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eLearning Design and Development - Program Courses


COURSE CREDITS Fall winter spring summer
Learning theory, instructional strategies, and delivery models

ELP 410/510  Strategies for eLearning

ONLINE:  Sept 29 – Dec 12, 2014
PSU:  Saturdays, Oct 4 & Nov 8

3 X        
How to design, develop and deliver elearning through use of digital technology

ELP 410/510 eLearning Instructional Design

ONLINE:  Jan 5 – Mar 20, 2015
PSU: Saturdays, Jan 10 & Feb 14


ELP 410/510 Developing eLearning

ONLINE: Mar 30 – June 12, 2015
PSU: Saturdays, Apr 18,  May 9, & June 8



**ELP 406/506 Culminating Project: Implementing & Evaluating eLearning

ONLINE: June 22 – August 15. 2015

ELECTIVES (3 credits) 
*ELP 408/508 Project Management for Instructional Design Workshop 1 X          

ELP 408/508 Change Agentry Workshop 1

*ELP 408/508 Social Media & Informal Learning Workshop 1

ELP 408/508 Facilitative Coaching Workshop 1


*Recommended electives

**Completion of other three courses prior to enrolling in this specific ELP 406/506 is recommended.  


COST:  Based on 2012 – 2013 tuition: Estimated around $6,500 for graduate and $3,400 for undergraduate certificates of completion.

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Course Descriptions

Change Agentry Workshop, ELP 408/508  

Understand the role and responsibilities of the change agent in an organization. Examine the benefits of awareness about the nature of change and the change process, by acknowledging the effects of change in general, at the individual level and at the organizational level. Explore the theoretical foundations and construct of change agentry in order to aid change agents and scholars in effecting substantive organizational or educational change. Familiarity with literature gives credibility to professionals seeking to effect significant change through collaborative efforts.

Culminating Experience: Implementing and Evaluating eLearning, ELP 406/506 

Participants begin work on project in previous three courses. This project will be the culminating experience for the certificate. Students will apply their learning from the program toward creating a plan, designing, developing and delivering digital online learning content. The culminating experience will be the implementation of the elearning and the assessment of the final product. 

  • Application of the elearning project made in the previous course
  • Go through a review process: create a communication plan, an implementation plan and an evaluation report.
  • Implement prototype, show to reviewers and retrieve feedback
  • Evaluate feedback to assess product and revisions
  • Reflect on outcome of process and plan for moving forward

Developing eLearning, ELP 410/510 (previously Building Online Training)

Examine development methodologies/processes, principles of task identification, risk mitigation, technical architecture, creative tools, and project management strategies used in developing elearning. Apply learning theory to the development of elearning.

  • Learn how to use an advanced elearning development tool and create an elearning project
  • Develop effective elearning using text, sound, animation, and graphics
  • Examine development processes and some project management strategies 
  • Consider the implications of learning theory in the development process and how to achieve desired learning outcomes 
  • Create a storyboard and rationale for an elearning project
  • Discuss key tools and trends in elearning today

eLearning Instructional Design, ELP 410/510 (previously Instructional Design for Online Training)

Learn how to apply instructional techniques to designing self-paced elearning that is engaging, interactive, and uses media to enhance learning. Design an elearning simulation that demonstrates appropriate instructional methods; user interface designs; and interactivity, engagement, and media choices.

  • Apply the instructional design process to elearning
  • Identify criteria that make elearning courses effective
  • Design an elearning simulation that demonstrates appropriate instructional methods; user interface designs; and interactivity, engagement, and media choices
  • Choose instructional methods to meet the project goals, objectives, learners, content, schedule, and budget
  • Create an interactive elearning prototype and test it with users
  • Write a script for an elearning course

ePortfolio: Reflection & Integration of Learning, ELP 510 

 ePortfolios are quickly becoming a popular tool for graduate students in helping  establish a digital identity as well as a space to reflect and demonstrate the skills they are developing in graduate school.  This course will explore the role of reflection and integrative learning in professional development and will assist students in beginning a professional ePortfolio that illustrates their professional expertise.

Facilitative Coaching Workshop, ELP 408/508 (1 credit)

In this highly interactive course, learn how to facilitate more effective and sustained work performance through the use of facilitative coaching as a component of your leadership style. By practicing the coaching mindset and skills, individuals can increase their positive influence on internal clients, peers, direct reports, and even their own managers.

Project Management for Instructional Design Workshop, ELP 408/508 

Managing a training development project can be complex, especially when the efforts of several parties are involved in designing, developing, scheduling, and delivering the training.  This course explores the unique considerations involved in a large training project and how fundamental project management skills and tools are employed throughout this process in order to ensure a quality training program is delivered on-time and on-budget. 

Social Media and Informal Learning Workshop, ELP 408/508 

Learn how to leverage social media to support training courses, boost informal learning, and encourage sharing organization knowledge.  Practice using social media tools, and learn how a wide variety of social media tools can be used to support learning. Discuss the learning theories and review the learning “landscape” to identify the audiences and situations that are best suited to using social media and informal learning. Analyze the adoption of social media tools for learning, from mainstream tools to new and emerging tools.

Strategies for eLearning, ELP 410/510 

Focus on best practices in elearning and pedagogical implications related to design, development and delivery. Learn how the research in learning and cognition applies to elearning. Become familiar with various instructional models and delivery methods. Designed for professionals in corporate training and workplace learning environments.

  • Explore powerful strategies for analysis and problem-solving
  • Discover how to select and blend varieties of elearning delivery methods including synchronous, asynchronous, performance support, games, and communities
  • Discuss current trends and challenges in elearning 
  • Develop design documentation for a project in elearning 

    Synchronous Learning Workshop, ELP 408/508 

    This course will explore the emerging pedagogy of synchronous training from the point of view of the instructional designer, training facilitator, and learner. Learners will compare and contrast technologies used to deliver and assess synchronous training. They will also explore how synchronous training can be designed to stand on its own, be combined with print material, or be integrated into an online asynchronous course.