Professional & Continuing Studies

NEW! Instructional Design Certificate

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What is an instructional designer? Instructional designers leverage learning theory and multimedia design to create engaging digital learning experiences.

Are you interested in learning how to design effective e-learning environments? Do you have a personal or professional online learning project you would like to develop? Are you interested in developing a career that involves developing digital training or teaching solutions?  The objective of this program’s courses is to gain the skills and experience to help you succeed in the instructional design profession.

Certificate program: three-course series

This online program is designed for anyone who wants to become an instructional designer. The hands-on, applied training method focuses on providing the opportunity to build out a portfolio of instructional design projects. Estimated time to complete the full three-course program is 10 months.

The first course, Foundations of Instructional Design, is a prerequisite for continuing with the other two courses in the series.

  • Foundations of Instructional DesignOctober 17-December 19, 2022. Focuses on foundational knowledge for instructional designers, including major learning theory principles applicable to instructional systems design, analysis of learner needs, and use of authoring tools.
  • Curriculum Development for Instructional Design February 2023 start date. Focuses on curriculum design, including alignment of learning objectives, practice, and assessments, and the evaluation of eLearning modules.
  • E-learning and Course Development for Instructional Design June 2023 start date. Focuses on developing eLearning modules and applying multimedia design principles, instructional design frameworks, project management for designers, and addressing feedback for continuous improvement.

Who should participate?

  • Individuals considering a career in instructional design
  • Anyone who wants to leverage instructional design principles to design an effective digital learning experience to meet professional or personal goals.
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to apply multimedia skills (graphic design, video production, web design, or others) to develop digital training and learning solutions and open the door to new career opportunities.
  • Instructional design applies to a broad range of fields and industries, such as healthcare, education, technology – any field or industry where internal or external training is needed or provided.

Course details

SCHEDULE: October 17–December 19, 2022. Self-paced online course with weekly optional live-online, instructor-led sessions on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. (10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15).
PRICE: $1,995, all materials included.
CEUs: 4.CEUs (Continuing Education Units) or 40 Contact Hours
Financial options available: NEW! Elevate Delaware funding | Scholarships and discounts including military, UD student/alum, 2 or more (group) and others.

Course format and duration

The Instructional Design program consists of three courses, which can be bundled. Foundations of Instructional Design is the first course in the series. These courses are fully online with optional live sessions. Each course can be completed within an eight week timeframe, allowing for completion of the full program within less than one year. As students progress in the program, they will have ample opportunities to add content to their professional instructional design portfolio.

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Learner outcomes

  • Describe common development models for instructional design.
  • Describe major learning theory principles applicable to instructional design.
  • Demonstrate application of graphic and multimedia design principles for e-Learning.
  • Evaluate application of universal design for learning principles to support accessibility.
  • Identify an authoring tool for instructional design projects

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Program faculty

Aviva Heyn, Ed.D., is the program director and a facilitator for the University of Delaware’s Instructional Design Noncredit Certificate Program’s three courses with UD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS). In her career, she has worked as both an individual contributor and manager of instructional design teams, contributing to the design and development of a countless number of digital courses for industry, government, and higher education. Dr. Heyn serves as Director of Digital Services at the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Aviva earned her Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware. She holds a MA in Social Anthropology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Her undergraduate degree, also from the Hebrew University, is in Art History, Sociology, and Anthropology.

Her favorite thing about the instructional design profession are the endless opportunities for continuous learning.

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  • No prior knowledge of or experience with instructional design is required.
  • Multimedia design skills (graphic design, audio/video, web design, and others) are a plus, but not required.
  • Experience with teaching or training is a plus, but not required.
  • Completion of some undergraduate coursework is recommended.
  • Basic computer skills are required.
  • Technology requirements: A laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac) is required, and a reliable internet connection.

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