• Application Deadline
  • 56 days
  • English


Technology, digital media and mobile access have changed how people learn. Today’s students want to be engaged and self-directed with digital content, available anytime, anywhere. This is a challenge for instructional designers as they create online learning experiences.

The Instructional Design and Technology - Learning Theories course is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program from the University of Maryland University College - UMUCx.  

As an instructional designer, it’s critical to understand emerging learning theories including Bloom’s taxonomy and constructivism and how they relate to the way people learn in our digitally connected world. This course, which is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program, explores the evolution of learning theories from traditional Socratic methods to emerging learning sciences. Additionally, you will explore curriculum design models using performance-based assessments to create effective and engaging learning experiences.

What you'll learn:

  • To apply learning theories and their impact in the design of online learning
  • Technology’s role in the teaching and learning process
  • Curriculum design and how to apply Bloom’s taxonomy to engage students in the learning process
  • To write effective performance assessments and scoring rubrics

After a solid foundation of how people learn today, you will explore technology’s role in supporting and enhancing the teaching and learning process.

Previous background in teaching or professional development is a plus, but not required. Join us and launch your career as an instructional designer.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Your Learning Environment
  • Learning Theory: Behaviorism
  • Learning Theory: Constructivism
  • Learning Theory: Cognitivism & Connectivism
  • Learning Theory: Andragogy
  • Complex Learning Theories: Authentic Assessment, Experiential Learning & Project Based Learning


  • Randy Hansen - Professor and Program Chair, Learning Design and Technology

  • Dr. Edward O'Neill - Associate Professor, Learning Design and Technology

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic 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

  • International Applies to you

    199 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 199 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • National Applies to you

    199 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 199 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
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