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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Instructional Design Foundations and Applications

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


This course, Instructional Design Foundations, introduces learners to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of instructional design as well as the analysis aspect of instructional systems design in order to create an innovative instructional solution to performance problems in organizations. This particular course also introduces learners to concepts covered in the Instructional Design MasterTrack Certificate. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: ●Describe the major concepts of instructional systems design ●Describe the major learning and instructional theories ●Describe the process of instructional design and instructional design models ●Describe various analysis activities for instructional design


  • Course Orientation
    • You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
  • MODULE 1: Introduction to ISD
    • In this module, we will identify and discuss the conceptual and historical foundations of instructional design. We will also discuss the landscape of instructional design careers and potential career paths.
  • MODULE 2: Foundations and Tools of ISD
    • In this module, we will focus on theoretical foundations including learning theories and instructional theories relevant to instructional design. We will also discuss different instructional design models and their unique characteristics. Finally, we will discuss talent development and its relationship with instructional design.
  • MODULE 3: Analysis Part 1
    • In this module, we will discuss two important analyses of the instructional design process. First, we will learn context analysis, consisting of needs assessment and learning environment analysis. Second, we will discuss analysis of target learner characteristics.
  • Module 4: Analysis Part 2
    • In this module, we will focus on analyzing learning tasks. We will learn the primary process of task analysis including identifying learning goals and outcomes, conducting information processing analysis and prerequisites analysis, and developing learning objectives.

Taught by

Eunjung Grace Oh


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  • Pamela Weber
    Course in 4 Modules, each Module to be completed in 1 week. I completed all 4 modules in three weeks, and the number of hours varied a lot, but I think it took me about 30 hours in total. Course material is very good, and includes videos and recomm…

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