Instructional Design online short course


Course starts 26 March 2018
download course prospectusREGISTER NOW

The next presentation will start on 28 May 2018

Course information

Registration Closes:
20 March 2018
Course Starts:
26 March 2018
8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
ZAR R12,900Options Available
University of the Witwatersrand
Request a call


In Africa alone, the e-learning industry has reached a 15.2% annual growth rate1, which means the implementation of e-learning programmes into various institutions is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

This growth means effective e-learning programmes need dedicated instructional designers.

Could that be you?

Whether you’re interested in expanding your teaching experience; using your writing abilities to move into the online education industry; or have been working in the field and want to formalise your skills as a learning designer or instructional designer, this instructional design course will help develop the interpersonal, written, and visual communication skills necessary for you to develop educational material into frameworks suitable for online learning.

Walk away from this course with an instructional design certificate backed by the University of the Witwatersrand.


Download course prospectus

What will set you apart

After 8 weeks on this instructional design course, you’ll not only walk away with an instructional design certificate, but be able to:

    • Confidently apply for a job as an instructional designer for K-12 schools, higher education institutions, corporate industries, government, and online education companies
    • Approach prospective employers with an impressive portfolio of evidence, which includes a design and delivery plan, and an audio-visual or multimedia component
    • Take on a greater role in your teaching career by applying a working knowledge of educational technology, including authoring tools and learning management systems

Course curriculum

This instructional design course from the University of the Witwatersrand will give you the opportunity to expand your career in the edtech industry. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1 Foundations of instructional design 
  • Course Module 2 Designing for your context
  • Course Module 3 Exploring instructional models
  • Course Module 4 Planning course design and delivery 
  • Course Module 5 Principles of content and assessment creation
  • Course Module 6 Multimedia and e-learning authoring tools
  • Course Module 7 Choosing a learning management system 
  • Course Module 8 Effective course implementation

Earn a certificate from the University of the Witwatersrand

On completion of this course, you'll earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 26 March 2018.
The next presentation will start on 28 May 2018

Still have a question? These may help


    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

  • More courses recommended for you