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University System of Maryland

Instructional Design and Technology

University System of Maryland via edX MicroMasters


Engage and inspire students through technology.

Learn how to create enhanced learning opportunities using the latest tools and techniques to connect with today’s digital-first learners.

Our unique approach to instructional design focuses on understanding learning theory, blending traditional instructional design models with rapid prototyping and data analytics to create online courses. You will gain hands-on experience developing and publishing online courses using a learning management system of your choice.

This Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program will provide the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on one of the fastest-growing areas of education – online teaching and learning. This program will prepare you to create engaging and active learning experiences, using digital pedagogy, emerging technologies and data analytics.

Through this program, you will learn how to design captivating learning experiences for learners who want mobile learning opportunities that are collaborative and accessible, while advancing your knowledge of educational theory.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

Explore the evolution of learning theories, from traditional behavior-based approaches to the emerging understanding of how social engagement can enhance the learning process.

Course 2: Instructional Design Models

Explore traditional and current instructional design models as you develop your own outline of an online course.

Course 3: Instructional Design: Digital Media, New Tools and Technology

Explore the design, development and use of digital media and emerging technologies to support online teaching and learning.

Course 4: Instructional Design Course Evaluation & Capstone Project

Develop your Instructional Design & Technology MicroMasters capstone project while you learn course evaluation models to assess the impact of design on the learning environment.


Taught by

LeAnn Derby, Doug Brtek and Randy Hansen


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