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Media for Learning Certificate

Create quality audio, video, and written multimedia to aid learning.

In the coming years, learning professionals will need to build key media competencies to remain competitive. Get an introduction to the production processes for audio, video, and screen text, as well as gain a foundational skill set in these processes for multiple platforms. Learn how media psychology and learning theory intersect and how to use them in creating media content that is quick and easy to understand, remember, and apply.

Former Course Name: Multimedia for Learning Professionals Certificate

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

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Program Overview

Program Overview

As technology has made audio, video, and online tools more affordable and easier to use, the 21st century learning professional now has endless opportunities to deliver training outside of the classroom. Today's professional must build their skills in digital production in order to remain competitive. This intensive, fast-paced certificate program is designed to catapult trainers and instructional designers ahead of the curve to provide the skills needed to make powerful multimedia content quickly and cost effectively.

The availability of these tools is not enough to ensure trainers and instructional designers can create content that aids learning. And, creating fast, effective and economical multimedia content does not stop at simply knowing how to structure it. Trainers and instructional designers using multimedia must possess a foundational understanding of how adults learn and the principles of media psychology. This will facilitate the planning of content that's not just show and tell, but creates learning that truly sticks. This new knowledge also needs to be matched with production techniques that save time and money and ensure quality. This two-day certificate program provides an introduction to creating multimedia content that looks great, aids learning, doesn't take forever to create, and doesn't waste money in the production process.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Create learning content that's easy to understand by drawing on the principles of media psychology.
  • Understand of when and when not to use audio, video, text and animation for learning.
  • Write scripts for audio and video that make learning content quick to understand and easy to remember.
  • Apply a production process for basic audio podcasts and basic online video.
  • Source appropriate equipment and software to make multimedia effectively but inexpensively.

Format and Technical Requirements

This is a two-day face-to-face learning event in which participants bring their laptops. To learn more about the format and equipment requirements for this workshop, click here.

Note: ATD also offers the Rapid Video for Learning Certificate Program, which covers the topic of video on a much deeper level. That program is a detailed look at the storyboarding and production planning processes, shot selection, graphics, editing, sound and audio, and compression.

In the Rapid Video Development for Learning Certificate, participants will use more advanced cameras owned by and returned to ATD; giving them the opportunity to learn how to use the manual functions as well as a tripod and external microphone.

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Find out why good media skills matter. Read two blog articles from expert facilitator Jonathan Halls:
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

After this program, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the relationship between adult learning theory and media psychology drawing on cognitive theory and neuroscience.
  • Determine when and when not to use audio, video, text, animation, and database content in your learning programs.
  • Learn to use rapid media production techniques.
  • Identify key equipment for learning professionals in relation to the level of production commitment.
  • Identify production management issues related to incorporating media into the day-to-day workflow of learning professionals.
  • Discuss the role of user-generated media content in the learning sphere, including the benefits and pitfalls.


Day One:

  • How adults learn
  • Psychology of audio and learning
  • Creating audio podcasts—participants will create an professionally packaged audio podcast
  • Psychology of video and learning
  • How to shoot good video on affordable portable video cameras

Day Two:

  • How to edit video
  • How to create online text that's quick to understand and easy to remember
  • Visual considerations of learning design
  • Group production exercise
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This certificate program is for learning professionals who wish to learn how to make audio, video, and written content to aid learning. It’s ideal for trainers who want to use multimedia in their work, as well as instructional designers and learning executives who want a practical overview of multimedia production. While this course is designed to provide a foundational skillset in using multimedia for learning, many learning professionals with existing multimedia skills may attend to fill in their gaps and strengthen their existing knowledge.
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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