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E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate

Great e-learning starts with great instructional design.

Use instructional design principles and models to design asynchronous e-learning courses that engage participants and meet business outcomes.

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Credits: CEU 2.1 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Learning Technologist More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design More



Course Info

Self-paced e-learning can be deployed in a variety of ways—from full courses to performance support opportunities to blended learning experiences. Regardless of how you use e-learning, intentional and thoughtful instructional design is an essential element. Well-designed e-learning courses and modules engage learners and enable them to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.

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Self-paced e-learning can be deployed in a variety of ways—from full courses to performance support opportunities to blended learning experiences. Regardless of how you use e-learning, intentional and thoughtful instructional design is an essential element. Well-designed e-learning courses and modules engage learners and enable them to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.

This course covers the entire instructional design process from start to finish and shows you how to apply that process to e-learning projects. Under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, you’ll have the chance to focus on and practice critical e-learning course creation tasks, including:

  • Creating an e-learning design plan
  • Storyboarding content and planning for development
  • Choosing delivery media (video, text, SCORM, etc.)
  • Working with SMEs to develop e-learning content
  • Curating and creating content for self-paced learning

Based upon extensive research in the field, ATD's E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate combines the latest techniques with proven e-learning design strategies*.

Why You Should Attend:

  • Explore ways to present, structure, and sequence e-learning content that is learner-centric, engaging, and impactful.
  • Use design thinking and rapid prototyping to minimize rework and accelerate your e-learning project.
  • Gain access to a collection of more than 20 templates and tools you can use immediately on the job.
  • Earn an industry-recognized ATD certificate, continuing education credits, and an ATD digital badge to share with your networks.

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This training course is tailored to the unique needs of professionals who design self-paced e-learning. ATD offers additional instructional design courses for the field:

*This certificate course aligns to the Instructional Design Capability of the Talent Development Capability Model. The concepts covered in the course are reflected in the Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoKTM), the definitive resource for the talent development profession, covering 23 capability areas.
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What You Will Learn
  • Apply learning theories and models, the steps of ADDIE, and the needs assessment process to the development of e-learning modules and courses.
  • Identify behavioral outcomes and create learning objectives for e-learning modules and courses.
  • Apply the elements of the course design process to design, develop, and curate content for e-learning modules and courses.
  • Identify design thinking and rapid prototyping techniques for e-learning modules and courses.
  • Evaluate the impact of your e-learning modules and courses, as well as your project and development processes, to foster continuous improvement.
  • Determine your level of future readiness in e-learning instructional design, and develop a plan for continued learning.
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What Is E-Learning?

E-learning is a structured course or learning experience delivered electronically; it can also include performance support content. Read more.

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E-Learning Design Basics
  • Adult Learning Theories, Learning Models, & Memory
  • Human Performance Improvement
  • Instructional Design Models
  • The ADDIE Model
Needs Assessment for E-Learning
  • Definition and Value of a Needs Assessment
  • Six Steps of a Needs Assessment
  • Three Levels of Needs Assessment
  • Data Collection Techniques
Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping
  • How Design Thinking Can Improve Instructional Design
  • Applying Design Thinking to Instructional Design
  • Rapid Methodologies and Prototyping
  • Moving to Implementing and Evaluating
Developing Learning Outcomes and Objectives for E-Learning
  • Defining Outcomes and Objectives
  • Behavioral Outcomes
  • Learning Objectives
  • Techniques for Writing Learning Objectives
Course Design Process for E-Learning
  • Instructional Modality Options
  • Basic Course Design
  • Course Map Plan and Modules
Selecting Delivery Methods and Media for E-Learning
  • What Are Instructional Methods?
  • Instructional Methods Options and Considerations
  • Selecting Delivery Media and Technology
Working With SMEs to Curate and Create E-Learning Content
  • Curation and Creation of Content
  • Using SMEs in Instructional Design
Developing Content for E-Learning
  • The Two Major Categories of Learning
  • Levels of Learning Considerations
  • Techniques for Structuring Content
  • Considerations for Structuring Content
Designing and Developing E-Learning Materials
  • Designing Learning Materials With the Learner in Mind
  • Techniques for Developing E-Learning Materials
  • A Closer Look at Design
  • Designing Materials to Assess Learning
Evaluation for E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Evaluating Talent Development Solutions
  • Evaluation Methodologies
  • Creating an Evaluation Plan
Who Should Attend

Practitioners new to e-learning design and development and those who specialize in this area in their professional role will benefit from this course. Those who want to brush up on the newest e-learning design techniques, as well as instructional designers, curriculum builders, learning managers, content developers, and courseware producers will also benefit. You do not have to be an instructional designer to gain value from this program.

If you are designing courses for face-to-face training in the classroom or across many learning formats, consider our Instructional Design Certificate instead. If you are designing learning for a virtual classroom, such as Webex, Zoom, Adobe Connect, or Microsoft Teams, consider the Virtual Instructional Design Certificate.

Level: Capable
Roles: Learning Technologist, Instructional Designer
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Brad Poindexter

"The knowledge gained from this class, once applied to my design approaches, will yield a much more learner-centric, interactive and impactful learning experience for my audience."

Tomeria Allen

"The E-Learning Instructional Design course definitely inspired me to create more engaging, motivating and fun e-learning courses."

Nazmina Mohammed

“The amazing access to resources from webinars to e-books to professional development courses. I'd be lost without ATD!”

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For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

For multi-week, live online programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. To be marked complete for that one session, please email For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


21.0 learning hours

2.1 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 21.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 21.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 21.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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