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Advanced Instructional Design Certificate: Learning Experience Design (LXD)

Earn this valuable LXD Advanced Instructional Design Certificate credential in just ten months!


Save $240 when you enroll in the complete certificate series (waiver of $240 in individual course registration fees). 

Register today, and you'll gain instant admission to our popular five-course online series. Select our next-available courses in the following order, and complete your certificate in around 10 months!

  • UX/UI for Experience Design | Aug. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022
  • Elements of Learning Experience Design | Oct. 7 - Nov. 17, 2022
  • Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies | Dec. 5, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023
  • Advanced Tools and E-Learning Trends | Jan. 30 - Mar. 12, 2023
  • LXD Practicum: Applications in the Wild | May 22- July 2, 2023

Note: Additional dates/offerings may be available/visible during registration. 


The online education space is thriving and reaching more learner every year.

E-learning provides an excellent opportunity for working parents who need to take their  classes in the evenings, international students looking for diverse education, or anyone who wants to navigate materials on their schedule and collaborate in an online environment. As educators creating these materials, we have an opportunity to create high-quality online learning experiences centered on the learner and utilizing the latest e-learning technologies.

Our Learning Experience Design (LXD) Certificate will help you develop your courses or training using cutting-edge research theory, frameworks, and practices that will help learners thrive.

Whether you’re a current educator looking to move your courses online, an informal educator (museums, outdoors, parks, etc.) wanting to broaden your audience, or are someone who is already invested in e-learning and is looking to hone your skills to the next level, you can benefit from the expert training and insight in this program. Click to learn more about what is learning experience design and view a glossary of OSU's LXD terms.


Ethan Cayko - LXD"I found the assignments in this program directly applicable to my work and career while simultaneously providing me new information to help advance my professional growth. Very good design." ~ Ethan Cayko 


Why Study Learning Experience Design (LXD) and UX Design at OSU?

Oregon State University is at the forefront of online education, and our renowned College of Education has been working with educators in Oregon and beyond for almost one hundred years. This certificate program will enable you to develop next-level skills that will undoubtedly help you to advance your Instructional Design career. You will receive customized feedback on your assignments from our expert instructors, who will facilitate your progress through the program. You will also have an opportunity to engage and network with your peers who are also looking to advance their skills. One of the beauties of adult education is that when each participant brings with them and shares their perspectives, experiences, and expertise, all may benefit.  Our goal is to model and elevate your learning experience, while you learn expertise in this field.

Elevate Learner Experience

As a result of participating in this program, the successful learner will be able to:
  1. Systematically develop experiential learning that’s aligned to meet established outcomes by applying principles and practices of instructional design, human-computer interaction and UX/UI design cycles.
  2. Embrace the tensions between the learning sciences, instructional design, design thinking and Designerly ways of knowing as sources of innovation.
  3. Recognize and leverage wicked problems, empathy and the inherent complexities and beauty of human learning to promote learning.
  4. Transform ordinary lessons into powerful “events” by incorporating the conative, cognitive, affective, & psychomotor domains and Gagne’s framework.
  5. Innovate and develop a toolkit of online resources that will promote andragogy and learner engagement. 
  6. Implement a process of continual improvement to evaluate, reflect on and make improvements to a learning experience prior to its next implementation.
In the end, you’ll have a certificate from Oregon State University certifying your experience and expertise. 

Learning Experience Design (LXD) Certificate

Register for the five-course series up front and save $240, or enroll in courses one at a time. 

  1. Elements of Learning Experience Design
  2. UX/UI for Experience Design
  3. Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies
  4. Advanced Tools and E-Learning Trends
  5. LXD Practicum: Applications in the Wild

Note: The first four courses above may be taken in any order, but all four must be completed before taking the LXD practicum. 

College Partners

This program is a collaboration between Oregon State University College of Education and Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education.

Certificate Spotlight and Comparison

Our Learning Experience Design Certificate and E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate are related but separate.

Both are great, flexible options for career switchers. Here's a quick comparison.

  • Generally, the Learning Experience Design (LXD) Certificate program assumes participants start with an existing base of knowledge/experience regarding E-learning instructional design principles (and tools). The program takes a “deeper dive” approach to analyze and address learner experience in several different ways. 
    Certain elements involve “design thinking” methods, including multidisciplinary approaches to analyzing and addressing diverse learner needs. The program models use of some more advanced digital tools along the way. Unlike a number of other LXD programs, we utilize a foundation of cutting-edge research and practice to promote the transformation of ordinary lessons into powerful “Events” so learning is experienced and long-remembered. What also sets our LXD program apart is that we embrace principles from the learning sciences, instructional design, design thinking, and “designerly” ways of knowing and welcome the tensions between these as sources of innovation. We also focus on andragogical principles and practices, and empathy as an essential practice to promote understanding of ‘wicked problems’ to leverage the inherent complexities and beauty of human learning. And in a holistic fashion, we promote the designing of deep and memorable learning by leveraging the conative, cognitive, affective, & psychomotor domains. 

    Put simply, the Learning Experience Design program may be more appropriate for someone with significant knowledge of - or already working in - the field of instructional design/online course development.

  • The E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate, by contrast, is typically more suited for educators, designers or others preparing to transition to an instructional design role or career. This program provides foundational coverage of instructional design principles and tools. The courses tend to have a very practical, applied approach (especially) with the E-Learning Tools and Practicum courses). The foundational skills and know-how gained by learners will undoubtedly  allow them to implement effective instructional design (i.e., build online courses/interactives) using a variety of tools and platforms.  
Multiple dates
Each course takes six weeks to complete
100% Online | Asynchronous
price (2)
Full Certificate: $2,635 $2,395
+ $60 non-refundable registration fee
Additional Information:
18 CEUs | 180 PDUs

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Advanced Instructional Design: Applications in the Wild

Winter 2023 Dates
Jan. 16 - Feb. 26
Spring 2023 Dates
May 22 - July 2

Advanced Instructional Design: Advanced Tools and E-Learning Trends

Winter 2023
Jan. 30 - Mar. 12, 2023

Advanced Instructional Design: Elements of Learning Experience Design

Oct. 17 - Nov. 27, 2022

Advanced Instructional Design: Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies

Dec. 5, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023

Advanced Instructional Design: UX/UI for Experience Design

Fall 2022
Aug. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022
Spring 2023
Mar. 27 - May 7, 2023
Question: Within each six-week module of the Learning Design program, how often are the class lectures? Is it synchronous or asynchronous?  ~ Joan K.

All of the courses in the  Learning Experience Design (LXD)  Certificate Series are asynchronous. That means there are no specific dates or times when you need to be online and there are no live meetings. There are a number of recorded lectures in each course as well as other informational content. 

Typically, during each week of the course, a new module of content will be released, and weekly assignments or activities will be assigned that can be completed at any time before their due date. For instance, if you have an assignment that's due on Sunday, you get to choose when and where you complete it.

The benefit of this format is that you attend class at a time that works best for you.

Question: Does the LXD Instructional Design coursework need to be completed in a certain amount of time or can you take a 6-week course, then take a break, then take another 6-week course, etc.?  ~ Kerensa S.
Answer: You do not need to complete the entire LXD certificate program in any specific amount of time. You can take the individual courses fairly spread out if you would prefer to do that. Please note that each course is on a timeline once you start it and that courses are only offered on specific dates. 
Question: Is the UX course self-paced? ~ Gina G.

Each course in the LXD Certificate series is entirely asynchronous, which means there are no specific dates or times when you need to be online and there are no live meetings. However, each course is instructor-led and not self-paced, so assignments are (typically) due every week. The benefit of the asynchronous format is that you can choose when and where you complete each assignment.

Question: Curious about the typical amount of time commitment for each six-week class (class hours per week as well as expected assignment workload, etc...). I'm trying to understand the time commitment while also working full-time.  ~ Amy N.

Typically, instructional design LXD learners commit about 8-10 hours of coursework a week.  It could also be more or less depending on each learner. The Learning Experience Design series is online and instructor-led, which means you can choose when and where you log in for each week's session. There are short assignments or activities with specific due dates as determined by the instructor. 

"I thought the course materials were well chosen to give us a good cross-section of ideas and showing us ways of exploring further after the course ended. I already have recommended this LXD certificate program to my co-workers."

Andrew Gustafson

"I am grateful for the opportunity to take these courses online and that they are asynchronous--I don't know that I would be able to take them if they were synchronous because of my work schedule and I am definitely not able to take them in person, so I really appreciate the availability of these courses. Thank you."

Sally L.


Lynne Hindman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynne Hindman is an educator and resourceful lifelong learner who values partnerships, teamwork, and building bridges across organizations. Certified PreK-12 school principal, tenured teacher, college administrator, university instructor, researcher, and community educator. Lynne has a Masters in Educational Leadership; Specialist in Ed. Administration; and a PhD in Adult & Higher Education with a specialty in Community College Leadership.

Josh Bancroft
E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate

Josh Bancroft is a lifelong geek who taught himself to type in computer programs to play games when he was 5 years old, and has been fascinated by the intersection of learning and technology ever since. Josh has a Masters degreee in Adult Education and Organizational Development from Oregon State University, and works on software education and community initiatives in the Developer Relations group at Intel.

Laura Boehme, Ph.D.

Laura Boehme, Ph.D., has been teaching in higher education for more than 12 years. Dr. Boehme currently serves as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer at Central Oregon Community College (COCC). She has also taught for COCC, Oregon State Ecampus, and Purdue University in areas such as business, human resources, computer information systems, ethics, adult learning theory, needs assessment, project management and e-learning design and development. She earned a Master’s in Adult Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, both from Oregon State University. was born in Reno, Nevada. Her family has lived in Bend, Oregon for 20 years, enjoying the beautiful outdoors via biking, running and hiking.

Dr. Boehme is very much an advocate for "constructionist" and “self-directed” models of learning, treating learning as a process of growth, building and becoming (rather than an object to be acquired or transmitted). Her approach typically includes creating a welcoming and engaging learning environment for students to immerse in the learning content, coupled with reflection and sharing to enhance the learning experience. She provides “scaffolding” the learning to aid learners in building foundational skills and competencies, upon which other learning can then be layered as the learner is ready to move to a new level. She looks forwards to partnering with you as your guide and support in our program.

Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Ph.D.

Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Ph.D., is a learning scientist, educator, learning experience designer, and critical theorist. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning Technology at Drexel University. He has worked at Texas A&M University, Drexel University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University and Chemeketa Community College. Dr. Donaldson’s specialties include constructionist learning, critical pedagogy, epistemic learning, design thinking and creativity. His current research involves the relationship between conceptualizations of learning, conceptual metaphors of learning, worldview and practices in teaching and learning.

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