Learn the latest developments in instructional design for online education and employ a variety of multimedia technology tools to develop engaging, effective technology-based courses.

Designed For
Individuals desiring professional development or continuing education in eLearning design, development, and instruction. These may include K-12 teachers and administrators, college and university instructors and administrators, instructional designers, business trainers, human resource managers and business leaders.
Designing Effective E-Learning, July 31 - September 10, 2017
Exploring E-Learning Tools, September 18 - October 29, 2017
Developing and Implementing E-Learning, January 8 - February 18, 2018
E-Learning Assessment and Evaluation, February 26 - April 8, 2018
E-Learning Practicum, April 24 - June 4, 2017, January 8 - February 18, 2018 OR April 16 - May 27, 2018
$1755 certificate, $390 per course
Five course series to complete the entire certificate
90 professional development units, 9 continuing education units

Please note: These are non-academic credit education units for use in job promotions or documenting professional development. These units do not count as academic credit towards degrees or college coursework at OSU. 
Required Textbook: 

Arshavskiy, Marina. (2013) Instructional Design for eLearning: Essential guide to creating successful eLearning courses. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.ISBN-10:1492920878  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1492920878  
Recommended Textbooks:

Vai, Marjorie and Sosulki, Kristen. (October 25, 2015) Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide 2nd Edition. Routledge; ISBN-10:1138780162 http://www.amazon.com/Essentials-Online-Course-Design-Standards-Based/dp/1138780162


Oregon State University's Professional and Continuing Education program, in partnership with OSU College of Education, offers this comprehensive e-learning instructional design certification at a cost half that of similar offerings. It's a great opportunity for you to learn ways to integrate technology more meaningfully in the classroom or to meet rising demand for self-paced, online learning. 

Growing demand for online education means lucrative and fulfilling new opportunities for educators and technology pros.

What Makes this E-Learning Program Unique

OSU's E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate is designed to equip with the skills to enter - or advance in - the field of instructional design.

This program provides you with broad exposure to principles and applications of E-learning. It offers research and practice based information on:

  • How to effectively develop E-learning courses
  • How to use instructional technology to develop curriculum that motivates and engages the learner
  • How to apply instructional design theories or models and builds technical skills that apply to a variety of E-learning settings

You'll learn about when and how to use various E-learning tools including authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate or Articulate, Web 2.0 resources, LMS, discussion boards, simulations, etc.

You'll learn proven strategies for designing online instruction in areas to match today’s varied educational and business needs.

What Comprises the E-Learning Certificate

This certificate series includes the following five component courses, which may be completed in any order; however, it is recommended that you complete all other courses before beginning your practicum. Register for the full series or your choice of individual courses:

Designing Effective E-Learning

Exploring E-Learning Tools

Developing and Implementing E-Learning

E-Learning Assessment and Evaluation

E-Learning Practicum

Earning an OSU Certificate

Once you complete the five course program, you'll receive an E-learning certificate as well as a digital badge in E-Learning Instructional Design and Development, which you can show off on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms to highlight this industry-leading credential with friends, colleagues and potential employers!



PACE E-Learning Certificate Advisory Committee:

Jennifer Bachman, Director of Online Education, OSU College of Education

Darlene Russ-Eft, PhD, Professor, OSU College of Education, Adult and Higher Education unit

Cindy Etherton, MEd, Technology Development Coordinator, Salem-Keizer School District

Shannon Riggs, MA, Director of Course Development and Training, OSU Extended Campus

Cheridy Aduviri, MA, Instructor and Technology Advisor, OSU CofEd, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Unit

Matthew Nyman, PhD, Instructor, OSU CofEd, Science and Math Ed Unit 

  • Build relevant, pedagogically sound educational materials and programs for the Internet using the latest developments in online educational theories and technology.
  • Integrate a variety of multimedia technology tools to develop engaging, effective eLearning.
  • Apply the components of effective eLearning instructional design, development, implementation and evaluation to creating projects and programs that meet your immediate classroom or business needs and goals.
  • Drive advances in your school or business in the delivery of educational content and improvements in meeting learning outcomes for students and business training needs.
  • Track, measure and evaluate the effectiveness of eLearning training on your personal and business goals.
  • Covie Quick

    Instructor Covie Quick profile

    Covie Quick is a seasoned educator with 31 years of collective experience. She has trained colleagues, and taught both in online environments and in secondary science. She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Science Education from Oregon State University, and an Educational Master’s degree in Information Science and Learning Technology, with a concentration in online education from the University of Missouri. She has published curriculum for the pulp and paper industry and created websites about the Geologic Wonders of Oregon, a Space Colony Adventure and student trips to Washington DC. Using Web 2.0 technology, she recently designed, developed and tested many online lessons that included several web quests for 7-12th grade students in Earth Science and Astronomy. She enjoys sharing and teaching successful educational strategies implored in creating engaging and effective eLearning.

  • Sindy Peng

    Instructor Sindy Peng

    Dr. Hsinyi (Sindy) Peng is an experienced researcher and an instructor in developing and analyzing E-learning processes and outcomes, especially in high schools and pre-service/in-service teacher training. She received her Ph.D. degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri. She served as an assistant professor at the Institute of Education/Center for Teacher Education of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan (2004-2007) before her re-location to the United States. As an instructional designer, she is currently involved in the online curriculum design, development, and evaluation of the “Internet Safety” Program and the “Research Ethics” Program for college-level learners. Her works have been published in peer reviewed journals such as Computers & Education, Computers in Human Behaviors, Educational Studies, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Educational Technology and Society, and Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

  • Josh Bancroft

    Instructor Josh Bancroft Profile

    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. Josh is an experimentalist who likes to try new tools and technologies, and has had great success at using digital tools like blogs, wikis, podcasting, and social media to increase collaboration, build community, and encourage learning. Josh's learning and teaching philosophy centers on the idea of constructionism - that we create our own learning by "tinkering", making new things (physical or digital), then sharing them with others. 

"​I would recommend this certification to all experience levels!

When I was researching programs and certifications in e-learning design, I found the OSU PACE program was a certification I could take while working. Once I began the courses I realized what a great deal the certification is! This program is very applicable and hands on. Theory was provided but then the expectation was to apply it.  The format and community was fabulous and a collaborative spirit was fostered by the instructors.  I learned as much from my peers as the instructors.

I took the certification to pursue a career change and most of the information was entirely new to me.  It was presented very clearly and I felt I received not only the foundations of e-learning design but also applicable skills I could utilize immediately. This certification program has been the best use of my time and money and I have successfully switched careers to a Staff Development Coordinator with the majority of my responsibilities in online curriculum development and design."

-Cyndi Stelter, 2015-16 E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate​ student.

It is recommended that you have a good word processing program, PowerPoint, media players such as Adobe PDF reader and Adobe Flash, and a drawing program which may already be included with your word processing program. When you begin the course, there will be a few links for free programs you will be able to use if you would like. For the Exploring eLearning Tools course in the certificate in the spring, there may be other software and/or app requirements that the instructors will communicate at that time.