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Instructional Design for eLearning - Online

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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.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I register for the course?

Participants should register themselves in online registration.

How do I log in to the online course?

A week before the course you will receive a username and password to use throughout the course that will give you access to the site and tools.

How long does it take to complete this certificate program?

You have ten weeks from the listed start date to complete this certificate. There are both self-paced and synchronous activities in this course, meaning that you will need to schedule some time to work with a learning partner in the course, and some of the activities can be completed at your own pace.


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Stories From the Field

Ann Fandrey

The profession of instructional design is growing, owing to the rise in demand from a variety of industries. Read how the developer/instructor of the U of M Instructional Design for eLearning Certificate as well as two students who completed the program see it fitting into training professions.

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