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In a time of unprecedented upheaval, the need for professionals who can create powerful learning experiences is greater than ever. Our online non-credit certificates prepare you to lead change in K-12 systems, higher education, educational technology, corporate training settings and beyond.
Choose from two stackable credentials. Build a foundation in instructional design or advance your skills to the next level. Or earn both non-credit certificates in just over a year.
Combine technology with a human-centered approach. Prepare to build engaging experiences in online, in-person, and hybrid settings—while keeping the learner at the core.
Apply your skills while you’re learning. Our programs combine theories with real-world practice. You’ll emerge with a comprehensive portfolio of course design plans, storyboards, module prototypes, learning activities, and more.
Prepare to meet a growing need. Demand for instructional designers is expected to increase as much as 11 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Learn on your own time,
from anywhere in the world.
You won’t have to disrupt your
personal or professional life.
The Fast Track
Earn one certificate in six months,
or both in just over a year.
Foundational Certificate begins Jan 24th, 2022
Advanced Certificate begins Sept 12th. 2022
We welcome everyone from recent college graduates and career changers to experienced instructional designers. If you have an interest in creating exceptional learning experiences for K-12 students, higher education, or government and corporate learners, this program is for you. The only prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree in any field.
Choose from two stackable credentials: a foundational certificate that’s ideal for recent college graduates and career changers, and an advanced certificate that takes you to the next level.
Modules will be taken through Canvas Catalog, which is a learning management system that allows students to submit assignments and interact with each other and their module facilitator. Work will primarily be asynchronous, with one live session per module with your facilitator and your cohort.
You’ll learn current and emerging practices in pedagogy, course design, educational technology, and interactive content development.
At the end of the Foundational Instructional Design for Learning certificate program, students will be able to:
At the end of the Advanced Instructional Design for Learning certificate program, students will be able to:
Study everything from human-centered design to interactive learning experiences. Consisting of four five-week modules, this six month program builds the foundational skills required to coordinate and develop online courses and curricula. You’ll develop workforce-ready skills and build a hands-on portfolio.
Explore the practical use of Instructional Systems Design models and emergent practices in learning experience design.
Learn to apply theories of learning (behaviorist, cognitivist, sociocultural) and related frameworks (i.e. community of inquiry), as well as basic human-centered design principles and Formative Education.
Learn to facilitate the design process, including design thinking, stakeholder management, supporting diverse stakeholders, and the project life cycle.
Leverage multimedia authoring tools and platforms to design for interactivity and learner engagement.
Build the skills you need to assess, evaluate, and build media. The seven month program consists of four five-week modules and a real-world capstone project that aligns with your professional goals. You’ll end up with an impressive portfolio of work to show potential employers.
Study the process of design evaluation and iteration using common criteria and rubrics (such asOSCQR, Quality Matters, and OLC) to assess the efficacy of digital learning design.
Learn methodologies for assessing learning (both outcomes and competencies) in digital learning contexts using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.
Explore UDL, accessibility, equity and inclusion in learning
Prepare to develop instructional multimedia, including video, audio, and animation for learning.
Complete a real-world instructional design project that synthesizes everything you’ve learned and demonstrates your capacity. The Learners will be encouraged to identify their project atthe beginning of the advanced certificate. Capstone students will receive expert feedback from the instructor as well as input from their fellow certificate program students.
September 12th, 2022
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Bachelor's Degree and
Either have completed the Foundational certificate or have the knowledge listed on the Foundational certificate under Learning Outcomes.
“Education and work are undergoing a sea change, creating a greater need for instructional designers who can create positive learning experiences. Professionals with those skills will play an important role in helping create the next normal for learning, whether that’s in higher education, a K-12 setting, or corporate training and development.”