Learn the latest developments in instructional design for online education

Designed For
Professionals who want to learn eLearning design, development, and instruction, including 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
January 8 - February 18, 2018
Developing and Implementing E-Learning
January 8 - February 18, 2018
E-Learning Assessment and Evaluation
February 26 - April 8, 2018
E-Learning Practicum
Winter 2018: January 8 - February 18, 2018
Spring 2018: April 16 - May 27, 2018
Winter 2019: January 7 - February 17, 2019
Exploring E-Learning Tools
September 17 - October 28, 2018
Online | Instructor-led
Full Certificate: $1,925
Individual Course: $425 (+ $60 registration fee, per course)
Five course series to complete the entire certificate
18 CEUs | 180 Hours
180 PDUs with Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
Required Textbook:  Arshavskiy, Marina. (2013) Instructional Design for eLearning: Essential guide to creating successful eLearning courses. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.ISBN-10:1492920878 
Recommended Textbook: Vai, Marjorie and Sosulki, Kristen. (October 25, 2015) Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide 2nd Edition. Routledge; ISBN-10:1138780162

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With a growing demand for online education, Oregon State University's eLearning Instructional Design and Development Certificate is designed to equip participants with the skills to enter - or advance in - the field of instructional design.

Developed by Oregon State University's College of Education, this comprehensive program provides you with broad exposure to principles and applications of eLearning. It offers research and practice-based insight into:

  • Developing effective eLearning courses
  • Using instructional technology to develop curriculum that motivates and engages the learner
  • Applying instructional design theories or models and builds technical skills that apply to a variety of elearning settings

Participants will learn how to use and appropriate application of various elearning 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.

eLearning Instructional Design Certificate

This certificate series includes the following five component courses, most of which may be completed in any order; however, students must complete all other courses before beginning the eLearning Practicum. Register for the full series or your choice of individual courses:

Designing Effective eLearning

Exploring eLearning Tools

Developing and Implementing eLearning

eLearning Assessment and Evaluation

eLearning Practicum



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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.

  • 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. 

  • Cindy Etherton

  • Lynne Hindman

"​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.