The Instructional Design Course

Insights from the cognitive sciences are clear about how learners learn and what works in learning.  The Instructional Design Course provides teachers with an understanding of the relationship between knowledge, memory, cognitive load, attention, practice and deep learning. There is also a wealth of evidence about high-impact teaching and learning strategies that help learners flourish. The Instructional Design Course draws from the evidence-based consensus about learning to take the guess work out of course design. Because how we learn matters just as much as what we learn.

$360 (+GST)

In this course you will learn

Part 1 – How students learn

Insights from the learning sciences, philosophy, educational psychology and pedagogy have given us a rich and detailed knowledge of how students learn. Understanding the interconnected relationship between memory, cognitive load and attention gives teachers a powerful tool for planning effective learning. 

All learning is achieved when new knowledge connects with prior knowledge and is manipulated in the short-term memory and encoded in the long-term memory for later retrieval. 

But what are the best ways to achieve this? How much cognitive load is possible and how does understanding the limits of memory and attention affect how we ‘chunk’ information? Can students really multitask? How can we ensure that we program for content-heavy subject areas by using insights into how students learn?  

By drawing from some of the very best old and new ideas, as well as a brief survey of behavioural, cognitive and social learning theories, you’ll come out of the other side with an understanding that is guaranteed to change how you approach programming.


Part 2 – What works in learning

It is one thing to understand how the students learn, but how do we practically translate those insights into programming, resource development and teaching? 

In this section, we will identify six teaching strategies that researchers have consistently shown have worked across multiple classroom studies. With explicit instruction and formative assessment roaring back into popularity, add these teaching strategies will give you greater impact as a teacher. 

We will examine spaced study and interleaving; the elaboration strategies that have shown to be most effective for memory retention and moving from surface to deep knowledge; the concrete and abstract, the impact of dual coding and the importance of retrieval practice, deliberate practice and repetition in learning. 

Finally, we will make the case for formative assessment and effective feedback strategies.


Part 3 – Programming for impact  

In the final session, we will bring it all together into your program. 

We finish the day by looking at the structure and strategies of your teaching and learning program in the light of how students learn and what works in the classroom. 

We will look for opportunities for spacing, interleaving, elaboration, dual coding, retrieval practice and more!

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About Brad

Brad is the founder and senior presenter at Cornerstone Teacher Learning. He is a teacher, writing and professional learning coach who has spent over two decades in education as a History and English teacher, holding various middle leadership positions as a department head, Director of Secondary and more recently in professional learning. He is the author of seven textbooks with Cengage and Small Caps publishing, and has had over 1,500 teachers through his courses on writing instruction in the areas of history, English and cross-curricular interventions. Brad is interested in learning how students and teachers learn with a keen interest in literacy and assessment.