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Instructional Design Certificate: Learning Experience Design (LXD)

Earn this valuable 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 cohort and earn your certificate in just ten months:

  • Lifelong Learning Engagement Learning Strategies | May 2 - June 12, 2022
    Don't miss out: Register and join our current cohort through May 7!
  • Advanced Tools and E-Learning Trends | June 27 - Aug. 7, 2022
  • UX/UI for Experience Design | Aug. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022
  • Elements of Learning Experience Design | Oct. 7 - Nov. 17, 2022
  • LXD Practicum: Applications in the Wild | Jan. 2 - Feb. 12, 2023

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


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

E-learning provides an excellent opportunity for working parents taking 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 online educational experience using the latest designs that help the learner succeed.

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, 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 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 me further 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 develop next-level skills that advance your instructional design career. 

In this program you will:

  • Learn essential insights on LX Design and how it differs from other approaches
  • Research strategies and methods to engage your learners in a lifelong process of continuing their education
  • Cover the latest trends and tools in e-learning that are changing the ways we think of online education and engaging with our learners
  • Examine tools such as Articulate 360 in order to craft compelling digital learning environments
  • Investigate UX/UI approaches as they relate to online education and consider how you can integrate these into your own materials

You will also receive customized feedback on your assignments from our expert instructors, helping you grow and build your portfolio. And you will join a cohort of professionals looking to advance their education and interact via discussion boards, creating a networking opportunity with others working in the field.

Elevate Learner Experience

This certificate program is designed for those who want to create or improve their online learning materials and will help you:

  • Facilitate powerful learning experiences
  • Design digitally-mediated and/or physical learning environments that exceed limitations found in other instructional design strategies
  • Explore the intersection of instructional design and UI/UX
  • Implement design research and develop experiential learning experiences
  • Incorporate principles of human computer interaction, UX/UI design and user-centered development cycles
  • Leverage the inherent complexities and beauty of human learning

At the end you’ll have a certificate from Oregon State University certifying your experience and knowledge.

Learning Experience Design (LXD) Certificate

This LXD certificate series includes the following five component courses. 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 completed before taking the LXD practicum. 

College Partners

This course 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 online instructional design principles (and tools). The program takes a “deeper dive” approach to analyzing and addressing 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 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. The program provides foundational coverage of instructional design principles and tools. The courses tend to have a very practical, applied approach (especially) the E-Learning Tools and Practicum courses). The foundational skills and know-how gained by learners should 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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LXD Practicum: Applications in the Wild

Fall 2022 Dates
Oct. 10 - Nov. 20, 2022
Winter Dates
Jan. 2 - Feb. 12, 2023

LXD: Advanced Tools and E-Learning Trends

Summer 2022
Jun. 27 - Aug. 7, 2022
Winter 2023
Jan. 30 - Mar. 12, 2023

Instructional Design Course: Elements of Learning Experience Design

Oct. 7 - Nov. 17, 2022
Oct. 17 - Nov 27, 2022

Instructional Design Course: Lifelong Learning Engagement Strategies

Dec. 5, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2023

Instructional Design Course: UX/UI for Experience Design

Fall 2022
Aug. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022
Spring 2023
Mar. 27 - May 7, 2023

"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.

Kimberly Fandiño

Kim has been an educator since 1995. She has a serious passion with helping teachers reach students because she believes that the academic experience can and should be rewarding as a teacher as well as a student. Kim teaches Spanish at a local High School and at the university level has taught Active Research, Data classes, instructional strategies and engagement strategies since 2009.

Jo Baker

Jo Baker has over 15 years experience in the adult learning field, with the past five years focused on instructional design for E-learning. She works with corporate and healthcare clients to design meaningful online learning experiences that incorporate micro-learning, learner-led design, scenarios and story-telling. As an instructor, Jo is invested in supporting a robust online learning community and in the application of learning theory to real-life learning challenges.

Johanna Wood

Johanna Wood is passionate about using user experience design to better contextualize and analysis the human needs within an experience. She has consulted as a UX design researcher for both public and private businesses to deliver measurable insights about user audiences and their experiences. She enjoys working collaboratively with other specialists to ensure that every project takes a human-centered approach that aligns with a design criteria and client needs.

Past Students' Work

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