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Free Online Course on Instructional Design and Technology

University System of Maryland, UMUC is offering free online course on Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories. Students will explore technology‡s role in supporting and enhancing the teaching and learning process.

In this eight-week course, applicants will explore emerging learning theories and interactive technologies to create engaging experiences for todays connected students. This course will start on August 21, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: University System of Maryland, UMUC 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 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


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.

About This Course

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.

Why Take This Course?

As an instructional designer, it‡s critical to understand emerging learning theories including Bloom‡s taxonomy and constructivism and how they relate to the way people learn in our digitally connected world. This course, which is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, explores the evolution of learning theories from traditional Socratic methods to emerging learning sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply learning theories and their impact in the design of online learning
  • Technology‡s role in the teaching and learning process
  • Curriculum design and how to apply Bloom‡s taxonomy to engage students in the learning process
  • To write effective performance assessments and scoring rubrics


Dr. Edward O’Neill

Dr. Edward O‡Neill is a freelance instructional designer creating innovative teaching and learning experiences at Stanford, USC, and (most recently) Yale.

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


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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  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
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