At the intersection of education and technology lies instructional design, one of today’s fastest growing career areas. As learning through social media and mobile technologies become more mainstream and demand for online training and education grows, the need for instructional designers will continue to heat up the job market. This 8-week non-credit program will provide you with an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in instructional design.
Topics covered will include:
A final capstone project will incorporate all learning objectives in a real-life design project. Guest speakers and plenty of time to conceptualize, develop, and create round out this program.
Schedule: This program is generally offered during the fall and spring semesters at the following times:
Classes may be offered online, conforming to the same schedule.
Tuition: $1599 for the full program*
* Tuition listed above is subject to change without advance notice. Online options, when available, may result in a lower overall tuition.
In-person classes are generally held at the Continuing Education Building in Research Park:
540 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
This program is entry-level, with no prerequisites. Complete the 8-week program with a grade of “Satisfactory” to successfully complete the program and earn the program badge.
This program will prepare you to do the following:
Total Hours of Instruction: 54
Gain a solid foundation for a lucrative career.
While designed as an entry-level introductory program, this program lays a solid foundation to allow you to begin transitioning to a career in instructional design. By the end of the program, students will have enough hands-on practice to understand the instructional design process from inception of an idea to completion of a project.
Learn from experts in the field.
The lead instructor provides deep insight into the nature of instructional design work, pulling from their own experiences in the field. Guest speakers round out the instruction, providing depth and breadth of content.
Begin building your professional portfolio.
Practicing each element of instructional design in context will give you deeper insight into the ID process. Likewise, it will help you demonstrate your competence with a sample of what you can do. To accomplish this, you will design training around a set of objectives—just as you would in a professional setting. You will go through the analysis, design, and development phases in service of your project objectives, and you will develop concrete outputs in each phase. These will form the beginning of a professional portfolio that will aid in landing work.
Receive a digital badge.
Students will be awarded a University of Utah digital badge upon satisfactory completion of all required courses. Find out more about Digital Badges at the University of Utah »
This program is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career in instructional design, or in using instructional design principles in their current position. No experience in instructional design is necessary, though well-prepared students will have a good comfort level working with cloud-based software and working on computers.