UW Professional & Continuing Education

Certificate in e-learning Instructional Design

Available dates

Jan 6—Jun 14, 2020
USD 4606


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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.


  • 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


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



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.

Who should attend

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

Trust the experts

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...


Karen Dowdall-Sandford

I am a strategic and performance-driven Talent Leader with 18+ years of outstanding results in business, learning, and organizational development, able to quickly galvanize individuals and businesses to reach their goals. I have extensive experience setting strategic direction, developing learnin...


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...


Elizabeth Spring

Liz Spring has been designing and developing online academic curriculum and workplace training for eight years and has extensive experience teaching on-site, hybrid and online courses and workshops. In her current role as a senior instructional designer for the online learning department at UW Ed...


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