Start Date and Duration

Open Enrollment

Approximately 30 total hours over 3 months

Location and Format



3 CEUs




Program Details

Instructional designers serve an important role in designing trainings and curriculum that allow learners to receive material in forms that are most impactful to them. They also consider how learning tools should be designed and delivered.

As you progress through this course, you’ll become familiar with elements needed to develop and assess curriculum to meet the demands of your learners. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have created a learning unit for a class or training and developed a project plan to continue to create your learning experience. Upon completion of the course you'll receive a certificate of completion from Western Washington University.

Technology Requirements

  • Desktop, laptop or tablet computer
  • High-speed internet
  • Access to web-based services (Google Docs)

Reinvent Your Career

Designed for individuals that lead, teach, train and care about learning outcomes of others and who want to ensure their curriculum helps individuals achieve their academic or professional goals.

You'll Learn

  • How to explain instructional design and eLearning principles
  • Methods for implementing instructional design processes when creating learning materials
  • Best practices for selecting appropriate eLearning technologies for your audience
  • Insights on the development of a training program or course
  • Essential skills for creating a learning unit or module for a training or course

Module 1: Introduction to Workshop; Overview of Instructional Design and eLearning
An orientation to the workshop and an introduction to models and approaches to instructional design and eLearning.

Module 2: Mapping Learning: Instructional Design and Curriculum Development
Explore planning for learning, and study the preparation phase (SAM model), the analysis phase (ADDIE model) and the process of identifying desired results phase (Backwards Design model) of the instructional design process. Apply strategies to your individual project proposal and explore how learners engage in the teaching and learning process.

Module 3: Meeting the Needs of Learners
Discover strategies for creating learning experiences—finding and developing content and delivering content via synchronous-online, asynchronous-online, face-to-face or hybrid/blended modalities—and putting learning experiences in alignment with goals and objectives/outcomes. Identify or plan content for your learning experience.

Module 4: Designing, Developing and Evaluating Courses
Learn about summative assessment, specifically comparing formative and summative assessment, and issues with assessment methods and possible applications. Create one formative and one summative assessment experience for your learning experience.

Module 5: Wrap-Up and Project Presentations  
Review and refine what you've created through the workshop. Engage in a peer review activity, providing feedback for a peer’s work. Write goals and next steps for the project for your course and complete an end of workshop evaluation.


Andrew Blick is Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Services for Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) and oversees programs including WesternOnline and Summer Session, and supports planning and assessment for OCE programs. He has been with OCE since 2010 and works with a variety of units to support their operations. He has published and presented on areas related to assessment in education, instructional design, program development, and new media rhetoric. He holds a Masters of Education, Bachelors in Spanish and Linguistics, and certificates in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, all from Western Washington University. He is a doctoral candidate in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University.

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