Course Description

Using universal design in rapid prototyping instructional design is a concept that involves considering the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instruction. IT identifies and eliminates unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigor, and is a foundational skill that all educational technology experts should have. Using universal design in rapid prototyping reduces the time and cost of a traditional ISD approach while increasing its flexibility for all users. This course will help students to analyze, apply and evaluate the concept's principles to develop education and training materials that span a wide range of knowledge domains and instructional technologies.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: What is Universal Design for Instructional Design?

In this lesson, the student will define universal design as it applies to instructional design.

Lesson 2: Phases, Levels and Models of Rapid Prototype Instructional Design

In this lesson, students will examine the different phases, levels and models of rapid prototype instructional design.

Lesson 3: Instructional Design and Rapid Prototyping

In this lesson, students will explore how instructional design and rapid prototyping are developed throughout the process.

Lesson 4: Principles of Universal Design in Instructional Design

In this lesson, students will examine and evaluate principles of using universal design in instructional design.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand rapid prototyping as an instructional design process.
  • Utilize universal design for instruction.
  • Understand the phases, levels and models of rapid instructional design.
  • Explore how the design and development phases are accomplished.
  • Examine the principles of instructional design using universal design.
  • Understand how universal design in rapid prototyping reduces the time and cost of a traditional ISD approach.
  • Explore the structure of the design to reduce the time and expense of a full development cycle.


Participants will have 180 days to complete the online, self-paced course.


System Requirements


Internet Connectivity Requirements:

Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience


Hardware Requirements:

CPU: 1 GHz or higher

RAM: 2 GB or higher

Resolution: 1280x720 or higher


Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)


Operating System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)

Mac OSX 10 or higher

Latest Chrome OS

Latest Linux distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.


Web Browser Requirements:

Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience

Latest Mozilla Firefox

Latest Microsoft Edge

Latest Apple Safari


Basic Software Requirements:

Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)

PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)

Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)

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Using Universal Design in Rapid Prototyping Instructional Design (Online)
Jul 01, 2021 to Jun 30, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $139.95