First Principles of Instruction: Lecture + Mentorship Experience

Registration for First Principles of Instruction classes are  currently closed. 

Please see our current course catalog for all upcoming classes.  


 These courses utilize the five pillars of Dr. Merrill's theory to help build effective learning solutions that promote education through problem-solving.  Apply what you learn in the lecture series to real projects while benefiting from the mentorship of Dr. David Merrill. 


This series of lectures will use a progression of short courses in a variety of content areas that illustrate these principles and will explain how you can design appropriate instructional events and instructional strategies for your own instruction. (If you'd like to take the Lecture series only, please see First Principles of Instruction: Lecture)

Mentorship Experience: 

Take your skills and understanding of theory to the next level. In our mentorship experience sessions, You will be given specific design assignments to incrementally implement these principles in your own instructional module or course. Dr. Merrill will then have a virtual meeting with you for each assignment to provide collaboration and critique. These mentorship sessions will also enable you to share your work with other students in this practicum part of the course.   (If you've already taken the Lecture series and want to now add on the Mentorship Experience, please see First Principles of Instruction: Mentorship Experience )

Upcoming Course Dates: 

Lecture: Stay tuned for updated First Principles of Instruction course dates.

Mentorship Experience:  Stay tuned for updated First Principles of Instruction course dates.

Prerequisites: Prior or current enrollment in First Principles of Instruction: Lecture is required. 

Experience level: Any

Format: Synchronous, virtual instructor-led training (webinar series)

Duration: 12 hours total (6 x 120-minute instructor-led sessions)

Instructor: Dr. David Merrill

Digital Credentials: 

The Allen Academy uses the power of Acclaim for your benefit and provides you with widely recognized digital credentials to represent your skills. Those who successfully complete this course will earn the First Principles of Instruction - Level 1 and Level 2 badges.

Technical requirements:  Online instructor-led sessions are conducted via webinar on the Zoom platform. (View Zoom's system requirements here.) You will need a good enough internet connection to view your instructor's shared screen and to access examples of online interactivity.