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Instructional designers today have a tremendous number of tools and resources available to them to create highly engaging courses. Social media, digital video, and freely available online instructional resources and applications connect and engage people in new, and exciting ways. When creating online learning experiences, instructional designers integrate and infuse these digital tools and digital content in ways that engage and connect learners to course content. 

The Instructional Design - Digital Media, New Tools and Technology Certificate is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program from the University System of Maryland - USMx and UMUC.

In this education and teacher training course, part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, you will explore the design, development, and integration of digital media to enhance the learning experience and investigate how media, emerging and mobile tools, and online applications impact technology-mediated learning environments.

Choosing instructional materials for a course may seem like a simple step, but in fact, there are many important aspects of online learning experience development that are important to consider, such as content creation, copyright and creative commons, accessibility testing, and visual and web design techniques.

Course topics include media and visual literacy, design for online and mobile environments, use and design of open educational resources, emerging technologies, and trends in technology such as mobile learning environments.

What you'll learn

  • How to design and use instructional materials to enhance online teaching and learning
  • Curriculum design techniques to develop technology-enhanced learning experiences
  • How to engage stakeholders to collaborate, design and evaluate learning experiences and programs

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Week 1: Digital Media Use and Implementation 
  • Week 2: Technology Tools: From Web 2.0 to 3.0 and Beyond 
  • Week 3: Using Open Source Digital Media, Freeware, and Shareware to Enhance Learning 
  • Week 4: Curriculum Design: Engage, Collaborate, and Demonstrate 
  • Week 5: Storyboarding: Tell Your Tale 
  • Week 6: Audio Tools and Learning Implementation 
  • Week 7: E-Learning Author Tools and Instructional Design Strategy 
  • Week 8: Video Editing Tools and Instructional Design Strategy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements


  • Basic experience in word processing and G Suite. A background in teaching, education, or professional development would be helpful but not required. 

Tuition Fee

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