At the intersection of education and technology lies instructional design; one of today’s fastest growing career areas.
As learning through social media and mobile technologies become more mainstream and demand for online training and education grows, the need for instructional designers will continue to heat up the job market.
This non-credit certificate will provide you with an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in instructional design. You’ll learn about careers in instructional design, adult education and cognitive learning theory, as well as instructional design frameworks including ADDIE and AGILE/SAM. You’ll also learn about curriculum design, learning management systems, authoring tools and common technologies used to enhance learning.
Instructional designers interact with others frequently, so you’ll also learn how to work with subject matter experts (SME’s) and conduct a needs analysis. You’ll gain skills required to design for accessibility and use assessments and diagnostics. Finally, you’ll polish everything off with a review of critical business skills specific to instructional designers such as working in teams and project management.
A final capstone project will incorporate all learning objectives in a real-life design project. Guest speakers and plenty of time to conceptualize, develop and create will round out this certificate program.
This certificate will prepare you to do the following:
Program length: 8 weeks / students attend classes 2 nights a week from 6pm – 9pm.
Total hours of instruction: 54
Format: Classes are held in an in-person format with experienced instructors from local organizations.
Location: Classes will typically be held at the Continuing Education campus at 540 Arapeen Drive or on the main U of U campus.
Certificate offered: fall / spring
Pre-requisites: Well prepared students will have a good comfort level working with cloud-based software and working on computers. Experience with instructional design not necessary.
Equipment requirements: some work-from-home is needed for this class so students will need to have access to a laptop computer. This class is not held in a computer lab.
Attendance requirements: Attendance is required for certificate completion. Students may miss up to one class as long as supplemental reading and/or make-up activity is completed. Make-up assignments and deadlines will be given by the Certificate Director. It is the student’s responsibility to get in contact with the Certificate Director when missing a class. Drop Policy: More information including drop policy here.
Capstone Project Description –
Practicing each element of instructional design in context will give you deeper insight into the ID process. Likewise, it will help you demonstrate your competence with a sample of what you can do.
To accomplish this, you will design training around a set of objectives—just as you would in a professional setting. You will go through the analysis, design, and development phases in service of your project objectives, and you will develop concrete outputs in each phase. These will form the beginning of a professional portfolio that will aid in landing work.
For your capstone, you will do these activities:
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Certificate Director - Keith Harten
Keith Harten is the Instructional Designer at Extra Space Storage where he specializes in custom training solutions for the company’s national workforce. Prior to his career with Extra Space, Keith was an instructional design consultant with Allen Communication in Salt Lake City. There, he created instructor-led and web-based courses for clients including AIG, Deutsche Bank, EBay, Dominos and the American Heart Association. Keith’s background includes two years of university-level teaching as well as writing for the Sundance Film Festival.
Keith is attracted to the discipline of instructional design because it marries the science of human psychology with the art of human development. Keith received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University.
Eric has lead teams of instructional designers, programmers, graphic and motion artists, and writers to create effective and engaging training for Fortune 500 clients. Not only focused on effective designs but also performing project management duties to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Eric often consults with clients and project teams to solve business challenges through creative design solutions. Eric has worked at Southwest Research Institute, Allen Communications, and the LDS Church.
Josiah Brower has worked as a professional Software Engineer for the last six years. His first five years were spent working as a Sr. Developer and Technical Lead at Allen Communications, where he helped develop technical strategies and create development tools to build revolutionary corporate training. More recently he has been working at Progressive Leasing, helping build software that has, and will continue to change the financial industry. He has also done consulting work for companies such as Domo and Nickel & Suede to help streamline their processes, and develop applications to better their business. When he isn't developing software he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, serving as a scout leader and trying to become a better person.
Megan specializes in implementing innovative and award-winning solutions that systematically enable learners and organizations to accomplish their goals. Megan’s vast experience encompasses consulting with organizations such as Morgan Stanley, CEB, HP, and Land O’Lakes (to name a few), targeting a wide variety of topics including sales, customer service, on-boarding, manufacturing, compliance, management, software, and soft skills. Currently, Megan is the Learning Experience Manager at Academy Mortgage. She holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and serves on the local Association for Talent Development (ATD) board. In addition to being passionate about learning and education, Megan is a proud mama of 2 girls, a writer, and an avid theater patron.
Benjamin Miller is an award-winning educational content creator and learning experience designer with expertise in corporate training and customer-facing education. He has designed innovative learning solutions in a variety of formats for clients across numerous industries. In his current role as Curriculum Development Manager at Investools from TD Ameritrade, Benjamin manages a team that creates educational content to help everyday people learn to invest. Benjamin is passionate about integrating instructional design and other design disciplines to create exceptional learning experiences.
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Program costs - $1599
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