Online Course

Online Learning Design

Learn how to design your online course and create a productive learning experience for your learners!

The aim of this course is to prepare participants to design and develop an online instructional module through evidence based decisions. Specifically, participants are introduced to the principles of learning design and gain an understanding of the phases of learning design models in order to introduce them to formal or non-formal education environments with an emphasis on the online element. Participants will also reflect on research studies on related topics relevant to their discipline. At the end of the course, they will prepare their own online module, which can be used in their teaching/professional practice.

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand different learning design models and their use in diverse environments.
  • Develop their online instructional module.
  • Conduct a systematic and comprehensive context and learner analysis.
  • Develop instructional materials in an online environment.

Covered DSS competencies
Applied Human Centred Design
Interdisciplinary Systems Thinking
Collaboration and Co-creation
Create solutions for social impact

What you will do

Completion of assessment tasks will lead to the design of each participant’s online module, relevant to their discipline. To prepare this online module, the following tasks will be completed:

  • A narrative of how the online module will be implemented to the identified audience.
  • Module description and objectives
  • Contextual analysis
  • Tasks analysis
  • Online environment selection and justification
  • Instructional sequencing and strategies
  • The role of the student in online education
  • Evaluation of the module and implementation

Methods used
Online lectures; group discussions; 1-1 mentoring

Whom is this course for?

You 👇:

This course is suitable for people who are passionate about creating an engaging learning experience for participants of their discipline with the use of technology. Faculty members, instructional designers, school teachers can definitely benefit from this course. In addition, this course is suitable for companies, which aim to translate the knowledge they generate into online courses/MOOCS.

Questions you may have

Q: What are the admission criteria?
A: You only need to send us a copy of your ID card/passport and a short motivation letter with the idea of online module you want to design during the course 

Q: Do I need to attend any sessions physically?
A: The course is offered 100% online. If you can’t attend the online lectures, you can watch the recordings anytime.

Q: What is the workload of this course?
A: The workload for this course, including attending lectures, autonomous study and preparation of the online module is 25 hours (1 ECTS).

About us

Digital Society School is a learning community connecting design, technology and social innovation. At Digital Society School we invite you to direct your interests, knowledge and effort towards building a digital society. Because we believe that it can -and should- be inclusive, intelligent, and involve us all.

To this end, we have founded the Digital Society School. Through the school, we seek to research the impact of technology on society, develop the skills necessary to guide the transformation and pass on this knowledge and these skills to a new generation of professionals. They are ready to begin work on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. They will be the architects of transformation, across the world as well as in your organisation

We have been working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals since 2016, when we started directly collaborating with UNDP on designing for ánd with the SDGs. Learning from our international projects such as the Global Goals Jam (, we have developed a tailored methodology on how to approach global challenges from a local perspective, combining methods from the design and co-creation with the context of sustainable development.

Meet your instructors

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos
Dimitrios is a senior researcher and senior track associate at the Digital Society School. Since 2005, when he started working in higher education, he has been faculty member (both on campus and online) at different prestigious universities in Spain, Cyprus, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands. He received his PhD. in Education from the University of Barcelona (Department of Research Methods and Diagnosis in Education). He also has 5 master degrees in a) Teaching and Learning in Digital Environments, b) Educational Assessment and Program Evaluation, c) Southeast European Studies, d) Management of Organizations in the Economy of Knowledge and Evaluation and Quality Management in Higher Education.  His current research focuses on new and emerging pedagogies, instructional design, education management & administration, professional development and quality assurance in distance education. In 2015 he was the winner of the International “David Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning” and in June 2019 he achieved the status of “Senior Fellow” of the Higher Education Academy.