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E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate

Design e-learning courses that drive results.

Learn to design individualized, asynchronous e-learning courses using the ATD E-Learning Design Model for effective e-learning. Explore fundamental instructional design tenets from the perspective of creating e-learning. Practice applying these discoveries in designs and learn to incorporate what works into your own projects.

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On Demand
Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Learning Technologist More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design More


Course Info

This program provides an opportunity to explore and implement the ATD E-Learning Design Model. You will see examples and have the opportunity to practice the skills needed to develop asynchronous e-learning experiences that motivate learners to examine and adjust their behavior.

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This program provides an opportunity to explore and implement the ATD E-Learning Design Model. You will see examples and have the opportunity to practice the skills needed to develop asynchronous e-learning experiences that motivate learners to examine and adjust their behavior.

The course includes opportunities to practice designing effective e-learning, investigating and applying instructional methodologies that support learning, and incorporating best practices into your own projects.

Why should I attend?

  • Gain practical experience applying the ATD E-Learning Design Model.
  • Apply instructional design principles to e-learning design in a purposeful way.
  • Explore ways to present, structure, and sequence content that is learner-centric.
  • Learn a variety of techniques for enhancing learning motivation and commitment.

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What You Will Learn
  • Develop an evidence-based instructional design strategy that encourages changes in behavior and performance.
  • Design e-learning experiences using the ATD E-Learning Design Model.
  • Create design planning and design tools that effectively describe the course structure to stakeholders and the course design to developers.
  • Create an e-learning interface design influenced by learner experience design principles.
  • Engage in accuracy and technical quality review.
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Topic 1: Underlying Instructional Design Principles
Why E-Learning?
Promoting Learning
ATD E-Learning Design Model
Output of Design
Identify Needs
Learning Objectives
Topic 2: E-Learning Instructional Design
Design Decisions
Topic 3: E-Learning Design Tools—Design Documents
Design Management Strategy
Creating Design Documents
Topic 4: E-Learning Design Tools—Storyboards
Storyboard Process
Define the Approach
Structure Your E-Learning
Design the Interface
Write the Content
Creating Storyboards
Topic 5: E-Learning Quality Control
Checking for Accuracy
Testing Course Functionality
Managing Feedback
Who Should Attend
  • Practitioners new to asynchronous e-learning design and development but experienced in training and performance, and those who want to brush up on the newest techniques.
  • Instructional designers, curriculum builders, learning managers, 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.

Level: Capable
Roles: Learning Technologist, Instructional Designer
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Sheryl Hughey

“The virtual classroom gave me the opportunity to network with training professionals from all over the United States and the world! The quality of the content, along with the blend of theory, best practices, and real-life scenarios made for an outstanding learning experience."

Laura Hawk
Laura Hawk

"I highly recommend this class. This program really gives you an idea of how to design/develop effective and efficient e-learning. It provided a lot of valuable examples and discussion that helped foster a great learning environment/curriculum.

Whether you are just starting your e-learning journey or have been in the action for a while, this course was able to reach out to all different learners and presented challenges for everyone.”

Xochitl Flores

“The E-Learning Certificate was an awesome course as my role as an L&D manager is evolving with technology. I was exposed to different techniques and applications that I am able to implement at my work immediately.”

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    Orlando, FL
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Things to Know


For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 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.

For multi-week, live online programs with five 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. To be marked complete for that one session, please email [email protected]. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


14.0 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 14.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


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