What you will learn
- Understand contemporary learning theories to develop online learning experiences
- Apply instructional design models to the development of online learning experiences
- Select, evaluate or design digital media to support learning
- Identify, evaluate, and integrate emerging technologies to support online learning
- Design an implementation process for online learning experiences
- Apply data mining techniques to the design and evaluation of learning experiences
Engage and inspire students through technology.
Learn how to create enhanced learning opportunities using the latest tools and techniques to connect with today’s digital-first students.
Our unique approach to instructional design focuses on understanding learning theory, blending traditional instructional design models with rapid prototyping and data analytics to create online courses. You will gain hands-on experience developing and publishing online courses using the edX platform.
This Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program will provide the knowledge and skills needed to capitalize on one of the fastest growing areas of education – online teaching and learning. This program will prepare you to create engaging and active learning, using digital pedagogy, emerging technologies and data analytics.
Through this program you will learn how to design captivating learning experiences for students who want mobile learning opportunities that are collaborative and accessible, while advancing your knowledge of educational theory.
Courses in this program
UMGC and USMx's Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters® Program
- 8–10 hours per week, for 8 weeks
Develop your Instructional Design & Technology MicroMasters capstone project while you learn course evaluation models to assess the impact of design on the learning environment.
What is a MicroMasters Program?
MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.
How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all four MicroMasters program courses.
From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.
Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate are eligible to transition into the Master’s program in Learning Design & Technology at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). This program is fully online. Students will need to complete the application process to UMGC and meet all admission requirements for The Graduate School. For more information visit: https://www.umgc.edu/admissions/admission-requirements/graduate-admissions.cfm.
The Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program certificate will count for 12 credits toward the full Master’s degree (36 credits are required for graduation with the MS in Learning Design and Technology degree).
- "90 percent of academic leaders believe that it is ‘Likely’ or ‘Very Likely’ that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course in 5 years’ time” (source: According to Grade Change: Tracking Online Education)
- Career prospects for people with similar training include instructional software designer, instructional technologist, learning systems designer, educational technologist (source: Monster.com)
- Instructional design and technology jobs are projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024 (source: BLS National Occupation Outlook)
Meet your instructor
Experts from UMGC, USMx committed to teaching online learning
Today’s students seek online courses that leverage digital media to create highly engaging and personalized learning experiences. The Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program helps participants blend learning theory, emerging technologies, and data analytics to create these types of courses, and individuals completing this program of study will be prepared to help schools and organizations create the engaging online learning experiences students need for success beyond the classroom.
- No. To earn the MicroMasters program certificate you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all four Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the comprehensive final capstone project. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.
- Yes. If you are interested in the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the four Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program courses (LDT100x, LDT200x, LDT300x, & LDT400x) as well as successfully pass the final capstone project review.
- Yes. You need to be admitted to the Master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. The Learner will need to complete the application process to UMGC and meet all entrance requirements for The Graduate School. For more information visit: https://www.umgc.edu/admissions/admission-requirements/graduate-admissions.cfm
- You will receive an individual verified certificate for each Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing all four Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.
- Yes, though it is not recommended. The program content and course projects are sequential, allowing the learner to build on subsequent work. Completing the listed prerequisite courses is essential in order to be successful in the course work. The final capstone course builds on the first three courses in the program. It is highly recommended that you complete these three prerequisites prior to enrolling the final class, LDT 400x Course Evaluation and Capstone Project.
- Students must achieve a grade of 80% or higher for a passing grade in each of the four learning design courses in the MicroMasters program.
- The Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program is designed for individuals who want to develop theoretical and technical competencies required to design online learning experiences.
- Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.
- To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.