Full course description

Course Date:

Sep 12 - Dec 4, 2016


12 weeks


2-3 hours/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate


In this project-based course, you’ll gain instructional design experience while developing open educational resources (OER) for instructors and learners in adult basic education programs. This service course is facilitated by Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the United States that coordinates service-learning opportunities for those who seek to gain experience creating instruction to support important social causes. Upon successful completion of this 12-week course, you’ll receive an instructional design service badge, a Certificate of Recognition, and an invitation to include your instructional materials in the Adult Learning Zone group on OER Commons.


By the end of this instructional design service course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze key aspects of the design need by considering the learners, the learning context, the requirements of the project, and existing open educational resources.
  • Synthesize information about the design project to generate solutions to meet the instructional design need.
  • Simulate draft representations of your design concept in a written design proposal and a prototype of your instructional materials.
  • Evaluate whether your draft design prototype meets the needs and constraints of this project.
  • Decide upon final design decisions as you prepare your final deliverable based on evaluation feedback.

Course Instructors

Jennifer Maddrell

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell


Dr. Jennifer Maddrell is the founder and president of Designers for Learning, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to provide (1) instructional design products and services to nonprofits and social causes, and (2) instructional design experience to those seeking to develop their skills. Jennifer's work on the team facilitating this instructional design service course is part of that mission. Her professional biography is available online at www.jennifermaddrell.com.