E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate

Elevate your training to a virtual level with asynchronous e-learning programs.

Invigorate your traditional instructional design with fresh e-learning techniques. Based on examples from organizations that have implemented successful virtual training programs, 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.

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.

The E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate runs from January 22–23, 2018. The workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. each day.

Learning Objectives

By the end of 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.
  • Apply the principles of effective e-learning navigation.
  • Use e-learning success prerequisites to improve programs.
  • Apply the steps of successive approximation for e-learning projects.
  • Evaluate e-learning programs and make recommendations for improvements.


This program is designed for practitioners new to e-learning technology but not inexperienced in training and performance; practitioners wanting to brush up on the newest techniques; instructional designers; curriculum builders; learning managers; courseware producers; 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.

Program Topics

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Ethan Edwards has been designing online instruction for almost 25 years, beginning with work at the PLATO laboratory at the University of Illinois, continuing through positions at Authorware, Macromedia, Microsoft, and as a consultant with a host of top companies in the United States and abroad. As Chief Knowledge Officer at Allen Interactions, a nationally recognized company dedicated to creating the world's best custom e-learning applications, Ethan is responsible for internal and external training and communication regarding Allen Interactions' unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. While focused primarily on corporate training, Ethan has comprehensive experience with education and government institutions, having worked extensively in libraries and schools as a full-time consultant with the Lincoln Trail Libraries System in Champaign, Illinois. He is also a licensed secondary mathematics teacher. He is the primary instructor for ASTD's Instructional Design for E-Learning certificate course, and has spoken at conferences and private presentations throughout the world.


  • 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.

Registration Fees

ATD Member: US $1,120
Nonmember: US $1,480*

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