Course overview

Designing with AI is a 6-week online short course that forms part of a suite of short courses that support blended and online learning design. Developed by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT. This course equips learning designers, educators, and trainers to understand, apply, and reflect on AI's role in teaching, learning, assessment, and research.


Course details

  • Duration: 10th September - 20th October 2024
  • Mode: Fully online
  • Schedule: Webinars on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 16:00-18:00; Coaching sessions on Fridays, 14:00-15:00
  • Cost: ZAR 5000


Who should attend?

  • Academic Professionals and Educators
  • Instructional Designers and Technologists
  • Higher Education Students and Graduates technology
  • Corporate Training Professionals
  • NGOs 


Learning objectives

After doing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Trace the history of AI
  • Describe the workings of generative AI and LLMs
  • Use AI tools to support teaching, learning, and research
  • Integrate AI into lesson plans and redesign assessments
  • Develop AI resource guides for participants’ context
  • Discuss ethical practices in AI engagement 


Course content

  • Week 1: Orientation
  • Week 2: History and affordances of generative AI
  • Week 3: Generative AI for Learning, Teaching, Assessment, and Research
  • Week 4: Generative AI for Learning Design
  • Week 5: Ethical practices with generative AI
  • Week 6: Consolidation and Assessment 


Certification options

Certificate of Participation: Attend 80% of workshops, submit weekly reflections and group tasks, complete course evaluation.
Certificate of Completion: Required for PGDip transfer; includes successful completion of the individual assignment. 


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Sign up

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Common questions and answers

The course runs for 6 weeks, from 10th September to 20th October 2024.
Online classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 16:00-18:00, with coaching sessions on Fridays from 14:00-15:00.


The course is fully online via UCT’s Digital Learning Platform, Amathuba.


No prerequisites are required, but good internet connectivity and the ability to participate in webinars are necessary.


Assessments include weekly reflections, group tasks, and a final individual assignment.


Participants can receive a certificate of participation or completion based on attendance and assignment submission.