Foundations of Effective Instructional Design

Course Aim

Enable students to make informed design decisions based on guidelines developed from research on Learning Theories, Multimedia Theory and the Learning Sciences.

Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Discuss the field of Instructional Design with people who may or may not have Instructional Design Knowledge
    • Effectively explain to others “What is Instructional Design?"
    • Outline the role, responsibilities and competencies of an Instructional Designer
    • Discuss the Ethical issues surrounding Instructional Design
  • Compare and contrast the following Learning Theories and their implications for Instructional Design.
    • Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, and other important derivatives from these theories
  • Choose appropriate Instructional Strategies.
    • List and explain and apply the major research-based recommendations from the Learning Sciences
    • Outline how the Learning Sciences contribute to Instructional Design Practices
    • Justify the use of these recommendations in the choice and design of learning resources
    • Apply some of these principles into Instructional Design Scenarios
  • Design multimedia learning resources that are compatible with human learning processes:
    • Design interactive diagrams to depict learning content
    • Take a learner-centered approach to design of learning programs
    • Identify responsive designs with practice and feedback
    • Apply simple gamification into learning design
    • Discuss predictions for future e-learning

General Course Information

Target students

  This course is suitable for people who:

  • Have done little or no instructional design before or people who have moved into the role of Instructional Design without any formal training.
  • Are interested in creating, developing, and delivering learning programs for business, government, military, or not-for-profit organisations.

Course requirements

  • It assumes that you are comfortable with computers and at least interested to discover forums and wikis.  
  • No training or teaching background required.

Course delivery

  • We use the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) and if you are not familiar with an LMS then, as an instructional designer, you need to be. Through this LMS you can access the course content; text, images, audio presentations, submit assignments, participate in online forums, collaboratively write in Wikis, reflect on your learning in a personal blog and receive the personalised feedback that makes this course come to life.
  • It will be delivered as a flexible online course so that participants can log on at any time.
  • The course takes between 12 and 20 hours to complete reading and assignments, but students are given six weeks to access the course; this allows time to make the most of the course materials, carry out more extensive research if preferred, get personalised feedback and collaborate with other students.

Course availability 

Session 1           Friday 21st July to 1st September 2017
Session 2           Friday 3rd November to 15th December 2017
Session 3           Friday 12th January to 23 February 2017


The cost of the ‘Foundations of Effective Instructional Design’ course is $520 per person

'The Instructional Design Method' course: availability and cost

Session 1           Friday 12th January 2018 – 23 February 2018.  Cost $680


  • Save $100 if you enrol in 'The Foundations of Effective Instructional Design' and 'The Instructional Design Method'  courses together. 
  • There are special rates if you’re unemployed - 30% discount

Conditions Apply

  • The unemployed discount is only available if you’ve been on unemployment benefits for six months or more. 
  • These courses are not transferrable.
  • Course fees are not refundable once a student has accessed the course. 
  • Extensions will cost $50 per week.

Enrolment procedure

Should you wish to enrol, please submit your details below.  You will receive an invoice with details for payment after which you will receive the URL web address for the course, your username and password the week before you start.

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