Instructional Design Certificate (Fully Online)

Offered by The International Society for Educational Technology | taught by Edmund Forest, Ph.D.

Course description

Learn the latest developments in instructional design for online education and employ a variety of multimedia technology tools to design, create and evaluate engaging learning experiences.

This course includes best practices and the research that supports those best practices, along with templates and other helpful guides.


Creating Effective Online and Blended Courses

While designing this course, our purpose was pretty straight forward: help instructors create materials and provide guidance for the best practices in online teaching.

Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.

Key Learning Goals

By the end of this instructional design course, you should be able to:

  • Apply the Understanding by Design (Backward Design) framework to course design
  • Write effective, measurable learning objectives
  • Design assessments based on desired outcomes
  • Connect learning objectives to course activities and assessments
  • Construct and deploy an online lesson and incorporate e-learning technologies
  • Identify, evaluate, and integrate emerging technologies to support online learning
  • Link high quality education research to policy and practice
  • Apply instructional design theory and research, universal design, usability concepts, and analyze learning styles in the development of e-learning activities.
  • Comply with copyright and accessibility standards

Who Should Attend

This course is highly recommended for any instructor interested in developing an online, blended or hybrid course, flipped classroom or MOOC. This program is designed for:

  • Instructional designers
  • Online course builders
  • Emerging professionals wanting to break into the field
  • Individuals seeking a career change or position within the e-learning instructional design field
  • Training managers or coordinators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Professionals who have taken on a training role within their department
  • Anyone developing and/or teaching an online course

Time Involved in the Course

This course is taught entirely online. There is no set time frame, you can do the activities when it suits you best. The modules are self-paced.

These modules self-paced, meaning there are no deadlines, and the materials will be available indefinitely for you to work through on your own schedule. The eight modules can be completed in any order and should serve as a resource for you during the creation of your online course.

Edmund Forest, Ph.D.
Edmund Forest, Ph.D.

I hold a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Purdue University - West Lafayette.

I have published several research articles in various scholarly journals. My current research focus is on student-centered interactive learning environments. My goal is to help students improve their learning capabilities through the integration of technology.

I have taught a variety of instructional design courses in diverse settings (undergraduate, graduate and K-12) and formats (online, hybrid and face-to-face).

Course Curriculum

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