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Certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design

Create and Conduct Engaging E-Learning Experiences


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Times: Flexible, Evenings, Days
  • Cost: $4,726

Next start date:

January 10, 2022

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About this Program

E-learning has gone mainstream. The impact of technology on learning and training in the last few decades has been enormous at traditional educational institutions, large companies and small businesses alike. The resulting changes are accelerating as the spread of high-speed internet access and powerful tech devices create a high demand for experienced professionals in this field.

In this four-course certificate program, you’ll get a complete immersion in the art and science of e-learning and instructional design. We’ll cover the essentials of e-learning and the tools and techniques for developing and managing courses and programs. You’ll explore different ways to assess program quality and effectiveness. It all comes together in a final special project that you can add to your professional portfolio. 

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Professionals who work with e-learning content and those in education and training roles who want to enter the field.

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Video Overview

Instructors for the Certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design explain how the program can help students forge a successful career in this growing field.

Duration: 03:35


  • Methods for selecting the appropriate technology and course structure
  • How to evaluate delivery formats for cost and efficiency, and troubleshoot scheduling, budgeting and planning challenges
  • Standard and emerging tools and technologies for creating, delivering and accessing course materials
  • How to repurpose existing materials for interactivity and online delivery
  • Key concepts for quantitative and qualitative evaluation and assessment


You’ll produce your own e-learning curriculum or training module and give an online presentation of your work.


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: a regular version consisting of four courses over three quarters, and an intensive version consisting of four courses over two quarters.

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

Closed Sessions

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