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E-learning Instructional Design Certificate
Elevate your training to a virtual level with asynchronous e-learning programs.
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Invigorate your traditional instructional design with fresh e-learning techniques. Based on examples from organizations that have implemented successful virtual training, this program will provide you with the skills to develop individualized, asynchronous e-learning experiences that motivate learners to change their behavior. Learn to skillfully meet instructional design challenges in any industry and apply the principles of effective e-learning to individualized courses, tutorials, games, simulations and other e-learning modules.

Explore the essential e-learning components of context, challenge, activity, and feedback to elevate your success. In this program, you’ll discover the design elements of effective e-learning, investigate instructional interactivity that supports learning, practice applying these discoveries in designs, and learn to incorporate what works into your own projects. Please note that this program does not address issues of designing and delivering live, virtual instructor-led webinars, nor does it focus on specific software or tools.

Experienced in e-learning?  Consider our Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate.

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ATD facilitator Ethan Edwards discusses the E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program.

Course Information
Why You Should Attend?
  • Design e-learning that allows your learners to spend their time wisely and productively.
  • Use the unique capabilities of instructional technology to make each learning experience meaningful, memorable, and motivational.
  • Create learning experiences that change behavior well beyond a post-test.
What to Expect?
  • E-Book: Receive a digital copy of Michael Allen's Guide to E-Learning.
  • Technical Requirements:

Face-to-face programs:
A laptop computer (or other device that is able to play and download 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 to review e-learning examples. The examples will not work on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.). In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for practitioners new to asynchronous or non-concurrent e-learning technology, but not inexperienced in training and performance; practitioners who want to brush up on the newest techniques; instructional designers; curriculum builders; learning managers; courseware producers; or sales, safety, health-care, finance, higher education, and government trainers. If you're moving from instructor-led training into the world of e-learning, this certificate is a uniquely valuable place to start.

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.

What Will I Learn?

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply the components of effective e-learning instructional design and learner motivation.
  • Describe how interactivity affects learning.
  • Examine how e-learning tools and trends can disguise the true learning challenge.
  • Orient e-learning towards behavioral-based outcomes instead of online information.
  • Use e-learning success prerequisites to improve programs.
  • Apply the steps of successive approximation for e-learning projects.
  • Apply the principles of effective e-learning navigation.
  • Evaluate e-learning programs and make recommendations for improvements.
How Long Is This Course?

Face-to-Face: 2 days
Online: 4 sessions, 12 hours total
On-Site: Flexible dates & duration

Can I Earn Credit?

Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. This program may be eligible for up to 14 CPLP recertification points for the face-to-face version and 12 CPLP recertification points for the online version. This program may be eligible for up to 14 APTD recertification points for the face-to-face version and 12 APTD recertification points for the online version. This program has been pre-approved for 14 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 12 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrm.org/certification.

What Is The 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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What Participants Are Saying
"Simple yet effective tools to apply when designing e-learning courses such as CCAF, 7 keys to enhancing motivation, and the SAM model.  I also loved having the opportunity to hear from others in the same industry. Everyone had a different perspective and different background but the passions and challenges were mutual!"
"As a longtime "live" trainer, I needed to venture into the 21st century. This was a great introduction to e-learning and design for me, but those in my class who are already designing e-learning also learned new techniques to make their training courses better. The most significant takeaways for me were the CCAF model of training and the 7 keys to learner motivation."
"Taking this course was like having a new door, that you didn't even know existed, opened for you. I'm now able to look at our past e-learning courses, as well as the ones we have coming down the pipeline, and see how they could be improved and implemented better. I learned that designing learning for the learner is the key."
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