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Instructional Design Certification Program

Design online courses that enhance learning and accelerate performance.

It is a challenging task to improve productivity while decreasing costs in today’s diverse and rapidly changing business environment.

In this era of evolving technology, instant solutions, and limited attention spans, you need to create engaging online learning solutions for your employees to achieve business results.

This comprehensive Instructional Design Certification Program will provide the required knowledge and skills to design and develop instructionally-sound, performance-based training programs that will decrease time-to-proficiency and accelerate performance impact.

What Does the Program Offer?

8 Self-Paced Online Courses that are based on proven best practices developed through decades of experience designing and developing thousands of programs for clients around the world.

What Will You Get?

  • A robust online learning experience with examples, practice exercises, and assessments.
  • Access to the courses for 1 year on our Effectus LMS.

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More About the Program

Why Should You Attend?

  • Gain expertise in designing performance-enhancing courses in a variety of formats (eLearning, microlearning, facilitated, and more)
  • Get access to valuable downloadable resources – guidelines, templates, frameworks, checklists and more.

Is this Program Only for IDs?

No, not at all! Do join us if you are a/an:

  • Learning Consultant
  • L&D Manager
  • Performance Technologist
  • Training and Human Resource Manager
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Educational Technologist
  • E-learning Developer

The Curriculum at a Glance

These highly interactive, self-paced online courses address key aspects of Instructional Design. The topics include:


Introduction to Adult Learning

  • Define adult learning
  • Describe key characteristics and assumptions about how adults learn
  • Explain the implications of how adults learn on designing instruction


A Comparison of Learning Theories

  • Contrast key characteristics of four major learning theories
  • Explain the origin of each theory
  • Identify types of learning situations that are best suited to each theory


Models of Instruction

  • Identify key individuals and events that have influenced the evolution of instructional design
  • Describe three models for classifying learning outcomes to determine optimal conditions for and ways to sequence instruction
  • Explain the significance of instructional models to the instructional design process


How to Write Performance-based Objectives

  • Distinguish terminal and enabling objectives
  • Distinguish goals and learning objectives
  • Identify the ten characteristics of effective performance-based learning objectives (SMART2)


Maximizing Impact in The Virtual Classroom

  • Differentiate traditional classroom and virtual classroom instruction
  • Identify instructional capabilities and limitations of virtual classrooms
  • Apply appropriate instructional methods for virtual classrooms


Rapid Evaluation Planning – Making Informed Decisions

  • Recognize the value of evaluations
  • Identify the structure of an effective evaluation plan
  • Distinguish between types of evaluation questions


How to Write Effective Assessments

  • Identify how assessments are used
  • Plan the development of assessments
  • Write knowledge-based and performance-based assessments, and monitor assessments


Designing High-Impact, On-Demand Performance Solutions

  • Define the purpose, value, and primary elements of ‘high impact, on-demand’ performance solutions
  • For audio, visual, conversation scenarios and application simulations in particular:
    • Identify instructional benefits
    • Recognize a design structure (scripting and storyboarding)
    • Outline development, delivery, and quality assurance considerations

The Key Takeaways

The program also offers several useful practical resources that can be used in your future learning/training projects, such as design guidelines, checklists, frameworks, templates, samples, glossaries, and more. Here is a list of the resources:

01Definitions of Adult Learning

02Behavioral Levels

03Malcolm Knowles’ Adult Learning Framework

04Techniques for Designing Adult Learning

05Learning Theories Matrix

06Gagné’s Classifications, Conditions, Events

07Action Verbs List

08Rapid Evaluation Planning: Evaluation Report Template

09Rapid Evaluation Planning: A Comprehensive Evaluation Framework

10Data Collection Methods

11Sample Evaluation Planning Worksheets

12Writing Assessment Items

13Assessment Planning Worksheet

14Application Simulations Quality Checklist

15Audio Asset Outline

16Audio Asset Quality Checklist

17Audio Asset Production Tips

18Conversation Scenarios Quality Checklist

19Multimedia Design Principles

20Visual Screen Design Quality Checklist

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About the Program Designer

Dr. Howard Lewis - Chief Learning Architect, CommLab India

Dr. Howard Lewis has been involved in education, instructional design, and performance technology for over 40 years, holding corporate positions with Health Net, Xerox Corporation, Apple Computer and RTC. His national and international experience includes leadership, management, sales and marketing, engineering, safety, medical management, customer service, and performance management.

He also serves as an adjunct professor for Colorado State University and has taught for Pepperdine University and the University of Hawaii in the past. Howard earned his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology and International Training from the University of Southern California; A Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health from West Virginia University; and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Interpretation from Colorado State University.

Dr. Lewis is also a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).