A programme for people wishing to acquire a powerful set of tools for designing learning courses and to align their previous professional experience with best practices of instructional design from various domains of education.

learning experience design

post-diploma certificate
about the programme
October 2022 July 2023
6 intensive contact sessions (3−4 days) and online sessions for 3 hours once a week.

The course takes place on Universal University campus

Each module of the programme consists of independent online studies, webinars, and classroom activities with instructors.

Students go through four rounds of project work, which consists of designing programmes based on real-life cases from teachers or a partner educational organization.

The core learning is set around solving cases and working on real-life projects provided by educational institutions. By the end of the course, the students will build a portfolio of educational projects.
The programme consists of 12 disciplines and project track. The first 4 basic disciplines are also studied throughout the year
audience, context and stakeholders research
  • context research through foresight techniques
  • audience analysis: interviews and observations
  • quantitative research methods
  • reading academic literature
designing of teaching methods
  • learning goals and objectives goals and taxonomy (taxonomy of Bloom, Marzano, SOLO)
  • instructional design models
  • constructive alignment
  • problem-based instructional design models and theories
  • experiental instructional design models and theories
  • methods and techniques for learning and teaching (project-based learning, workplace learning, art-based learning and so on)
assessment of and for learning
  • formative and summative assessment tools
  • authentic assessment and developmental assessment
  • feedback for learning and developing self-assessment skills
learning enviroment
  • environmental approach to learning experience design
  • components of learning environment: physical, digital, cultural and so on
project track and professional preparation
  • work with the customer
  • work on project assignments
  • thesis and preparation for the defense of the project
  • individual tutoring with a supportive practitioner
  • flat leadership and co-creative approach
history of education
  • history of pedagogy from antiquity to the 70s of the XX century
  • soviet experimental pedagogical schools
  • history of andragogy
The course consists of video lectures and tests.
age-related psychology
  • designing digital and physical learning spaces
  • periodization of mental development
  • preschool, middle childhood, adolescence and early adulthood
The course consists of video lectures and tests.
evidence-based education
  • what is evidence-based education and what is not
  • validation of ideas, search for confirmation and refutation, work with sources
  • facts and myths in education
  • fundamentals of the scientific method
The course consists of video lectures and tests.
team in education
  • roles, rules of interaction, types of specialists in an educational project
  • competencies and requirements for different roles in designing and delivering learning exprience
  • approaches to organizing team work, educational project management
  • flat leadership practices
education as an industry
  • case studies of leading Russian projects
motivational design in teaching
  • connection between attitudes and motivation
  • continuum and typology of motivation to learn
  • work with internal and external motivation
  • how do the chosen teaching methods and technologies promote student motivation?
teaching excellence and SME practices
  • pedagogical techniques for designing children's learning
  • andragogic techniques for designing adult learning
  • group dynamics, work in different groups and management of motivation in learning
  • strategies for working with experts in training design
  • participatory design practices
educational programme as a product
  • metrics for assessing the effectiveness of an educational programme in addition to achieving an educational result
  • data-driven programme design
  • the programme as a learning ecosystem that forms the product portfolio of the organization
you will learn
to identify the needs of the audience, write clear learning outcomes, and create competence maps
to design and assess programmes for traditional settings and online learning experience using robust teaching frameworks
to lead teams to design complex educational programmes
to develop programmes for primary, secondary, further, and higher education, and for corporate trainings
you will
obtain comprehensive knowledge of teaching methods and acquire professional skills necessary for a job in education

receive diploma of professional retraining

create portfolio of educational programmes based on real-life cases set by the School’s partners
The list of instructors to be updated
Sonya Smyslova
Curator and programme director of the School of Education
Darya Savelyeva
Co-curator, instructional designer, PhD student at Maastricht University
Alexander Nenashev
Head of pdupd.co bureau
Victoria Elkina
Head of BIOCAD Corporate University
Ekaterina Cherkes-zade
Rector of Universal University
Katerina Polivanova
Academic Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary Childhood, Institute of Education, National Research HSE University
Alexander Sychev
Director of Presium Education, lecturer at SKOLKOVO Business School
Ekaterina Saminskaya
Senior manager of academic quality at Moscow Film School, guest lecturer at Letovo School
Renata Gizatulina
Instructional designer, consultant and curator of educational programmes
Alexander Fenin
Product Researcher of the Digital School Platform by Sberbank
Petr Mazaev
Historian, head of the Social Sciences department at Khoroshkola, founder of Cultural Projects Laboratory
Alexander Grigoriev
Class Supervisor and English Teacher at The New School
Galina Turchak
Andragog, Narrative Practitioner, Skillbox Learning Assistant
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180 000 ₽
The tuition fee can be paid in two installments. Applications are accepted until September 17, 2022.

Discount is offered to the companies
covering the tuition for 3 or more employees. Language of the programme is Russian.