EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Tuition and Registration
Fall: August 24 - October 16, 2015


Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.

This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching.

NOTE: You may enroll in this individual course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer to another university.


A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your 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.

Smith, Robin M. Conquering the content: A step-by-step guide to online course design, First Edition (2008). Jossey Bass. ISBN-13: 978-0787994426

If you prefer to read a new or used paperback copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate exemplary models of course design (blended and fully online) using case studies and actual courses.

  2. Demonstrate skills as the architect of e-learning experiences and establish strategies for building a design team.

  3. Understand how online students differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of students, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.

  4. Apply instructional design theory and research, universal design, usability concepts, and analyze learning styles in the development of e-learning activities.

  5. Integrate multimedia, learning objects, social networking concepts, and synchronous technologies in the design of course content and activities.

  6. Design an e-learning unit/module based on quality online course design principles.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:

Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure(WI DPI) 1, 3, 4, 9
International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, NETS-T II and III

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. Optional "live" chats are scheduled and recorded for those who are unable to login.


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Our Students Say. . .

"Instructional Design for Online Learning is a great model for anyone who is considering online or hybrid instruction. It is very well structured and facilitated, the content is engaging, and it encourages communication among students – all, I believe, key criteria for a quality online course."
~ Margie Konik, Health Information Technology, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Stanley, Wisconsin

"One of the aspects that I discovered as valuable, was the knowledge that the instructor was in my corner. She desired for me to be successful, and she incorporated the resources I needed to make this happen. … Through taking this course, I have become increasingly aware of the human component. I see more clearly the value of increased appropriate instructor presence on the discussion board."
~ Traci Skog, Graduate Student
Baldwin, Wisconsin


"I only wish that I had had something like this at the beginning of my venture into online teaching. This course showed me some really helpful tools and strategies that we can use to improve how we work and evaluate our courses... Anyone who is teaching online or thinking about teaching online should take this course."
~ Ginnie Fleming, Online Instructor Grades 4-6
West Chester, Pennsylvania


"The instructor is highly knowledgeable and provided quick, personalized feedback. I came away from this class with highly applicable skills which will greatly enhance my work as an instructional designer and online instructor."
~ Karen Franker, Instructional Designer and Online Instructor
Madison, Wisconsin

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