Free Online Course on Instructional Design Models

The University of Maryland is offering free online course on Instructional Design Models. In this education and teacher training course, part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program students will look at the history and evolution of online learning.

In this eight-week course, applicants will explore traditional and current instructional design models as you develop your own outline of an online course. This course will start on August 21, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: UMUC, University System of Maryland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Course Starts on August 21, 2017

Providers’ Details


University of Maryland University College (UMUC) specializes in educating busy professionals like you. We are a public state university offering career-relevant, affordable education that fits your life. You can earn most degrees and certificates entirely online. At UMUC, you can build your professional value with each class you take.

University System of Maryland

The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state of Maryland’s public higher education system. Benefiting students, as well as Maryland and its citizens.

About This Course

In this education and teacher training course, part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program we will look at the history and evolution of online learning.

Why Take This Course?

Students will explore curriculum design, collaboration and questioning techniques to create shared understandings as you develop your outline of an online course.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to apply instructional design models to develop online learning experiences
  • How to collaborate with a subject matter expert
  • How to create a design document to guide the online course development process


Randy Hansen

Randy is a collegiate professor and program chair at the University of Maryland University College where he leads two master’s programs; the MS in Learning Design & Technology is developing the next generation of Learning Designers to create personalized online learning experiences.

Jessica Levene

Jessica Levene holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction (educational technology) from the University of Florida and has over six years experience leading educational technology change, ranging from district implementation, to large-scale corporate-wide training programs.

Eli Collins-Brown

Eli Collins-Brown is an instructional developer, designer, technologist, instructor and leader. Her focus has been on web-based, blended and online education but over the years has branched into the improvement of teaching and learning environments and faculty development.


Basic experience in word processing and G Suite. A background in teaching, education, or professional development would be helpful but not required.

How To Join This Course

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