Foster Active Learning

Course Description:

How do you know that the chosen instruction method is effective? Is there a method of instruction that would be best for a certain type of material? In this course, you will learn how to: apply evidence-based practice to identify and design good experiments to verify instructional effectiveness, select the most effective method of instruction based on the type of knowledge, design learning material with deliberate practice and effective feedback, and leverage worked examples and self-explanation to create effective e-learning designs.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how deliberate practice is different from the general idea of practice
  • Evaluate and design instruction based on evidence for:
    • how much practice to include
    • what kind of practice is best and how to distribute it
    • what kind of feedback is best
    • how to layout practice exercises


Approximately 2 weeks, 6-8 hours/week



Register and start taking the course in three steps:

  1. Watch this short video for instructions on how to register.

2. For this course, copy the course key: ELDP-014

3. Click on this link to Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Initiative to register and try out the course.