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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 Rebekah E

May 27, 2022

**Did the free course so I only had access to readings, videos, and in-video questions**

This was a great course that provided a LOT of resources to do further research on my own. I especially appreciated the pre-readings because they were so in depth and well written.

The videos didn't go into major depth but I think that was because, just like most in-person university classes, you are supposed to go into them having gained some prior knowledge through the pre-readings. It was a little fast sometimes but I would just pause and rewind the video.

I have also seen a few reviews that said the course should be taught by "native english speakers" and those people will be very limited in their instructional design scope if they are only focused on "native english speakers." Go and rewatch the Diversity & Inclusion video in module 3. Also, to the lady who said in her review that the women's voices were "shrill": these women actually have pleasant tones to their voices and are usually lower-pitched than most women I talk to (myself included).

Anyways, if you are brand-spanking new to Instructional Design, I would HIGHLY recommend this course. My Mom is a retired teacher and I basically know most of the learning theory foundational knowledge that took her years and thousands of dollars to learn.

If you are a deep and strategic learner you will find this "practically-free" course will be a great starting place down your path of ID.


By Atrayee G K

May 20, 2019

This course gave me very useful insights into the world of instructional design. Although I am not an Instructional Designer, I am involved extensively in the activities of the Analysis phase to plan training programs in the organization I work with. In other terms I am a general L&D professional, and was at a career crossroad. I am now very sure that I would like to specialize in the field of Instructional Design and this course is an absolute first step in my journey.

A huge thanks to University of Illinois and Coursera for designing such insightful programs. I particularly loved the options for scholarships. Please keep doing the good work! Look forward to my next course.

All the best!

By Brittni Y

Oct 27, 2020

This course met my expectations in providing the foundational knowledge that I needed. I am used to taking traditional in-person college classes and was unsure how this course would operate online. However, I was very satisfied with this course and the various professors that led the instruction. I would suggest this course to anyone seeking a professional and structured course providing the foundational knowledge about Instructional Design. They provided several resources for learners to follow up on after the modules. As well, the quizzes and activities helped to reinforce the knowledge. Thank you for helping me to take my first step towards my career as an Instructional Designer.

By Shilpa M P

Apr 17, 2022

This is a really good foundational course as it provides good theoretical knowledge about instructional design theories, models, learning theories, learning types etc. Such a theoretical knowledge helps in setting up a concrete base. I particularly liked the course for the additional reading material it provides at the end of each module. I would appreciate it if I can get a downloadable pdf list of the additional readings and the professional websites provided in this course. The assessments are very well developed and they particularly assess if the learner was keen on listening and following the videos or not. This course gives a good head start for an aspiring ISD

By Scott W

Mar 29, 2022

Very comprehensive. Challenging and very informative. Although I have been involved in Instructional Design for the past 6 years, this was the first time I had taken a course on the technical fundamentals of the process. I am confident I will be able to design better course content as a result of completing this course.

I would also like to express appreciation for the expertise and mastery of this material presented by the course instructors. Their passion and dedication to Instructional Design was very evident throughout the entire series of lectures and I have a renewed appreciation for everything the process of creating quality content requires.

By Rebecca C

Aug 31, 2021

As a former secondary English teacher, I found this information highly practical, and I wish I had taken this course prior to entering the teaching profession! It makes instructional foundations accessible and engaging. The content was so seamless and well designed, I found myself having "aha moments" about concepts that years of professional development and teacher training had not given me! After taking this course, I feel empowered as an educator, and more equipped as an aspiring instructional designer. I am so grateful for this course, and I appreciate the personable instructors! Thank you to the Coursera team, and all who made it accessible!


Sep 7, 2023

I really enjoyed this course! It provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the instructional designer role and more. I appreciated the practical examples that were both simple and effective in enhancing comprehension. Also, the detailed coverage of the Analysis phase in the ADDIE model proved to be particularly valuable. The insights into project management were also beneficial!! I am confident that this course will significantly contribute to my professional growth. I want to express my gratitude to the University of Illinois and Coursera for offering this course. Thank you!

By roopini r

Jun 12, 2022

I thank Coursera and the professors for providing me with a great learning experience. the course was well organized with insightful questions and learning activities. Although the peer review part was something new to me, my second attempt made me do well and learned to do better in it now. thanks for such a wonderful presentation and training. thank you for the valuable certificate which is motivating me a lot and feeling enthusiastic. I also thank my classmates for their peer reviews.

By Agha A u R

Mar 28, 2019

This course is very comprehensive and gave me great knowledge of instructional design. Course is well designed and really helped me understand many concepts with a very well managed way. All the quizzes, study material and lectures are very well designed and really helped he novice learners like me a solid foundation of the course. The structure of the course and breaking up of concepts into smaller modules was really helpful. Overall, I had a great time.

By Muhammad K

Feb 10, 2021

This course teaches the basic instructional design process and provide an overview of Instructional Design Field. It focuses on the initial step necessary for the instructional design strategy. By the end of this course, I am able to have a vision to continue my learning pursuit of effective online and cohort teaching goals and to make useful decisions on the upcoming skill set required in the application of Instructional Design.

By Vinod B

Oct 16, 2020

This course covers the important aspects of Instructional Design and is good for beginners to understand concepts and gain a clear insight on what the profession is all about. However, in terms of the assignments and examples it would help if a short course is prepared by learners, through examples and/or actual courses prepared by professionals to better relate with the theoretical content.

By Natalia S

Feb 17, 2021

I loved the course because it reinforces the understanding of the background of instructional design, explain concepts and theories to improve how we create training and improve adult learning processes. Now I'm able to develop a better analysis including Needs assessments, learning analysis and super important task analysis which involves the creation of learning objectives.

By Filianti

Jun 10, 2020

A very interesting course that facilitates many students to know the most important foundation of the instructional design world. The material presentation is very interesting, the instructor presents the material in a cool and easy to understand style. The task given is also very helpful in understanding the material that has been delivered. I really like this course!

By Natalie

Sep 20, 2022

This course was a great entry into the many different aspects of ID. I would definitely recommend it if you are interseted in pursuing this further whether by career or education. This course will give you a good idea if this is a good fit for you. The professors were knowledgeable and provided information in a manner accessible to those outside of the field.

By Salamullah

Jul 27, 2020

Well crafted, Perfectly planned and excellently executed Course. It was a great time being part of this course. A value addition indeed. I highly recommend this course to everyone concerned with Instructional Material Development. The content is highly effective and delivered in a contended way.

By Dalton-Jesse C

May 9, 2021

This course was awesome to learn and practice some skills. In addition, it allowed me to learn about the field, different strategies and structures, and implementation strategies to put to use in my career. This course gave me the skills to become a real instructional designer.

By Saleh R

Jun 18, 2020

As introduction to the instructional design subject It is an excellent course, i strongly recommend it for the beginners, but it is better to add new module to clarify how we should transfer from the ANALYSIS stage to the DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT stages.

By Sanaullah S

Jun 26, 2021

It is an outstanding course for those who wish to land their career in instructional design, trainings and HRD. It thoroughly covers all aspects of instructions with sufficient level of detail, reasonable level of assessments and wonderful pedagogy.

By P R U

Sep 28, 2023

An eye opener, to be terse. Learnt much in a relatively short period. Optimally designed. Perhaps discussions on more real life situations and solutions will make the course even more memorable. Great work by the whole team though.

By dinesh s

Jan 2, 2022

This course is very good for starting with the basics of Instructional Designing. To know what does ID mean, what kind of job do they need to do. It will provide all the theory/principle/models regarding the Instructional Design.

By Philip S

Apr 15, 2023

This in-depth Instructional Design Foundations and Applications course is extremely well-made, and provides its students with a realistic real-world experience that puts course knowledge and personal creativity to the test.

By Kevin L

Oct 22, 2022

Excellent course. Everything learned was very applicable in my career as a training specialist. I was able to apply learned content directly into my work the next day and refine the way that I approach teaching. Thank you!

By Samat K

Apr 12, 2022

Interesting and useful course. I liked the way many instructors were involved and presented the lectures, and some practitioners shared their expereinces.

The language is comprehensible and accessible. The tasks are tough.

By Maria C M

Feb 28, 2020

Gostei muito do curso, para quem deseja uma introdução sobre conceitos, modelos e processos é um ótimo começo. Funcionou como um verdadeiro "trampolim" para outros saberes dentro do tema. Vale a pena! Recomendo!

By Nilo S

Jul 16, 2020

I have learned a lot about instructional strategies while taking this course! I really recommend this course to teachers who are migrating to online teaching as a way to implement their lesson/course planning.