Instructional Design for eLearning Certificate

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This fully online noncredit certificate program prepares you to work as an instructional designer in a changing technology landscape. You’ll learn relevant theories of adult learning, interaction design, and multimedia learning within a practical, authentic framework. You’ll study both traditional and contemporary instructional design models while gaining hands-on experience with real-world design challenges.

By the end of the program, you’ll be invigorated with new ideas for ways to provide interactive experiences online, including at least one portfolio-quality instructional artifact in the form of an eLearning module. 

With this certificate, participants will be equipped to:

  • describe instructional design models and learning theories and frameworks and be able to apply learning theories and principles in instructional designs.
  • evaluate digital technologies and methods for distance learning, including contemporary trends in eLearning design.
  • design inclusive, accessible, effective online training experiences that align with business and learning outcomes.
  • reimagine existing face-to-face training for fully online delivery.

Program Outline

Online Certificate Program Overview (60 contact hours) Schedule
Introduction to eLearning Week 1
How Learning Works Week 2
Distance Learning and Adults Week 3
Content Wrangling and Information Design Week 4
Multimedia Learning Theory Week 5
User Experience Week 6
Motivation and Storytelling Week 7
Assessment and Evaluation Week 8
Project Management Week 9
Leadership/Emotional Intelligence Week 10

Note: Program participants should register themselves. After you register, we'll email your confirmation along with a username and password to use throughout the program. Registrations are not transferable.

Professional Development Webinars

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Free webinars give you a glimpse into the course experience as well as practical insights and tools to put to work immediately. 

Watch recordings of webinars in your area of interest and register for the spring webinar series, "Avoiding Burnout at Work," starting March 25.

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Lisa Beckham, Professional Development Enrollment Advisor

Meet Lisa Beckham

As your enrollment advisor, I'm here to help you choose which programs are the best fit to meet your career goals. There are three ways to connect with me: give me a call at 612-301-3091, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.

More About Me

I work with an extremely talented enrollment team where I advise adult learners about professional development programs to help them achieve their career goals. Before working for the University of Minnesota, I spent six years working with College Possible, a nonprofit organization that supports students in gaining access to and navigating through college. When not at work, I love reading fantasy books, watching goofy cartoons, traveling, and walking for exercise. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and playing board games.