Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design

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

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This course provides instructional designers and eLearning professionals with an introduction to the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences and how they can be applied to instructional design. Throughout the course, participants will discuss the connection between instructional design and cognitive load, and explore strategies for aligning course content, activities, and assignments with principles from the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences. Participants will also examine methods for applying theory to practice, including formative and summative assessment, multi-modality feedback, metacognitive skills, and real-world transfer. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have redesigned a current or planned course, workshop, or program using the principles of the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences learned in each week of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Critique instructional design theories
  • Explain the connection between attention, memory, and learning
  • Differentiate between extraneous, intrinsic, and germane cognitive load
  • Develop innovative course content, engaging activities, diverse assessments, multi-modality feedback, and effective evaluation
  • Apply neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences-based practices to instructional design


  • At least one year of experience in supporting online course design and development in an instructional design capacity
  • Participants must have a current or planned course/workshop/program to redesign as part of the final course project

What are the key takeaways from this course?

  • A redesigned unit/course/program using principles from the neuro, cognitive, and learning sciences
  • Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation feedback on your redesigned unit/course/program
  • Practical strategies for incorporating evidence-based practices into instructional design

Who should take this course?

  • Instructional designers interested in applying the learning sciences to instructional design
  • Instructors or subject matter experts involved in course development and/or instructional design related tasks
  • Professional development administrators involved in course development and/or instructional design related tasks

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.