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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Instructional Design Foundations and Applications by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Course

This course, Instructional Design Foundations, introduces learners to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of instructional design as well as the analysis aspect of instructional systems design in order to create an innovative instructional solution to performance problems in organizations. This particular course also introduces learners to concepts covered in the Instructional Design MasterTrack Certificate. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: ●Describe the major concepts of instructional systems design ●Describe the major learning and instructional theories ●Describe the process of instructional design and instructional design models ●Describe various analysis activities for instructional design...

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Apr 15, 2021

Very clear course, provides definitions and/or discussion of terms that at are useful for a clearer understanding of the ID process. Good continuity between topics and good use of diagrams.


Jul 4, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It is well taught and well organised. The material provided a thorough overview of the field, and the readings were particularly fascinating and helpful.

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By Rachel E

Oct 3, 2022

I found the first week incredibly dry. I had hoped for somthing more engaging from Instructional Design Experts. The pace, the text-heavy slides and the tones of presenters were not at all engaging for me. I am sorry, but I don't think I can struggle through the content, as I don't necessarily trust the ID expertise with this week 1 content delivery.


Apr 1, 2022

Please take a look at the Module 4 quiz, that quiz needs some work.

I would recommend bringing in your Instructional Designers and offering them the opportunity to teach out some of these segments. It would be more authentic and in the future, avoid the "Select all that apply" questions, they are not good or accruate options for assessment.

By Lauren C

Nov 15, 2022

I did not feel that the lectures alone really helped to communicate the information covered in the quizzes. I think this course would be much more helpful with more comprehensive charts/graphic organizers. I constantly had to go back to watch the videos to understand the sequences of different parts of the analyses covered.

By Ms. K

Feb 21, 2022

I'm sorry, but it's difficult to trust an American course about education when at least one of the instructors isn't a native speaker and has pretty poor English. I've tried watching a few videos but it's been really tough because, on top of that, the women's voices are really high pitched so quite annoying.

By Michael C

Jan 18, 2022

Majority of "instruction" in this course was the lecturers simply reading their slides. Little was added to those descriptions and I found myself focusing on writing down verbatim info from the slides so that I could score effectively on the quizzes.

By Shoohira A

Aug 29, 2023

The content is okay, but I was looking for more actionable teaching. A course on teaching that specify that after learning the learner should be able to do something, it is disappointment that there is not much actionable items in the course.

By Asmara M

Jul 16, 2020

Although the course provides relevant information, it was extremely slow and wasn't engaging. I found it hard to pay attention to just videos being played the whole time.

By Tatiana D

Nov 20, 2023

I've started a similar course on linkedin learning and it's ten times shorter and more to the point

By Anne M U

Jun 28, 2022

This course should be more project based and less quiz based.

By Priya M M

Apr 21, 2020

The assessments were really very tough .

By Cherize S

Jan 28, 2023

Videos are way too long.

By Aleda H

Sep 13, 2022

This is course need to be evaluated, tested in production before going live. The transcripts don’t match the video and have poor grammar and missing words. The peer review is pointless. Most of all I don’t feel as if I learned about ID. I learned more about the history than the topic. Also, the quizzes were an embarrassment. Most had incorrect answers when you base them on the reading and videos. The worst is Module 4 quiz. I took this multiple time with no success. Reading the comments about this quiz I can see there is a high rate of issues with this quiz. I was also shocked to see the high number of students who didn’t have resources for help. When asking other students and this quiz the response was the same amount of frustration. Many of them couldn’t pass thus failed the course. I paid for this “course” but I do feel as though I was taken for my money. How can they teach us about ID when this class shows what not to do for a company. The University of Illinois should investigate this as their name is on this course. I do feel as if the Coursera site is a scam!!

By Kenya N

May 13, 2023

I wish I could give this course zero stars. This is the absolute worse online course I have ever taken in my entire life. I took this course to get my feet wet in instruction design. I was deciding whether to transition into instruction design or UI and front-end development. The only positive thing about this course is that it has made me realize that UI and web design are where I belong. I felt dumb and incompetent taking this course. The videos are boring, monotonous talking heads. The quizzes are horrific. This course would make you not want to pursue Instructional Design which is a CRITICAL problem. Horrible course! I hated every minute I spent doing this!!!

By Maura O H

Sep 9, 2023

As a veteran teacher looking for knowledge and experience to help me make the shift from teaching to instructional design, I found this course very poorly designed! Practice what you preach- pre-assess, engage your audience, make your slides easy to read just for starters, be considerate of timing of the videos as some are way too long to keep your learner engaged. The theory is important, but the application is what is truly valuable. Connect your instruction to real world applications- posing a project from the start and walking "students" through the steps to create and the why behind the choices would have been much more effective in my opinion.

By Sean

Jul 6, 2023

This is a poorly designed course, which is hilarious considering the learning material. The worst offender of all are the multiple choice quizzes where you must select all that apply. The questions are worded awkwardly and are difficult to reference. Another sore point is how absolutely boring some of the presenters are. You'll find more cheer in a graveyard.

Next time, think about the people you're teaching to. I don't understand how this course went out as is.

By Rachel B

Oct 26, 2023

I don't recommend this course. To be honest, I haven't yet finished the course and I don't think I will. I've just started module 3, and in general I've just found the course so far to be a slog. The course is not engaging, the lecture videos are very boring and tedious. Having paid for the course, I'm disappointed that the only "grades" so far are from multiple choice quizzes and peer-reviewed assignments. I also found the quizzes were not very well-designed.

By Jess M

Jan 2, 2024

I hated everything about the course except for the few guest lectures which were the most engaging. For this being a course about ID, it was a pretty crappy example of how to do it well. I HATED the tests and that when you got a question wrong, there was no feedback to what the right answers were. The writing assignments also felt disconnected from the learning content. I would not recommend.

By Katie H

Oct 13, 2023

The instructors were very hard to follow. I had to read the transcript numerous times to understand the content. They did not emphasize important or key information making the tests extremely difficult. Many of the test questions were select all that apply. This does not seem like good practice. I have taken other curriculum development courses and I do not recommend this course.

By Mimi N

May 10, 2024

Not a very good course. The materials lacked alot of structure and sense. Quizzes didn't really match with materials. I would have liked more case materials and projects to make my time worthwhile. Presentations were so dull and boring. Repetitive and wasn't covered in the quizzes. Quizzes were unnecessarily hard. I did not enjoy this course. Would give it a zero if I could.

By Lennon B

May 30, 2022

Information was useful, but the assessments were terrible- the worst designed assessment of any course I have taken so far. As an educator myself who is heavily involved in standardized testing, you do not use "Select ALL" MCQ choices in your questions- this is ambiguous and does not promote learning. The instructors really need to work on improving this course!

By Emma H S

Apr 13, 2023

For a course on instructional design, I found this course to be very poorly designed. The lectures were not at all interactive and many of the videos seemed to be based on reading definitions off a powerpoint. I was disappointed by this because I've taken many other interesting and high-quality courses on Coursera. I would not recommend this one.

By Christin M

Mar 30, 2022

This is a course on how to do instructional design, but it really should be considered as a course on what NOT to do. Don't include long video lectures. Make your assessments match your content. This is absolutely horribly put together.

By Ronda D

Oct 22, 2023

Worst class I have taken. Excruciatingly boring except for the lady from South America and the man who talked about PM and SMEs. The quizzes were way too difficult. Why can't you make this course good like the MBA class?

By Kayla L

Mar 22, 2023

For a course teaching about instructional design, it is poorly designed. Especially from the assessments point. Content fill the requirements but not great.

By Kira C

Sep 15, 2022

The lectures are incredibly dry and difficult to sustain interest. I find it ironic that a course on design and instruction could be so unengaging.