EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Online Course - 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Nicholle Stone
The January session is filled.
Summer: May 1 – June 23, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

Register early to reserve a spot as this course fills very quickly.

Who Should Enroll

This instructional design online course is open to students seeking professional development, continuing education or license/certification renewal and is also one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Participants may include

  • health educators pursuing a career in educational or service settings in hospitals, dental programs, clinics, long-term care facilities, retirement/assisted living facilities, in-home healthcare or other professionals who deliver instruction or continuing education to health professionals including computer-based learning;
  • continuing education and outreach facilitators in museums, government, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations and military settings;
  • web developers, software designers and computer support personnel who develop reference materials, documentation, and customer support tutorials;
  • instructional designers for textbook or e-learning companies;
  • virtual high school teachers, curriculum coordinators,  professional development coordinators, and continuing education professionals who want to update or expand their knowledge in curriculum development, assessment, and revitalize their teaching and learning strategies;
  • instructional/educational technologists who support educators in redesigning courses.

What You Will Learn

This is an 8-week online instructional design course which provides an introduction to learning theory, instructional design models, and the instructional design and development process. You will study variables that affect adult learning, techniques for stimulating and sustaining learner motivation, and how to reinforce learning. Whether you are in health care, education, business, software development or any other industry, this online course will help you to analyze, design, and develop instruction.

NOTE: Throughout the instructional design certificate courses you will create portfolio quality products. For this course, you will create a course design document and develop a unit or module of instruction.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, if you are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Master of Science in Education degree program and enrolled in a minimum of five (5) credits.
NOTE: Tuition for students enrolled in a Masters degree program at UW-Stout will be billed at the degree program credit hour rate.

Textbook to Purchase

Purchase the following paperback used from or another online book source.

Mager, Robert F. Preparing instructional objectives: A critical tool in the development of effective instruction (3rd ed.). Center for Effective Performance.
ISBN: 978-1879618039

You will be provided a second book as an e-textbook. When you login to the course, you will access the e-textbook to read online from your tablet, laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader. 

If you prefer to read a hard copy instead of via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book used or new from an online book source such as or the publisher.

Morrison, R. G., Ross, M. S., Kalman, H.K., & Kemp, E. J. (2013). Designing effective instruction (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
ISBN: 978-1118359990

Additional recommended web-based articles will be available via the course modules.

What Does an Instructional Designer Do?

Instructional Design Jobs

Interviews with...
Instructional designers: Cammy Bean, Christy Tucker, and Clark Quinn

"... completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
~ from Complete College of America, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the instructional design course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze processes of designing instruction and summarize the components of instructional design models.
  2. Compare and analyze several models for instructional design.
  3. Apply motivation theory to the instructional design process.
  4. Apply and summarize adult learning theories.
  5. Compare learning theories and create a learning philosophy.
  6. Research and analyze components needed to conduct a front-end analysis for an instructional product and explain variables linked to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  7. Apply research-based design model(s) to an instructional problem.

No travel to campus required. Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; this is not a self-paced class.


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The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

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Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693
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School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693

What Our Students Say...

"This course not only helped me internalize the theoretical foundations of Instructional Design but enabled me to speak the language of the profession, which made all the difference at my job interview. Ultimately, this program provided the launchpad for my career as an Instructional Designer."
~ Gini Gorlinski, Arts and Culture Editor at Britannica

"I am inspired! Then there is the part about the instructor as a person that I enjoyed... his sense of humor, attentiveness, and encouragement throughout our learning. This combination of good things made my experience of taking EDUC 765 valuable and even enjoyable."
~ Julie Zaloudek Program Director, Human Development and Family Studies



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