Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Strengthen Your Instructional Design Skills to Improve Learning Results

Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators aims to provide a foundation of instructional design practices and processes for new or veteran teachers. While many educators are familiar with the concept of “Backwards Design,” this course delves deeper into how to design strategically and target learning transfer and long-term understanding. The purpose of this course is to empower a variety of teachers and administrators with the design tools and strategies they need to maximize student achievement and engagement. This course is universally applicable to traditional and online course design.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-14) interested in strengthening their instructional design skills for classroom and/or online teaching.  Beginning and veteran teachers, public and independent school teachers teachers, grade level and subject area teachers, and administrators who would like to use these practices to guide professional development opportunities will benefit.

Course Materials: No textbook is required for this course.

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X782L – 012 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Introduction to Instructional Design for Educators

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Amy Triba

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Examine learning styles and their relationship to instructional strategies and design
  • Analyze the diverse instructional needs of learners
  • Develop learner outcomes addressing concrete and specific expectations
  • Describe Understanding by Design
  • Incorporate Understanding by Design Principles into existing curriculum
  • Assess the effectiveness of instructional design strategies


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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With hundreds of courses across a range of education-related topics, there’s a strong chance we have the ideal class for you!

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes with real-world educators are an important part of the USD experience.

Work-Life Balance

Our educator courses offer flexible course formats and class times to help you balance your work, USD studies, and family life.