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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 Zeinab M

Oct 21, 2020

Nice course with comprehensive details on instructional design

By Keena P

Jun 8, 2020

Very challenging but I would highly recommend this course!

By Deleted A

Jul 15, 2021

at some point delivery was not easy to understand

By Maricar Y C

May 16, 2020

Great start to Instructional Designing career!

By Adam F

Sep 15, 2022

Great course! Could be more practical though

By Amanda K

Sep 4, 2020

Good overall, for a Foundations Course!

By Diana L

Aug 12, 2022

Very good foundation and layout.

By Venkatachaliah K

Dec 16, 2021

Good foundational course

By Nguyễn T T

Jan 23, 2022

very good

By Benjamin W

Apr 29, 2021

The course content material was very practical in that it allowed me to look at my subject matter and determine how I can actually design a course. The instructors were very knowledgeable, however, Mr. Huang was hard to follow at times. Teaching online is a very different environment from face-to-face. More dynamics and energy is needed to keep the learner's attention. I may suggest that more enthusiasm be generated when speaking in front of the camera. All other instructors were great. They came across the platform with much enthusiasm, practical knowledge, and most of all, experience in dealing with the course content was unveiled. With respect to peer reviews, I understand that online learners need to get involved by discussions, however, to have a peer review an assignment and base a final grade from a peer review is quite disturbing. I understand the large volume of students in the online environment, however, it is the instructor who should review the assignments and offer the grade. This course would benefit if there were a question and answering component that involved the instructors. I had questions regarding a module, but did not know who to contact to engage in a conversation. Yes, the discussion forums are present, but those were not avail. The discussion forums tend to lose value as no one is actually monitoring the discussions. I ask that the team review the discussion forums and devise a plan to actually review and respond to the learners. Thank you.

By Kevin L

May 16, 2021

The course had too much information for me to recall. Waiting for a peer to become available to review my assignment was also a time consuming process. The course is very thorough indeed, and whomever takes it will gain a deep understanding of the principles and basis of I.D. Be prepared to watch many videos, and be prepared for rigorous formative assessments. It is my belief that Week 4's summative assessment's question 5 is problematic, as many students have indicated. It really needs re-thinking, as I had to take the test more than 10 times just for the sake of that one question that I needed to get over the 80% pass threshold. In retrospect, am I happy about paying the $60 -odd Dollars to complete this certificated course, with the the name 'University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign' attached, and did I learn a lot? Yes. The value and knowledge gain was very good.

By Daniels K

Oct 6, 2022

This course surely is a "Foundation of Instructional Design".

Course only looks at the first portion of Instructional Design process, which is "Analysis". Information provided is quite basic and people already working in Instructional Design or L&D, might struggle to find new information for them.

My bain with this course were weekly tests. They are in urgent need of revision, since a lot of the time there is an unclear expectation from learner - whether we should simply recite information from video lectures or actually apply critical thinking and answer the question logically.

On one of the tests Coursera provided a "helpful" tip stating that 86% of learners fail said test on the 1st attempt. Not sure about everyone else, but to me this signals bad test design and suggests certain issues with the way information is provided.

By Josh P

Jan 7, 2021

The reason why I don't give this course a 4 or 5 star review is because it seems the administrators/facilitators of this course haven't looked into and changed the issues that learners are identifying in the discussion forum with Week 4 quiz- particularly questions #3 and #5. Either the wrong answers were mistakenly checked as correct answers in the quiz builder, or the content does not line up correctly with the questions, because there are inconsistencies with the content and those quiz questions. I spent several hours re-attempting this quiz and became very confused with the content and also very frustrated. In the end, I had to search in the discussion forum for the correct answers that someone kindly provided, or else I would've spent multiple additional days re-taking this quiz until I passed by luck.

By Brenden L

Dec 7, 2022

Great topic and subject matter, but the quizzes were overly complex. The entire course would have been much better if the transcripts for the spoken video portions were broken down into sections with headings, and available as clearly formatted pdf files so they could be read and studied like normal course materials. Trying to "take notes" from the long block of text the the speaker text consisted of was frustrating. Its sad to see all of the negative comments this course earned, because the variety of speakers and the obvious knowledge of the speakers and presenters was impressive. Many of the visuals in the presentations were excellent, but they were only onscreen for a few seconds. Having those as images embedded in a master text for this course would have been most helpful.

By Jerry P

Feb 25, 2022

It was an informative class. I learned a lot/brushed up on a lot of information. The only problem I had was the setup does not match what they are teaching you. The majority of things are multiple choice or click all the right answers and there is no guidance if you get things wrong nor partial credit. There were two projects which aligned more with my learning style. The other things are however the majority of the course. I would suggest giving an either or option. Also, the answers to the quizzes do not directly match what was said in the videos so you have to sit and guess what they mean some times.

By Jonathan F

Mar 5, 2022

This course has a lot of important information, but considering it is about instructional design, you would think the course would be superior. In reality, the course material is nothing more than a series of videos and readings. In additoin, I found the Quizes at the end of each unit to be maddening. For one quiz (unit 3) Coursera stated that 87% of the learners who took the quiz did not pass (with an 80%) on the first try. That tells you that there is a disconnect between how the material is being taught and how the learners are being assessed.

By Ana C

Apr 19, 2021

I enjoyed the course as a starting point, although some of the content seemed ambiguous and/or not clear which resulted in confusion when completing assignments. The assignments should be reviewed to match what the slides and lectures stated exactly. Also, I felt the need for slides with clear concept definitions and summaries at the end of each video. Videos could be a bit more lively as well to increase engagement. More practical examples would enrich the course even more. Overall, it was a good course for those looking for a starting point.

By Judy O

Feb 19, 2021

As a first time participant to both the institution and the course material I believe that the duration of course should be extended to 6 weeks. The course content was presented in a clear and precise manner by all lecturers however sometimes it was difficult to fully understand what they were trying to say.

In terms of examination result I would suggest that answers be given upon fully completing of the course. In this way the participants would have a better appreciation as to why some of the answers were incorrect

By Katrina H

Apr 6, 2024

Good foundational course. I gained much knowledge regarding the history of I.D. and the theories that underpin it. The peer review method was frustrating, as I had points deducted with no relevant feedback provided as to why. Formative quizzes contained some information that was not covered in Module(s), and one of the speakers delivered information in a monotone voice that was excruciatingly difficult to listen to. In my opinion, learners would benefit from more hands-on project work graded by actual instructors.

By Nora-Lee W

Mar 16, 2022

Useful information, providing concepts, processes, and resources that are relevant. However, for a course on instructional design, it is not very innovative or engaging. This may be a constraint of Coursera format requirements or MOOCs in general but the over-reliance on videos is disappointing and the timeframes for required reading s (10 minutes in week 2, for instance) are somtimes way off. It would have been really valuable to experience great instructional design while learning about its theory.

By Maria Y

Feb 26, 2021

This course delivers what it states - it gives you the basics of Instructional Design theories. But does it inspire you? No. Does it make you want to dive into the exciting waters of instructional design? No. Does it get you bored to death? Yes. Does it make you the happiest person in the world when it is finally over? Yes, it does! Nobody takes such seriously sounding course to have fun, yet, I believe, people who are experts in writing instructions should be more inspirational and learner oriented.

By Alex D

Oct 31, 2022

There is a distinct feeling of abandonment around this course. There is an item in Week 3 where the same video content has been added twice. The forums indicate that this problem has been pointed out over a year ago and still hasn't been addressed. The content is pretty good, although the quizzes aren't the best organized relative to the content. It also fails to give a good overview of the entire process of Instructional Design, instead focusing on the Analysis phase of a project exclusively.

By Canan M K K

Jun 4, 2021

Thank you for this content. I gave three starts because I believe the course is very theory driven with very very little number of examples provided from real life. Either at each step or overall at the end; some real-life examples and case studies would be very helpful. Also; I wish the training itself followed the suggestions it is providing. I believe it could have been a much more engaging and interactive training with right balance of theory, examples and application.

By Claire W

Jul 7, 2020

After finishing it I feel that as a standalone course it really doesn't cover enough content to be a benefit. It doesn't finish at a natural pause in topics, but rather feels as if it ends while you are still partway through. As it is part of a mastertrack certificate, I guess it really only makes sense to do the course if you are planning to complete the whole certificate.

By Stephanie R

Jun 7, 2022

This course has some helpful content! I would have liked it to be a bit more interactive and had more assignments rather than the very long and rather complex quizzes. Overall, I feel like I have learned more about client and needs analysis and using my understanding of different learning and cognitive styles to design beneficial and inclusive courses.