Course description

With this online course from the International Society for Educational Technology, you will learn the latest developments in instructional design for online education and employ a variety of multimedia technology tools to design, create and evaluate engaging learning experiences.

This course includes best practices and the research that supports those best practices, along with templates and other helpful guides.

Creating Effective Online and Blended Courses

While designing this course, our purpose was pretty straight forward: help instructors create materials and provide guidance for the best practices in online teaching.

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 blended 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.

Key learning goals

By the end of this instructional design course, you should be able to:

  • Apply the Understanding by Design (Backward Design) framework to course design
  • Write effective, measurable learning objectives
  • Design assessments based on desired outcomes
  • Connect learning objectives to course activities and assessments
  • Construct and deploy an online lesson and incorporate e-learning technologies
  • Identify, evaluate, and integrate emerging technologies to support online learning
  • Link high quality education research to policy and practice
  • Apply instructional design theory and research, universal design, usability concepts, and analyze learning styles in the development of e-learning activities.
  • Comply with copyright and accessibility standards

What we offer?

  • Learn at your pace

    We know you're busy. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to complete your coursework when and where it's convenient for you.

  • Expert instruction

    You learn from experienced instructors. This course is developed and taught by Dr. Ed Forest who holds a PhD in Education.

  • Surrounded by support

    Asking for help can be a hard thing. But there's no need to worry: We're friendly and we've got you covered at every step.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Course Introduction Video
    • Course Overview Video
    • Welcome
    • Syllabus
    • Basic Course Navigation
    • Technology Requirements and Getting Help
  • 2
    Module 1 : Instructional Design Process
    • Module 1 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • An overview of what an Instructional Designer does (Video Lecture)
    • An overview of what an Instructional Designer does (Text Lecture)
    • Video: What is an Instructional Designer?
    • What is the ADDIE Model
    • Instructional Design Process
    • Welcome and Community Building Discussion Board
    • Module 1 Quiz Instructions
    • Module 1 Practice Quiz
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 3
    Module 2: Designing Your Online Course - BIG PICTURE PLANNING
    • Module 2 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • Backward Design: Designing with the End in Mind (Video Lecture)
    • Backward Design: Designing with the End in Mind (Text Lecture)
    • Understanding by Design (1 of 2)
    • Understanding by Design (2 of 2)
    • Writing Measurable Learning Objectives
    • Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives (Video Lecture)
    • Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives (Text Lecture)
    • How to Write Learning Objectives Using Bloom's Taxonomy
    • Outlining Your Course
    • A Framework of Best Practices for Online Courses
    • Best Practices - Designing with the End in Mind
    • Crafting Your Syllabus
    • Alignment in Course Design
    • Module 2 Quiz Instructions
    • Module 2 Practice Quiz
    • Reading: Using Storyboards in Online Course Design
    • Resources and Templates
    • Optional: ABCD method for writing learning objectives
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 4
    Module 3: Lecture Presentations
    • Module 3 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • Delivering Content Online
    • Choosing a Recording Type
    • Keys to a Successful Presentation
    • Content and Delivery Tips (Video Lecture)
    • Content and Delivery Tips (Text Lecture)
    • ADA Compliance
    • Content Delivery Tools
    • How to Look your Best on Camera at Home
    • Non-Video Lectures
    • Module 3 Quiz Instructions
    • Module 3 Practice Quiz
    • Resources and Templates
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 5
    Module 4: Assignments & Assessments
    • Module 4 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • Components of a Good Assessment (Video Lecture)
    • Components of a Good Assessment (Text Lecture)
    • Creating Good Assessment Questions
    • Authentic Assessments
    • Components of Good Assignment
    • Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions
    • Assessment Types
    • Peer Grading
    • Self-Grading
    • Module 4 Quiz Instructions
    • Module 4 Practice Quiz
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 6
    Module 5: Effective Discussion Boards
    • Module 5 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • Discussion Boards: Benefits and Uses (Video Lecture)
    • Discussion Boards: Benefits and Uses (Text Lecture)
    • Best Practices for Effective and Engaging Discussion Boards
    • Discussion Board Questions That Work
    • Resources and Templates
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 7
    Module 6: Groupwork
    • Module 6 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • The Benefits of Groups (Video Lecture)
    • The Benefits of Groups (Text Lecture)
    • Resources and Templates
    • Readings (Optional)
  • 8
    Module 7: Accessible Online Environments
    • Module 7 Introduction Video
    • Overview
    • Types of Accessibility Needs (Video Lecture)
    • Types of Accessibility Needs
    • Headings
    • Headings in Word Activity
    • Color Contrast
    • Alternative Text
    • Alternative text in a Word Activity
    • Font Size and Type
    • Captioning
    • PDF Accessibility
    • PDF Accessibility Activity
    • Readings (Optional)