EDCI 53100 - Learning Theory and Instructional Design

(3 credit hours)

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

How we learn is as complex as it is fascinating. How we structure our educational material is equally so, and can benefit from a range of learning theories. In EDCI 53100 Learning Theory and Instructional Design, you’ll learn principles from the major learning theories and how you can use them as a foundation for the decisions you’ll make as an instructional designer.

What You’ll Learn in EDCI 53100
Learn how theories of human learning and motivation can be applied to the instructional process to make it more effective, efficient, and/or appealing. The focus of the course throughout the term will be on two areas: 1) the theoretical principles that have contributed to the field of instructional design (ID), and 2) how those principles can be applied within practical settings to encourage learning.

You’ll aquaint yourself with the key learning theories through reading and studying the assigned chapters and articles in preparation to discuss and write about the practical applications of the derived principles.

Course Topics
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Theories of Learning
  • Behaviorism
  • Information Processing/Schema
  • Situated Cognition and Interactional Theories
  • Constructivism
  • Gagne Conditions of Learning
  • Motivation

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of EDCI 53100 Learning Theory and Instructional Design, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the basic tenets of behavioral, cognitive, and constructivist learning theories.
  • Compare and contrast the contributions of various learning theories to the field of instructional design.
  • Identify and describe the basic components within various motivational theories and their impact upon the learning process.
  • Select appropriate principles derived from given theories and apply those within practical learning situations.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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To learn more about the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology curriculum from Purdue University, including Learning Theory and Instructional Design, call (877) 497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.