Learning Design & Technology

Villanova University

How long?

  • 8 weeks
  • online

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Villanova University


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About the course

Online learning and technology has been a growing, rapidly changing environment for many years, but it has never been as critically important as it is today. From K-12 classrooms, to colleges and universities, to business and government sectors, the seamless and effective use of technology has enabled work and life to successfully continue on despite a global pandemic. Online learning only promises to expand as enhanced technology makes it possible to provide effective instruction through distance learning and the demand for Instructional Design professionals will accelerate along with it.

The 100% online professional certificate (non-credit) in Learning Design & Technology (LDT) provides students with in-demand knowledge and skills in instructional design to advance within their fields or pursue a career as an Instructional Designer/Learning Experience Designer. Focused on the online learning environment, the program utilizes current and emerging technologies to meet education and training goals in higher education, K-12, business, or government. Students will experience a complete immersion in the art and science of instructional design (ID) and online learning. Students will gain the essentials of designing and delivering effective learning experiences grounded in research-based principles. Students will be able to create engaging and active learning experiences and develop courses and programs applying learning pedagogy and integrating emerging technologies.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of instructional design principles, methods and techniques.
  • Apply instructional design theories to the design, development, and implementation of the learning experience in diverse settings, with a focus on the online environment.
  • Design, build and implement rich and interactive online courses and programs.
  • Identify, evaluate and integrate technologies and media into effective instructional and learning design plans.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional design process and product and devise solutions to maximize learning outcomes.

The program consists of three courses and students can choose to take one, two or all three. Students who complete a single course will receive a course certificate and students who complete all three courses will earn a program certificate.

COURSE 1: Learning Design & Online Learning Pedagogy

This course introduces learners to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of learning design. It explores the history of learning design, learning design models, and foundational theories and principles of adult learning and online learning. This course also introduces the fundamentals of designing high quality online learning experiences by considering course alignment, learning outcomes, engaging online activities and assessment. Students will learn effective online teaching practices and the relationship to the use of technology.

COURSE 2: Instructional Design Tools

In this course, students will explore the role of technology in education and examine various instructional technologies and media used in the eLearning environment. Students will learn how to apply technology integration models in selection, design, and development of instructional technologies and media to achieve learning outcomes and promote learning experience. Further, students will develop skills in utilizing technology to enhance communication and collaboration in consideration of learning equity.

COURSE 3: Instructional Design Assessment & Evaluation

Program and course evaluation is one of the key steps in determining the effectiveness of teaching and continuous improvement of the learning experience. In this course, students will explore various evaluation models, principles, and practices employed conducting Instructional Design evaluation. Throughout the course, students will also evaluate and measure the entire instructional design process within various contexts to determine the accomplishment of learning outcomes.


Andy-Guoqiang Cui

Dr. Cui received his PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on effective online learning; specifically, developing online community of inquiry, online engagement, online students' learning experiences. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE August 2017- Now Associa...

Ankit Desai

Experience Villanova University Director - Learning Technologies, Instructional Technology Jul 2018 – Assistant Director - Learning Technologies, Instructional Technology Oct 2016 – Jul 2018 Manager - Multimedia Services, Instructional Technology Aug 2013 – Oct 2016 Multimedia Production Spec...

Learning Design & Technology at Villanova University

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