Professional Foundations: Collaborating, Researching, and Networking - ID3

Track : Online Design
Delivery Mode : Asynchronous Workshop
Levels : Beginner,Intermediate
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : No

Please note: Workshop passes and coupons do not apply to this offering.

Great instructional designers continually improve their professional knowledge and skills through networking, research, and collaboration. In this course, you will assess your knowledge of learning and instructional theories, current learning trends, and instructional designer competencies. You will then engage in research, networking, and collaboration to address your needs.

You will also explore well-established theories of learning and instruction that are meant to foster critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and metacognition. Our focus will be to evaluate those theories and strategies for use in different courses and contexts and apply those strategies in ways that support deeper learning. This course utilizes several of the instructional methods you will be researching so you can experience them while you learn about them.

Please note that this course includes a group project as part of the activities.

This 4-week course is part of the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, but may also be taken as an individual professional development offering.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the connections between learning theories, instructional theories, and instructional design models
  • Assess your professional learning needs in the areas of instructional designer competencies and current learning trends
  • Determine your learning needs utilizing networking, research, and collaboration
  • Compare various instructional designs in terms of their ability to support deeper approaches to learning
  • Design instruction that utilizes strategies to promote deeper approaches to learning in various contexts
  • Analyze the uses of cognitivist, constructivist, and motivational learning and instructional theories
  • Create instructional activities based on cognitivist, constructivist, and motivational learning and instructional theories
  • Analyze the impact of participating in communities of practice in a specific instructional design practice
  • Evaluate the use of communities of practice as an instructional design choice
  • Discuss the strategies, benefits, and challenges for developing a community of practice at your institution

Week 1: Learning & Instructional Theories, Instructional Designer Competencies, & Current Learning Trends
Week 2: Instructional Strategies for Deeper Learning Development
Week 3: Instructional Design Models & Frameworks
Week 4: Networking & Communities of Practice

Who Should Take this Program?

  • Instructional designers who work directly with faculty in the course design and development process
  • Librarians and multimedia specialists who also take on the role of an instructional designer
  • Online faculty who also support online course design and development at their institution


At least one year of experience in supporting online course design and development in an instructional design capacity.

This 4-week course is part of the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, but may also be taken as an individual professional development offering. If participants decide to complete the full program by paying for each workshop individually, they have two years from the time that they enroll in their first course to complete the entire program (note that the bundle discount does not apply to this option).

Please note that coupons and workshop passes do not apply to this offering.

Individual Course Transfer Requests

  • Participants enrolled may request to transfer to a later offering of the same workshop/course before the end of week 1 of the course. After the end of week 1, transfer requests will be charged an administrative fee of $350. This request cannot be made more than once.
  • Transfer requests made after the course has ended will not be granted. Participants who do not successfully complete the course will have to re-take the course, which includes re-registering at the normal price. No refunds will be given.

Note that transferring to a later course entails re-submitting all work and participating in all weeks of the course, partial credits will not be given for individual weeks in a course. Requesting an additional transfer after the first request will result in an administrative fee of $350 (this request cannot be made more than once).