Viewing: Instructional Design Microcredential

Last approved: Thu, 06 Jun 2024 03:39:27 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 06 Jun 2024 03:39:15 GMT

Changes proposed by: Lindsay Andrews (College of Education, Adult & Higher Education Program Lead) (niemeyel)
Fall 2024
Instructional Design Microcredential
Lindsay Andrews (College of Education, Adult & Higher Education Program Lead)
Education (03)
Counseling & Adult and Higher Education

Other Request


Early Alert


These questions are designed to produce the equivalent of a 2-page summary of the proposed program that can be used to create an Early Alert document that will be submitted to the Statewide Provosts Council.
4. What is the anticipated enrollment (Fall Term headcount) at the launch of the program and the planned goals for 5 and 10 years out?

Create, Change or Terminate a College or Academic Unit


Executive Summary





Curriculum Mapping


Objectives, Functions, and Activities






Strategic Plan


External Impacts





New Subject Code



The proposed course designator should have an identified purpose within the curricular structure of Oregon State University.


Responsibility for the integrity and oversight of the proposed course designator should be clearly identified.


Who will benefit from the new course designator, and what changes will result from its implementation.

Mass Subject Code Change


Change College Requirements (Obsolete)



Microcredential Request

General Information

Graduate Microcredential Instructional Design
Lindsay Andrews, Program Lead,

Description and Requirements

The instructional design microcredential offers targeted benefits for individuals seeking to enhance their expertise in course development, accessible learning, and adult education. The microcredential offers a direct pathway for continued education into the instructional design graduate certificate and the EdM in Adult & Higher Education. There are multiple audiences who may have an interest:

• Those wishing to explore classes and the field of instructional design prior to committing to a Master's or Certificate
• Those currently in the field of instructional design, seeking professional development
• Current Graduate students wishing to pair their degree with a microcredential to better inform their teaching.

Former educators seeking to transition away from traditional classroom roles and individuals interested in pursuing education careers outside of the classroom are well-suited for this microcredential. Completers are likely to be seeking careers in instructional design, instructional technology, instruction, and education technology. The microcredential draws strength from three key courses, offering a blend of theory and application:

1. Adult Learning & Development: Provides foundational knowledge of adult learning theory to better understand the needs of adult learners.
2. Instructional Design: Offers practical and theoretical guidance for effective course development.
3. Instructional Strategies for Adult Learning: Allows students to apply their learning in real-world teaching contexts.
AHE 553: Fall term, annually
AHE 531: Spring term, annually
AHE 547: Summer term, annually

As enrollment grows, the intention is to increase the frequency of course offerings.


adult education
AHE 553, AHE 531, AHE 547
principles of adult learning
AHE 553, AHE 531
equity & social justice
AHE 553, AHE 531, AHE 547
teaching: AHE 547, backward design: AHE 531, bloom's taxonomy: AHE 531, instructional theories: AHE 553, AHE 531, AHE 547, instructional strategies: AHE 553, AHE 547, AHE 531, curriculum development: AHE 531, AHE 547

Strategic Plan

Goal: A university where every student graduates. This microcredential addresses the needs of learners who seek short-term credentialing programs and wish to update and reassess their skills/career opportunities.

Action 5: Significantly increase enrollment online. The microcredential is an opportunity to engage learners who may have an interest in longer degree-programs, but are not yet ready to commit. With direct pathways into the instructional design certificate and Ed.M. in Adult & Higher Education, learners have multiple options for engagement with the course content and opportunities for matriculation, leading to program growth.

Administrative Resources


Request to Retain a Course

Course Details

Memorandum of Understanding

MOU for Offering an Existing Academic Program at a Different Physical Campus


Program Coordination Requirements

OSU-Cascades leadership and the College Dean agree that there is sufficient coordination of the program between all campuses offering the program.

Both (all) campuses agree that the following individuals are appointed as the primary lead for program development coordination, unless otherwise notified of an alternate:

Course Delivery

Program Maintenance

A major factor in continued excellence is the maintenance and refreshment of courses and the program. As part of maintenance, the College and any campus offering the program commit to the following:


Partnership Agreement

CIP Code Change

Is this a STEM CIP?

Is this a STEM CIP?


Alternative Summative Assessment

Alternative Summative Assessments (ASA) are a substitution for the committee-driven oral exam present in most MA/MS degrees. The ASA should provide similar insights as the oral exam into the program and graduate learning outcomes.


Is the student assigned a traditional three-graduate-faculty member committee?


Statement of Intent




Proposed Course Details

Are you proposing more than one CoreEd course in this form?


Is this a new OSU course?

Is this course part of a College of Science series?

Is this a Common Course Numbered (CCN) course?

Additional Courses

Prerequisites and Restrictions




Faculty (Re)Designing The Course/s


In-person and Hybrid Courses


Ecampus Courses


Ecampus and Other Locations


Ecampus and Other Locations


Ecampus and Other Locations


Ecampus and Other Locations


WIC Courses


DPO Courses


Admin Use Only

The microcredential has been approved. Microcredentials are digital badges issued through the platform Credly and are not transcripted (beyond the courses that appear on the student’s transcript).

For questions regarding the badging process, please contact Jarrell Townsend in the Office of the Registrar at
Janice Nave-Abele (Curriculum Management, Curriculum Coordinator) (janice.nave-abele) (Wed, 05 Jun 2024 16:14:20 GMT): Approved by the Microcredential Committee on June 5, 2024.
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