Certificate in e-learning Instructional Design

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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UW Professional & Continuing Education


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Who should attend

Professionals who work with e-learning content and those in education and training roles who want to enter the field.

About the course

E-learning has gone mainstream. The impact of technology on learning and training in the last few decades has been enormous at traditional educational institutions, large companies and small businesses alike. The resulting changes are accelerating as the spread of high-speed internet access and powerful tech devices creates a high demand for experienced professionals in this field.

In this four-course certificate program, you’ll get a complete immersion in the art and science of e-learning and instructional design. We’ll cover the essentials of e-learning and the tools and techniques for developing and managing courses and programs. You’ll explore different ways to assess program quality and effectiveness. It all comes together in a final special project that you can add to your professional portfolio.

What you’ll learn

  • Methods for selecting the appropriate technology and course structure
  • How to evaluate delivery formats for cost and efficiency and troubleshoot scheduling, budgeting and planning challenges
  • Standard and emerging tools and technologies for creating, delivering and accessing course materials
  • How to repurpose existing materials for interactivity and online delivery
  • Key concepts for quantitative and qualitative evaluation and assessment

Get hands-on experience

You’ll produce your own e-learning curriculum or training module and give an online presentation of your work.

Learning Format

Online, group-paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings.


Ronnie Ashline

If you want to transform boring e-learning into something memorable and useful, Ronnie Ashline can help. Ashline has spent 16 years building learning experiences and has long been an active learner and a self-taught critic of the implementation of experiential and blended learning. In addition to...

Matt Saavedra

Matt Saavedra has more than a decade of experience in the field of e-learning and instructional design. He has worked in corporate and public instructional design jobs and has managed and implemented large-scale learning management systems. In his current role with the UW Office of Enrollment Man...

Rachael Scott

Rachael Scott believes that engaged communication and thoughtful, nuanced feedback is key to effective learning, if not to all successful human interactions. She partners with university departments to develop multimedia e-learning focused on learner outcomes and student success. She has trained ...

Alessandra Berns

Alessandra Berns has a strong background in training and organizational readiness. She has held several learning manager roles leading the design, delivery and execution of global employee development programs for organizations. She is adept at proactively working with teams to clarify workforce ...

Antoinette Davis

Dr. Antoinette Marie Davis is an instructional designer and online math instructor at Colorado State University-Global Campus. As an instructional designer, she works on various projects from creating courses in the Canvas LMS and crafting course copies to updating course information in the Frost...

Sharmaine Regisford

Sharmaine Regisford is a senior instructional designer in the University of Washington’s College of Education Cultivate Learning. She has more than 20 years’ experience in both K-12 and higher education as a classroom teacher, online course facilitator and instructional designer. Sharmaine worked...

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Certificate in e-learning Instructional Design at UW Professional & Continuing Education

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