instructional design models like ADDIE, Dick and Carey, Understanding by Design (UbD), Rapid Instructional Design, and the Successive Approximation Model (SAM). You will also venture into the world of crafting course learning outcomes, learning objectives, learning activities, and assessments. The journey culminates with your signature assignment, where you'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound knowledge to create the essential components of an Instructional Design Document (IDD).

By the end of this course, you'll have the skills to architect powerful learning experiences.

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.


Module 1: Introduction, History, Ethics, Accessibility, & Artificial Intelligence
Module 2: ADDIE Design Model
Module 3: Dick and Carey Design Model
Module 4: Understanding by Design (UbD)
Module 5: Rapid Instructional Design
Module 6: Successive Approximation Model (SAM)
Module 7: Learning Objectives, Bloom's Taxonomy, & Resources
Module 8: Sequencing, Assessment, & Alignment

Taught by

Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown


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  • Anonymous
    Great course for learning the basics of Instructional design and its' models. Enough info for applying skills in the field.

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