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E-Learning Certificate: Designing Effective E-Learning


This course may completed on its own or as part of our Instructional Design Certificate program.  Save $240 when you register for the full certificate. Click here for for details

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Designing Effective E-Learning aims to apply knowledge of current learning theories by incorporating research-based principles of online learning. In this course, you will explore the use of instructional design strategies and tools to develop effective e-learning for a wide range of learners.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Define and compare e-learning to other modes of learning
  • Identify the characteristics of meaningful learning
  • Analyze learner and task needs
  • Relate learning theories and knowledge acquisition models (Bloom's taxonomy, learning styles, behaviorism, objectivism, cognitivism, constructivism, backward design principles, etc.) to instructional strategies and learning outcomes
  • Develop concise, measurable and meaningful learner outcomes
  • Compare and contrast a variety of e-learning instructional strategies and tools

Time Commitment: Plan for 3-6 hours of work per week.

Instructional Design Certificate

This course is a part of the E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate, which includes:

If you are new to instructional design, it is strongly recommended that you take the courses sequentially. Students must complete all other courses before beginning the E-Learning Practicum.

College Partners

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

Master's Degree in Learning Design and Technology

Upon completing this E-Learning Certificate, you can apply six units toward the University of San Diego's Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology.
The LDT program is fully designed to help you gain the skills, technical knowledge, and hands-on practice needed to achieve what lies ahead. 
There's never been a better time to be an instructional designer and the LDT program offers a practical curriculum addressing skills employers are looking for.  The degree program is built with the flexibility for working professionals to earn their master’s degree in just 20 months while working 100% online.
Essentially, by completing OSU's E-Learning Certificate, you will have a résumé worthy credential and you'll be closer to completing a full MS degree!
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Winter Dates
Nov. 21, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
Six weeks | Asynchronous
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+ $60 non-refundable registration fee
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3.6 CEUs | 36 Hours

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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.

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