Learning Design Foundation Certificate
Are you considering a career in e-learning? Would you like to be able to design and develop digital and online learning for a range of learning contexts, including university courses and corporate training?
This exciting new course covers the knowledge and skills you will need to apply for an instructional designer or e-learning developer role. Or perhaps you’d prefer to go freelance and work from home? The course is ideal for you too.
Structured around core components of the learning design process, you will explore the strategies and technologies needed to create engaging online and blended learning programmes across a range of contexts. You will be guided through the process of building a professional portfolio and toolkit at no additional cost.
Introduction to learning design and technology
- What is learning design?
- The journey to online learning
- E-learning and edtech since the millennium
- Common terminology
- Employers and professional contexts
- Skills and qualifications
- Building a portfolio and profile
- Professional networks
- ADDIE, Agile and SAM
- Project management methods
- Project management tools
- Stakeholder mapping
- Project management concepts and processes
The learning environment
- Working in different contexts
- Working with subject matter experts
- Understanding learners
- Learning technologies
- Mapping tools and activities
- The learning gap
- Analysing project and learning needs
- Conducting a learning needs analysis
- Aims, objectives and outcomes
Concluding the analysis phase
- Preparing the instructional design document
- What is pedagogy? What is andragogy?
- How do people learn?
- Attitudes and mindsets
- Backward design and design thinking
- Taxonomies for learning
- Types of learning activity
- Developing a structure
- Transformation and enhancement
- Content strategies
- Communicating concepts
- Activity design
- Assessment and quiz design
- Design for privacy
- Accessibility and inclusivity
- Seeking feedback and pitching your design
- VLE tools
- Slide-based e-learning tools
- Other free and premium tools
- Web development
- Videos, screencasts, and podcasts
- Illustrations, infographics and animations
- VR, AR and immersive environments
- Managing assets
Standards and legal compliance
- Data protection and privacy
- Open education resources and licensing
- Content review
PLUS: virtual tutorials
- Facilitating delivery
- Evaluating learning
- Project conclusion
- Critical practice
- Self evaluation
- Portfolio review
A practice assessment is available before the final assessment, which is made up of multiple choice questions.
The questions align with the learning objectives and will assess the learner’s understanding of key terms and concepts and their ability to apply that knowledge to common contexts and scenarios.
The course is self-paced with a range of activities and content including:
- virtual tutorials (1-1 or team) and webinars
- interactive tasks and quizzes
- reading materials and videos
- reflective activities
- portfolio challenges and advice
- worksheets and job aids
- forum discussions and links to professional networks
Current students are also entitled to associate membership of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) for the duration of the course.
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Not sure if this is the right course for you? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
If you want to know more about careers in the e-learning industry, such as instructional designer, learning technologist, or e-learning developer roles, you might find the following useful:
- Instinct – recruitment agency for e-learning professionals. Explore some of the job descriptions.
- eLearning industry – Industry news and insights. Check out some of these articles on instructional design, to give you a flavour of the role.