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edX: Instructional Design and Technology: Learning Theories

 with  Randy Hansen, Jessica Levene and Eli Collins-Brown

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.

Syllabus

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
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Cost Free Online Course
Provider edX
Language English
Hours 4-6 hours a week
Calendar 8 weeks long

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