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Instructional Design Fundamentals: Self-Study Course

Design effective learner-centred training courses.

Four popular modules from our in-house learning impact and instructional design programme, available in a self-study format.


What You Will Cover

The Instructional Design Fundamentals self-study course covers these four popular modules from our learning impact and instructional design programme:

PA01: Setting the Scene


This module lays some key foundational ideas and principles, by exploring three three key areas:

  • How theories of instructional design exert significant influence over how we think about learning.
  • How to identify and leverage likely levels of motivation amongst your learners.
  • How to establish a framework for evaluating your learning, from the outset.

PA02: Getting Up and Running

This very task-focused module guides you through 2 key elements of your early stage analysis work:
  • gathering a clear picture of your learners, and
  • identifying their needs. 
The module also explores how to align those learner needs with the evaluation framework introduced in module PA01.

PA03 Analysing and Scoping Your Content


This module focuses specifically on the third (and often forgotten) element of the early development cycle: analysing and scoping your content.

The module introduces a simple content taxonomy which enables you to better scope and categorise content based on learner need, rather than subject matter expert preference.

IDF01 Achieving Successful Skills and Knowledge Transfer

This module introduces:
  • the skills and knowledge transfer continuum.
  • the three types of transfer that sit on this continuum.
  • how to identify the kind of transfer type (or types) for the content you are working with, and
  • the implications this has for your learning design – especially in relation to the type of practice you build into your design.

How You Benefit

This course will help you to:

  • Explore key approaches to and aspects of instructional design
  • Integrate newer, alternative approaches with more traditional ones.
  • Analyse your subject matter to better understand its purpose and relevance for your intended learners.
  • Apply different types of transfer effectively in your course design and understand when you should use each type.
  • Select the most effective types of practice for your learners, based on context and delivery medium.

Who Is It For?

This course is ideal for anyone:
  • new to instructional design.
  • with existing, but limited instructional design experience.
  • with lots of experience, but no previous formal training in instructional design.

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More About This Self-Study Course

If you would like to enrol on the Instructional Design Fundamentals self-study course, see the details below.


Practical Details


Length: Each course needs approximately 6 - 7 hours of study time to complete.

Price: Each course is £225, plus VAT.

Membership and payment plan options also available, starting from £12.50 per month, plus VAT .

Price includes: online access to all materials and downloadable copies of content and activities.


How to Enrol on a Course

Step 1: Go to our self-study courses page 

Go to the courses page (see link below). Select the course(s) you want from the available options.

Step 2: Select your payment option

Once you've selected your course(s), scroll to the bottom of the course product page(s) and choose the payment option best suited to you (low cost monthly memberships and payment plans are available).

Step 3: Pay for your course

Once you have selected which option you want, you will be taken through the secure checkout process.


Where to enrol?

Go to our separate Performance and Learning Academy to enrol:

Performance and Learning Academy

Payment Options

Pay for your course by credit or debit card on our PAL Academy website. If you need to pay by invoice and bank transfer please make sure to select this option at checkout.

We will then contact you to set up invoicing and payment.

Satisfaction Guarantee

All our self-study courses come with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

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Brilliant. Well-tailored and specific to needs. Would recommend to others.
Rachel Evans
George Eliot NHS Trust
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Excellent! Matched and exceeded expectations.
Lou Leggan
TSB Bank
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Very good. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
Brian Hume
Martec International

Download A Learning Impact and Instructional Design Brochure...

If you need more information about our public and self-study courses (or our in-house programme) download one of the comprehensive learning impact and instructional design training brochures shown below:


Need Something Else?


Prefer an In-Person or Live Online Version of this course?

If self-study is not for you, this course has a couple of different publicly scheduled delivery options available:

  • In-person in London
  • Live online in our virtual classroom

We always have a small number of dates scheduled through the year.

Please visit our Performance and Learning Academy site where you can see upcoming dates and make a booking:

Go to the PAL Academy site

Learning solutions

Need In-House Training?

If you think an in-house course might be a more suitable option for yourself and colleagues, we have over 20 modules you can choose from (including the modules in the public courses).

To create a course that's perfect for you, take a look at the modules you can choose from.

Or download a brochure directly above or below.

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