First Principles of Instruction: Lecture + Studio

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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.

Professional Studio: 

Take your skills and understanding of theory to the next level. In our professional studio sessions, You will be given specific design assignments to incrementally implement these principles in your own instructional module or course. He will then have a virtual meeting with you for each assignment to provide collaboration and critique. These studio sessions will also enable you to share your work with other students in this studio part of the course.

Upcoming Course Dates: 


- May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 2-4pm CT

- July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 2-4pm CT


- August 11, 25 September 8, 22, October 6 & 20 from 2-4pm CT

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

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.