Programs and Courses for the Instructional Designer

The OLC Institute for Professional Development offers a variety of online courses and programs for instructional designers that can help you develop and advance your instructional design and course development skills in the online environment.

List of programs and courses:

Instructional Designer Certificate Program 
Instructional Design Mastery Series 
Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization 
Research Methods for the Instructional Design Community
Project Management for the Instructional Designer
Neuro, Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Part II: Applying Theory to Practice

Instructional Design-Themed Programs:

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE PROGRAMThe Instructional Designer Certificate Program 
The goal of the Instructional Designer Certificate Program is to help instructional designers build or refine their skills in working with faculty during the course design and development process. Throughout the four 4-week courses, you will learn strategies and gain resources for guiding faculty through the course design/development process, analyze learning/instructional theories and instructional methods, assess needs for online course resources, identify ways to stay current with emerging best practices, and become qualified in applying the OSCQR rubric and process.

The courses in this program can be taken together for the overall certificate, or taken as separate professional development offerings.

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INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN - MASTERY SERIESThe Instructional Design Mastery Series

The Instructional Design Mastery Series is a series of three workshops focusing on learning outcomes and assessment, instructional strategies, and course management and evaluation of courses that may take place in various learning environments (i.e., web-enhanced, blended, and/or online). Throughout each of the workshops, you will explore common instructional design techniques (based on relevant research) and use such strategies to help you design an effective learning unit.

This Mastery Series program is aimed at eLearning professionals who wish to learn how to effective redesign an online course, or those who teach/assist faculty in designing online courses.

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If you are unsure which program is right for you, read more about the differences between the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and the Instructional Designer Mastery Series.

Instructional Design-Themed Courses:

Data Visualization - Storytelling with Data - Infographics-01Storytelling with Data: An Introduction to Data Visualization
Presenting data visually enables us not only to explore and identify patterns in the data, but also to analyze and make sense of those patterns and communicate our findings.  This will be a hands-on, project-based course in which you will apply key data visualization strategies to various data sets to tell specific data stories using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. 

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Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community-01Research Methods for the Instructional Designer Community 
This course is geared towards the instructional designer who would like to learn more about the role of research in their profession. Throughout this 4-week course, participants will be provided with an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology along with a clear understanding of ethics in research. Upon completion of this course, members of the instructional design community will be able to identify various research designs, apply sound methodology to research problems, and collaborate in research environments with knowledge of research from the unique perspective and expertise of the instructional designer.

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Project Management for Instructional DesignersProject Management for Instructional Designers  

Project management competencies are essential for instructional designers to effectively contribute to project success and, even more imperatively, to provide leadership throughout the process. This course provides instructional design community members with an introduction to the lifecycle of a project, spanning project initiation to closing/evaluation, as well as key knowledge areas necessary to successfully achieve project outcomes within the context of a team. Upon completion of this course, participants will have developed key competencies embodied in the project management knowledge areas by exploring practices, tools, and techniques associated with each area. Additionally, participants will be able to apply relevant project management methodologies that can be tailored to meet the needs of a variety of projects.

While this course is targeted towards instructional designers, it is relevant to anyone working in eLearning who manages or contributes to projects in the field of online learning.

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Neuro Cognitive & Learning SciencesApplying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design

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.

This course is aimed at the instructional designer or those involved in course development who are interested in applying the learning sciences to instructional design.

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Still not sure which program is right for you? Contact institute@onlinelearning-c.org and one of our staff members will help you choose.