Instructor-Facilitated Course Details

CourseArc offers a cohort for its popular Principles of Instructional Design course. Interface with your peers to discuss concepts and practice skills as you learn the core concepts of instructional design. Whether you are new to online course development or want to understand the latest in eLearning best practices, this course will help you create effective, highly engaging learning experiences.

Principles of Instructional Design: A Roadmap for Creating Engaging eLearning Content

Course Objectives

Participants will

  • examine methodologies and practices in online instructional design projects.
  • design instructional content using evidenced-based research.
  • apply design principles to promote equitable student success.
  • produce high-quality online content.
  • construct transparent formative and summative evaluations that demonstrate learning.
Sneak Peek


Learners interested in this course may include:

  • Subject matter experts (SMEs) who want to learn about instructional design
  • Content developers new to online learning
  • Instructional designers looking for a refresher course or some new ideas


This course consists of an orientation module and five (5) instructional modules. Learners taking the course should expect to spend approximately 35 hours to complete all modules and assessments. Instructors will facilitate online discussions and provide ongoing feedback throughout the course. 

Cohort Dates

Oct 7th – Nov 15th; registration for this cohort ends Oct 11.
(Want to join at a different time? Gather a team and check out our custom cohort option!)


Registration Fee: $200 for CourseArc clients, $225 for non-clients

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Module Details for this Course

Systems and Processes

organizational workflowIn Systems and Processes you will discover how the most effective instructional designers and teams use proven methodologies and organizational structures to build efficient, effective, and appealing learning experiences.

In this module, participants will:

  • compare and contrast the ADDIE and Agile methodologies to identify advantages of using one or aspects of both in a project scenario.

  • discuss a sample course development project to identify the different roles, responsibilities, and workflow processes.

  • apply a methodology to a sample scenario to demonstrate how to organize and manage collaborative development teams.

Theory Informs Practice

online researchIn Theory Informs Practice you will explore best practices in creating an intentional outline from some of the most popular models including Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction as well as current brain research, learning assessments, and user engagement research.

In this module, participants will:

  • define each of Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to ensure high-quality instruction.

  • discuss types of online interaction to improve the student experience and increase retention.

  • redesign an existing piece of content to improve engagement and learner interaction using higher-order questioning, interactivity, and brain research.

User-Centered Design

responsive design illustrationIn User-Centered Design you will examine mobile technology and its impact on how learners access and process information. You will apply basic design theory including contrast, visual design hierarchies, consistency, and the use of visuals as you learn the roles these play in content development. Finally, you will delve into accessibility and accommodations to ensure your materials can be utilized by all learners.

In this module, participants will:

  • compare and contrast different online content to identify advantages of using a mobile-first strategy.

  • create a checklist for accessibility to ensure all students can access content.

  • redesign an existing piece of content to demonstrate an understanding of design principles, UI, images, and accessibility to improve the user experience.

Define and Develop

person working on developing an online courseIn Define and Develop you will learn about boilerplate, writing style guides and a variety of learning objects which can be implemented to target different learning modalities. You will explore how storyboards aid in the development process as you establish a method for designing resources that are reusable and learn how to manage them using naming conventions, file naming, and proper copyright procedures.

In this module, participants will:

  • generate a best practices list for designing and developing resources in an efficient and appropriate manner that displays an understanding of using images, copyright, sourcing, attribution, and design.

  • design a boilerplate for a type of content to demonstrate rapid development and consistency

  • create a storyboard for a chunk of content to illustrate the content development process.

Ongoing Evaluation

continuous evaluation illustrationIn Ongoing Evaluation you will use Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training to learn methods for assessing learners’ feelings about their experience, new knowledge acquisition, applications of their learning in practical spaces, and their overall results from participating in your course. You will discover how to seek and incorporate feedback from a variety of stakeholders and you will review alpha, beta, pilot testing, and quality assurance practices. Your focus on continuous improvement will be what keeps your content relevant over time and sets your work product apart as exceptional.

In this module, participants will:

  • create an evaluation tool to demonstrate how to use Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation in a course development project.

  • develop a formative and summative assessment to demonstrate knowledge of valid and reliable assessments, feedback, and question types.

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