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Instructional Design for Active Learning in 21st Century Education

Learn to design contemporary course curricula to keep learners engaged and motivated, with this free online course.

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What are the effective principles that promote active learning in students in the 21st century? With this pedagogical course, you will learn to use best practices to interact with students to keep them productive and inspired. It will introduce you to the Addie model (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) and how to use it to develop relevant and practical course learning outcomes.
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This course - Instructional Design for Active Learning in 21st Century Education - encourages every teacher to develop course curricula to keep learners stimulated and responsive. It begins by introducing the concept of ‘active learning’ and explains how to develop a pedagogical program that stimulates active learning, including learner analysis or the assessment of entry skills, attitude, motivation and abilities of the student.

Next, the course describes ‘instructional analysis’ as a set of procedures that, when applied to an instructional goal, results in the identification of the relevant steps for performing a goal and the subordinate skills required for a student to achieve that goal. It explains Addie (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) as a traditional and systematic instructional design model that is used across many industries.

Finally, the course unpacks the need for constructive alignment, the process where all the components in the teaching system, from inception to completion, are aligned to each other to facilitate the achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Enrol in this course today and learn how to effectively develop and implement high-quality course curricula that produce job-ready students.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the active learning process
  • Identify different instructional design model types
  • Describe the Addie model structure and its application
  • Define outcome-based education or OBE
  • Explain the meaning of 'outcome'
  • Discuss the uses of the outcome-based educational pyramid


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