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Instructional Design Free Online Course by University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is offering free online course on Instructional Design: Digital Media, New Tools and Technology. This course requires basic experience in word processing and G Suite.

In this eight week course, applicants will explore the design, development and use of digital media and emerging technologies to support online teaching and learning. This course will start on October 8, 2019.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: University of Maryland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $199
Session: Course Starts on October 8, 2019

Providers’ Details

University System of Maryland

The USM consists of three Research Universities, three Historically Black Institutions, four Traditional Comprehensive Institutions, two Regional Education Centers; one Specialized Research institution, and one “Virtual” Institution specializing in online and distance education, and a system office.


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

Instructional designers today have a tremendous number of tools and resources available to them to create highly engaging courses. Social media, digital video, and freely available online instructional resources and applications connect and engage people in new and exciting ways. When creating online learning experiences, instructional designers integrate and infuse these digital tools and digital content in ways that engage and connect learners to course content.

Why Take This Course?

In this education and teacher training course, part of the Instructional Design and Technology Micro Masters Program, you will explore the design, development, and integration of digital media to enhance the learning experience and investigate how media, emerging and mobile tools, and online applications impact technology-mediated learning environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to design and use instructional materials to enhance online teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design techniques to develop technology-enhanced learning experiences
  • How to engage stakeholders to collaborate, design and evaluate learning experiences and programs


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, and the MEd in Instructional Technology – an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Nationally Recognized Instructional Technology program.

Eli Collins-Brown

Eli Collins-Brown is an instructional developer, designer, technologist, instructor and leader.


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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