Instructional Design for ZHL 129

Designing an online course for local developers of nutrition management information systems.

At the end of this course, learners are expected to:

  1. to design a localized an online course (course code ZHL 129) to guide learners on how to design and prototype a SIGLASys system

  2. to prototype ZHL 129 and refine instructional design based on user feedback

ZHL 129 is an adaptation of EDX/MIT course Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care so that learners are guided on how to develop local information systems the food security and nutrition in the Southeast Asian setting.

Open a student account at and enter Course Access Code 9XB9-97HJ-RGXMZ

See MIT course below.

While Zero Hunger Lab courses have diverse aspirations and intended impacts, they are meant to be frameworks for learners to develop the skillsets and mindsets essential in an ever-changing world: complex problem solving; negotiation; people management; cognitive flexibility; emotional intelligence; dealing with ambiguity and chaos; creative thinking; and others. These skillsets (and mindsets) are continual with the learner growing personally and professionally, the deeper they engage, and the longer they engage.

Engagement in I2I projects strengthens skillsets including:

1.Inquiry-Driven Approach – Demonstrate a habit of asking relevant questions to solve complex problems and designing research and methodologies to answer questions.

2.Teamwork – Demonstrate the ability to function effectively in multidisciplinary, cross-functional teams that include students and mentors from various colleges and representatives from partnering organizations.

3.Citizenship - Demonstrate civic knowledge and intercultural competence through active engagement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.

4.Leadership - Apply a range of leadership skills including motivating others, resolving conflict, developing theories of change, and building greater awareness of self.

5.Communication – Employ empathic listening to understand problems, concisely and precisely express ideas to diverse stakeholders using verbal, written, and electronic methods, and show ability to incorporate feedback to improve project outputs.

6.Complex Problem-Solving - Demonstrate complex problem-solving skills through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities in the context of progressively more challenging problems and projects.

7. Design Thinking - Apply a wide variety of methods for creatively framing and solving problems, use a human-centered process to uncover the needs of diverse stakeholders, and engage in divergent and convergent thinking as well as iterative solution testing.

8. Entrepreneurship - Apply the tenets of entrepreneurship including collaboration, value creation, resilience, and risk-taking to advance the project.

9. Systems Thinking - Apply the tenets of systems thinking to understand and influence complex systems, design an innovation that takes into account the larger context surrounding the challenge, its various constituents, and the interrelationships between system components.

10. Research - Reflect on and further develop informed, objective perspectives and judgments regarding the praxis of research. Design ethical experimental plans and describe the logistical and ethical issues with conducting research. Develop practical skills to engage in the peer‐review and publication processes including the various conventions and norms. Collaborate effectively with peers to share the results in scholarly and practitioner communities.

11. Execution - Exhibit an ability to execute tasks in a timely, effective fashion in order to get stuff done and advance the project towards real-world impact.

12. Context of Project - Demonstrate an understanding of key project concepts, its background and history, and all related research.

13. Stakeholders - Identify all the stakeholders involved in a project, and effectively engage with them to understand and describe their needs and capabilities.

14. Creativity – Employ creative strategies within the problem solving process, demonstrate original thinking, inventiveness, and improvisation through produced work or within the innovation process.

Adapted from Lehigh University: