E-learning Development Certificate

The Instructional Technologies program, in partnership with SF State Extended Learning, offers a professional certificate program in e-learning development, providing instruction in design, scripting, production and delivery of e-learning training curriculum for all sorts of organizations. Certificate courses are conducted as intense short programs that together offer a well-articulated training option. Classes are developed and taught by instructional design and e-learning specialists, all of whom have practical experience in the field. The program awards continuing education units (CEUs) instead of graduate credits, and is accredited through San Francisco State University by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the official regional accrediting body for academic institutions in the western part of the country.

Program Objectives

The E-learning Certificate emphasizes the analysis, design, development and evaluation of instruction that uses multimedia, learning management software, and other emerging technologies. Designed for learning professionals from any field, the program introduces design theories and builds technical skills that apply to instructional computing, multimedia content creation, and other e-learning settings. The e-learning certificate provides students with broad exposure to principles and applications of e-learning and is structured to teach students who have a basic working knowledge of the design field and build from there. Certificate requirements are intended to parallel skills needed by instructional designers, training managers, corporate trainers, and other learning professionals.

Student Outcomes

Students earning the E-Learning Certificate will be able to discuss and apply:
  • Principles of instructional design as they apply to e-learning, including learning theory, evaluation techniques, asynchronous learning principles. and hybrid instruction styles.
  • Scripting, storyboarding, and preproduction planning for multimedia.
  • Hands-on experience with industry standard software and multimedia content production techniques.
  • Distribution, deployment, and publication methods.
  • Administration and production using open source content learning management systems.
  • Principles and tools for audio-visual media production as they apply to e-learning development.
  • Principles of usability testing, including e-learning interventions, formative evaluation, data analysis and report writing.
Detailed Program and Course descriptions, current schedules, and contact information can be found on the E-learning Certificate's website, located at http://cel.sfsu.edu/elearning/

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