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Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate

Learn expert techniques vital to creating successful e-learning.

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The expansion of instructional design capabilities has some designers, new and old, drowning in a sea of alluring possibilities. Don't get left behind! Go beyond the basic transmission of information to learners, and discover how to design e-learning events that achieve behavioral change and targeted performance levels.

  • Face-to-Face2 days
  • Online 6 sessions, 12 hours total
  • On-SiteFlexible dates & duration

Dates & Locations

San Diego, CA

Dec 07-08, 2017

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San Jose, CA

Jan 22-23, 2018

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Live Online

Feb 06-21, 2018

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Alexandria, VA

Mar 12-13, 2018

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Program Overview

Program Overview

This program applies the science of behavioral change, while redirecting and narrowing the focus of instructional design to those things that matter most in creating successful e-learning applications. You will not only find effective ways to design meaningful, memorable, and motivational experiences , but also a blending of successful behavioral change principles. Based on dozens of research studies, these principles will help you design learning events that go far beyond the transmission of information to achieve behavioral change and targeted performance levels.

New to e-learning? Consider our E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Design effective e-learning that achieves lasting performance change.
  • Create experiences that not only engage participants but also evaluate whether they are actually learning.
  • Establish and apply general development guidelines and time requirements for designing a successful e-learning event.

What to Expect:

  • E-Book: Receive a digital copy of Designing Successful E-Learning: Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting
  • Technical Requirements:
    • Face-to-face programs: A laptop computer (or other device that is able to play Adobe Flash files), with Wi-Fi capability and the latest version of Adobe Flash® installed is required to review e-learning examples. Please do not bring iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.), as the program materials will not function properly on these devices. There will be no computers available on-site for participants.
    • Online programs: The online version of this program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, please have the latest version of Adobe Flash® installed on your laptop or device to review e-learning examples. The examples will not work on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.).

Find Out More:

Check out expert facilitator Ethan Edwards' e-learning blogs: 

Find out why facilitator Julie Dirksen values the Advanced E-Learning program:

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

After this program, you will be able to:
  • Create e-learning designs using the CCAF (Context, Challenge, Activity and Feedback) Model to maximize retention and behavioral transfer.
  • Adapt design strategies for different types of content.
  • Use the fundamental principles of educational psychology (behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism) and evidence-based practice to create effective learning experiences.
  • Judge when, where, and how best to use game design principles for learning.
  • Use behavioral change principles to address motivation/affect design challenges.
  • Space learning events for optimal impact.
  • Determine the role of e-learning in a blended performance support solution.


  • Topic 1 - Forget What You Know About Instructional Design
  • Topic 2 - Do Something Different
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This workshop is appropriate for a multitude of professional backgrounds, but is primarily designed for those experienced in training and performance who want to deepen their skills in e-learning instructional design: managers, developers, designers, instructors, and courseware producers.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP© Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 14 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at

HRCI Recertification Credits

This program has been pre-approved for 14 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

SHRM Recertification Credits

This program is valid for 12 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Attendance Policy

Face-to-Face Courses

Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 1.4 CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Courses

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and 1.4 CEUs. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program.

ATD requires active participation in our online program to receive credit for the program  Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work.

For programs with 5 or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate.
For programs with 4 or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. 

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