Instructional Design Best Practices

EDUC 763 Instructional Design for ELearning
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Online Course
3 graduate semester hour credits
Instructor: Jamison Patrick 

Fall: October 21 - December 13, 2019
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,356 per course)
Fall Tuition Due - October 9, 2019

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

You will

  • Participate in design thinking.
  • Write measurable instructional objectives.
  • Apply rubrics for assessment.
  • Generate assessment ideas for online, blended and flipped classrooms.
  • Select tools and strategies that support engagement.
  • Apply principles of brain processing to lesson planning.
  • Evaluate best practices in instructional design.
  • Incorporate UDL (universal design) and accessibility principles.
  • Use graphic design to enhance a syllabus.
  • Design with Horton’s three types of activities: absorb, do, connect.
  • Design conceptually powerful curriculum materials.

Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses hybrid learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

This course is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

This course can be taken as a stand-alone professional development experience.

Course Description

Evaluation, discussion, and application of instructional design theories and principles for online learning. Examination of hybrid, self-paced and facilitated online learning experiences delivered via course management systems. Scenario-based simulations and case study analysis. Creating interactive multimedia learning objects. Application of accessibility and usability guidelines in web-based course design.

Learn instructional design best practices. Use design thinking, graphic design, assessment rubrics, and UDL to create engaging and efficient online courses. Understand how people learn and how to design conceptually and aesthetically. Evaluate elements of online course design.

This 100% online course also addresses blended learning and flipped classroom environments. Get hands-on experience with synchronous and asynchronous methods. Use accessible video and audio to engage learners.

Note: This online course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

Our Students Include:

  • Adjunct professors
  • Adjunct faculty
  • College and university professors
  • Technical and community college instructors
  • Teachers (k-12, flipped classroom and virtual school)
  • Healthcare, nurse educator, healthcare training, health education program
  • Trainers (Staff training, corporate training, training and development, train the trainers)
  • Curriculum designers, professional development coordinators, and distance education and continuing education leaders

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and .one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

How do I register?

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.
  • E-textbook provided after you login to the course.

Chapters from various books on the themes of the course will be provided to the student as pdfs. The university has secured licenses for these chapters. They will be offered within the content modules in D2L (password protected).

Our Students Say. . .

"Instructional Design for Online Learning is a great model for anyone who is considering online or hybrid instruction. It is very well structured and facilitated, the content is engaging, and it encourages communication among students – all, I believe, key criteria for a quality online course."
Margie Konik, Health Information Technology, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Stanley, Wisconsin
"One of the aspects that I discovered as valuable, was the knowledge that the instructor was in my corner. She desired for me to be successful, and she incorporated the resources I needed to make this happen. … Through taking this course, I have become increasingly aware of the human component. I see more clearly the value of increased appropriate instructor presence on the discussion board."
~ Traci Skog, Graduate Student
Baldwin, Wisconsin

"I only wish that I had enrolled in a course like this at the beginning of my venture into online teaching. This course showed me some really helpful tools and strategies that we can use to improve how we work and evaluate our courses... Anyone who is teaching online or thinking about teaching online should take this course."
~ Ginnie Fleming, Online Instructor Grades 4-6
West Chester, Pennsylvania

"The instructor is highly knowledgeable and provided quick, personalized feedback. I came away from this class with highly applicable skills which will greatly enhance my work as an instructional designer and online instructor."
~ Karen Franker, Instructional Designer and Online Instructor
Madison, Wisconsin

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.