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Instructional Design Program Track

Discover professional development opportunities for instructional design.

Instructional Design at UC San Diego

Instructional design is a systemic approach to create content for effective learning. This program track will assist those that have been tasked with developing learning experiences to understand what is instructional design, the common methodologies used (ADDIE), how to design instructor-led training, how to develop elearning content, and much more!

Employees throughout UC San Diego engage in instructional design with varying degrees of experience in the topic. The Instructional Design Program Track is significant for employees looking to gain or improve on their instructional design skills to perform their job duties more effectively as subject-matter experts in their respective areas.

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Resource Description Modality What to Expect
What is Instructional Design? | ATD A brief explainer of the Instructional Design discipline.  Article beginner hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
All About ADDIE | ATD Learn the basics of ADDIE: a commonly used Instructional Design model.  Article beginner  hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Instructional Design Models Instructional Design Models help make sense of abstract learning theories, enable real-world applications, and explain the processes involved in ID. In this video, you'll learn about the steps and processes followed in the three major ID models - ADDIE, AGILE, and SAM.  Percipio beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Professional in Human Resources: Learning

In this course, you'll explore the different methodologies, embrace the process, and understand HR's role in helping to develop people. 

Includes additional content beyond Instructional design 

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Action Mapping: A Visual Approach to Training Design Action mapping is a streamlined process to design training in the business world. It's a mashup of performance consulting and backward design, with a focus on real-world behaviors rather than assessment questions.  Article beginner  hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Guide for Inclusive Facilitation Design - ID Checklist Use this guide to help you develop more inclusive learning experiences. Coming soon! Job Aid beginner online hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
Universal Design for Learning The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn.  Article beginner  hourglass for activity finished within a few hours
ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development (Full Book) 

Authored by world class training and development authorities, this handbook examines the process of developing employees: assessment, design, development, implementation, evaluation-and explores how to best manage the learning and performance function.

eBook (Percipio) beginneronline 
ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development (Summary) 

A summary of the complete guide to everything you need to know about training and development. 

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The Accidental Instructional Designer (2014)

Filled with the author's personal insights and tips, this practical guide covers nearly every aspect of the e-learning design process, including understanding instructional design, creating scenarios, building interactivity, designing visuals, and working with SMEs. 

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E-Learning Fundamentals (2015) Featuring vignettes that bring concepts to life as well as checklists and practical tools for designing and developing your first e-learning course, this guide provides the base of knowledge necessary to tackle everything from early concepts of e-learning down to its execution. eBook (Percipio) beginner online 

Gartner Resources for All Staff

(Learning and Development - Login Required)

All UC employees can access free online leadership, management and employee resources through UC’s subscription to Gartner. Gartner is a leading research and advisory company that provides insights, best practices and tools to help individuals and organizations grow and achieve strategic priorities. 

Note: We recommend exploring other resources in this section for additional context for these Gartner resources.

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Build Skills

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Designing Workplace Training This course covers the instructional design process with a focus on the ADDIE methodology. Coming soon! ILT Course beginner in-person resource 
eCourse Development Tools This course dives into the ecourse development process, focusing on development tools such as Articulate 360 and TechSmith Camtasia. Coming Soon! ITL Course

intermediate-level in-person resource 

ATD Instructional Design Certificate Course In this Instructional Design Certificate course, you'll gain access to all the approaches, design models, and tools you need to create impactful learning events. The program consists of 10 modules that address all aspects of the instructional design process in detail: assessing organizational needs, designing the learning experience, developing materials, and evaluating effectiveness—giving you a complete playbook for how to create training programs.  Course

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ATD E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Course This course covers the entire instructional design process from start to finish and shows you how to apply that process to e-learning projects.  Course

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ATD Training & Facilitation Certificate Course This training certificate course covers the entire end-to-end training cycle, including planning and preparing a training event, managing the learning environment and engaging participants in the classroom, and following up post-event to continue to support learning.    Course

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Accessibility in the Classroom The courses in this bundle provide an overview of accessibility consideration for the classroom environment.  eCourse Bundle (x4) beginner
UC San Diego Learning Community of Practice Collaborate and learn along with other UC San Diego trainers, designers, and subject-matter experts that are developing and facilitating learning experience for the UC San Diego community.   MS Teams Channel beginneronline

Beyond

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UC San Diego Extension - Teaching Adult Learners

The program is designed to prepare you to work with groups of adult learners in diverse and challenging environments. Whether you work in an educational or corporate setting, understanding how to teach and train adults can build effective management skills, make your classrooms much more effective and engaging, and ultimately advance your career to new levels of success. 

Fee: $3,200

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ATD Master Instructional Designer Certification

This program covers the entire process of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning programs across all modalities (face-to-face, e-learning, virtual, or a blend). Explore new design models and techniques, evaluate real-world projects, and work with expert facilitators in this eight-week blended program. 

Fee: $3,055

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USD Masters Degree in Learning Design & Technology

The program is designed to prepare you to work with groups of adult learners in diverse and challenging environments. Whether you work in an educational or corporate setting, understanding how to teach and train adults can build effective management skills, make your classrooms much more effective and engaging, and ultimately advance your career to new levels of success. 

Fee: Contact USD for current fees

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SDSU Masters Degree in Learning Design & Technology

The Master of Arts degree in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) enables students to prepare for careers as e-learning practitioners, instructional designers, corporate trainers, performance technologists, and technology coordinators. 

Fee: Contact SDSU for current fees

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SDSU Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design

This certificate is for learning professionals who want to hone their instructional design, facilitation, consultation, or project management skills. Students who complete this program go on to take the lead in conceptualizing and producing a wide variety of learning interventions, from self-paced “overview” tutorials to complex electronic performance systems to podcasts and vodcasts.  

Fee: Contact SDSU for current fees

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intermediate-level Intermediate - this resource is most helpful for learners with a brief understanding of the topic
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