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edX Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

University System of Maryland and University of Maryland University College via edX

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  1. edX
    University System of Maryland and University of Maryland University College
    8 to 10 hours per week
    8 weeks
    Paid Certificate Available
    Part of:
    MicroMasters Program: Instructional Design and Technology
    Technology, digital media and mobile access have changed how people learn. Today’s students want to be engaged and self-directed with digital content, available anytime, anywhere. This is a challenge for instructional designers as they create online learning experiences.

    As an instructional designer, it’s critical to understand emerging learning theories including Bloom’s taxonomy and constructivism and how they relate to the way people learn in our digitally connected world. This course, which is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, explores the evolution of learning theories from traditional Socratic methods to emerging learning sciences. Additionally, you will explore curriculum design models using performance-based assessments to create effective and engaging learning experiences.

    After a solid foundation of how people learn today, you will explore technology’s role in supporting and enhancing the teaching and learning process.

    Previous background in teaching or professional development is a plus, but not required. Join us and launch your career as an instructional designer.

    This course is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMaster’s program from UMUC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMUC Master’s Program in Learning Design and Technology without any application process or testing. See the MicroMasters program page for more.

    What you'll learn
    • To apply learning theories and their impact in the design of online learning
    • Technology’s role in the teaching and learning process
    • Curriculum design and how to apply Bloom’s taxonomy to engage students in the learning process
    • To write effective performance assessments and scoring rubrics
    Week 1: Your Learning Environment
    Week 2: Learning Theory: Behaviorism
    Week 3: Learning Theory: Constructivism
    Week 4: Learning Theory: Cognitivism & Connectivism
    Week 5: Learning Theory: Andragogy
    Week 6: Complex Learning Theories: Authentic Assessment, Experiential Learning & Project Based Learning
    Week 7: Complex Learning Theories: Service Learning & Gamification
    Week 8: Technology’s Role in Learning

    Taught by
    Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown

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