Online Virtual Designer Certificate

A Series of 4 Online Sessions Starting October 4, 2021

Register early, the course size is limited!

Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview

Are you and your organization prepared to train virtually?

Virtual classroom technology enables learning and development teams to reach all audiences, at any time of the day, with just a simple internet connection. But creating engaging programs for this type of technology is an immense challenge requiring both technical knowledge and the ability to apply sound instructional design techniques so that the trainer and producer are enabled to deliver online learning events that filled with interactive participants, not passive attendees.

This certificate is an immersive skill-building experience of engaging online training with examples, practice and coaching designed to empower instructional designers to create virtual instructor-led training experiences with confidence! You enter a complete live online training world, participate in discussions, practice learning online, explore your virtual classroom platform, create training materials ready for immediate use and discover how your organization can begin to make the necessary shifts which support a virtual learning culture! You will walk away with the skills needed to become a savvy online virtual designer!

See 'Technical Needs/Prerequisites' below. 

Bonus Items:

  • Receive a participant manual containing job aids (including The Virtual Designer’s Competency Model and a 3-Step Virtual Activity Design Process)
  • Receive examples and platform checklists to help navigate the various live online platforms in the market today (WebEx, Zoom, Adobe Connect and GotoTraining); and key points to remember for you to use as you design, develop materials and learning experiences for your live online courses.
  • Walk-through your own live online activity during the last session of the certificate program for peer and instructor feedback.

Program Details:

Application Assignments:
There will be a required 1-hour assignment following sessions one, two, and three. Session 4 is a live “showcase” session where participants walk through their design, describing and showing what they have created. Session 4 accommodates 10 registrants and runs from 10:00am-12:00pm ET. If there are more than 10 registrants, a second session will be added from 2:00pm-4:00pm to accommodate and provide each participant with enough time to deliver and receive feedback. You only need to attend 4 sessions.

Technical Needs/Prerequisites:

This course requires use of the Zoom application as a participant on a laptop or computer. You may download the most current version here:
***Participation via mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad or via a Web interface is NOT advised.

You must know or learn how to do the following things in Zoom prior to the start of the course (please practice in advance using the instructional links provided below.)

You will be asked to complete independent application assignments using this access. You should also come prepared with an idea for a future live online event. You will complete a project related to that event and prepare to deliver an excerpt from it in the last session.

Although this course is taught using the Zoom platform; participants can practice their course skills on their in-house/preferred platform (e.g. WebEx, Adobe Connect, GoToTraining, Zoom, etc.)

Who Should Attend:
Instructional designers, trainers, and those who desire to build the skills necessary to design, develop, and support live online or virtual instructor led training strategies.




Kassy LaBorie
Principal Consultant, Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC

Kassy is a speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, leadership, and learning. She is passionate about helping organizations, learning teams, and training professionals successfully move to the virtual environment. Kassy is the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars and is currently writing her second book on the topic of Virtual Classroom Productions Strategies.

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This program has been approved for a maximum of 8 points.
Effective for 2021 courses starting on or after April 1, 2021.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

In this certificate, you will learn to:

  • Identify the online meeting technology features used to create engaging online training like chat, whiteboard, polling and breakouts
  • Prepare virtual instructor led materials following current design approaches.
  • Select appropriate virtual instructional strategies and activities that engage online learners.
  • Develop engaging learning activities that prepare participants and ensure learning transfer in an online event.
  • Design live online activities, following the principles taught and practiced in the live + online learning sessions.

Technical Requirements

Course Materials

Before the certificate, you may download your participant manual containing job aids, examples, platform checklists, and processes for you to use as you prepare, design, and support your live online courses. For example:

  • You’ll have several checklists to help you navigate the various live online platforms on the market today: Zoom, WebEx, Adobe Connect, GoToTraining, and a universal checklist that can be used for any virtual classroom platform.
  • You’ll have the Virtual Designer’s Competency Model detailing the specific skills necessary to be confident designing engaging live online training.
  • You’ll get a Virtual Activity Design Process job aid providing a step by step guide for developing and converting activities and engagement in the live online environment.
  • Using example live online templates and activities, you’ll create your own materials and processes to successfully deliver your virtual training strategy.



Instructional Approach:
  • Live, online presentations
  • Facilitated, online discussion
  • Examples and many useful job aids
  • Performance-based exercises
  • Individual project work for immediate application
Session Assignments:

Session 1: Submit an example activity idea of your own using the 3-Step Design process
Session 2: Submit an example participant preparation activity designed for your audience and connected to your final project
Session 3: Prepare and submit the materials for the activity from your live online final project that will be showcased in session 4
Session 4: Walkthrough your live online activity and complete the post-course evaluation survey.

During this certificate, you will participate in the following 4 sessions:

Session 1: Instructional Design for Spectacular Virtual Classroom Training
Introductions, foundation for virtual instructional design, and a demonstration of a model engaging live online training session.
  • Describe how engaging live online training events are designed and delivered using a 3-Step Virtual Activity Design Process
  • Determine the appropriate level of interaction to design impactful live online training.
  • Analyze activities for specific engagement techniques to apply to your own programs.

Session 2: Creating Engaging Virtual Classroom Environments
Prepare participants to effectively learn online and analyze the features of the live online training platform in order to create engaging learning environments.
  • Prepares you to launch effective learning (learn online)
  • Create effective solutions using the features of the platform (use features)
  • Avoid the specific areas that cause the most trouble (troubleshoot)
Session 3: ‘Next Level’ Virtual Classroom Design Techniques, Skills, and Solutions
Develop the specific design skills required to ensure learning transfer in an online event.
  • Design materials to support demonstration and delivery of trainer / producer skills
  • Create solutions for learning activities like role playing, coaching, and virtual labs
  • Engage learners using additional online tools and resources (mobile, ind. study, social media)
Session 4: Virtual Classroom Activity Showcase
Walkthrough an activity designed by you for feedback and coaching from the instructor and certificate peers.
  • Present and walk through your own activity
  • Receive coaching and feedback
  • Create an action plan for future successful design of virtual classroom training events
NOTE: The 4th session is a live “showcase” session. 10 registrants will attend this final session from 10:00am-12:00pm ET. If there are more than 10 registrants, a second session will be added on the same day from 2:00pm - 4:00pm ET to accommodate and provide each participant with sufficient time to present and receive feedback. Your course instructor will run a poll during the course to determine which session #4 group you are in. You only need to attend 4 sessions total.

Course Dates

Course Dates

(Register by 30 days prior to the course start date and automatically save $150 with our Early Bird rate!)


October 2021:
Session 1:  Monday, October 4, 2021
Session 2: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Session 3: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Session 4*: Thursday, October 14, 2021

This course is comprised of four (4) live online sessions.

All sessions start at 10:00 am Eastern Time (New York time). Here is the time of the sessions listed in various time zones:

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am Pacific Time (PT)
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am Mountain Time (MT)
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am Central Time (CT)
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
    NOTE:  Sessions #1-#3 run from 10:00am - 12:00pm ET. The 4th session is a live “showcase” session. 10 registrants will attend this final session from 10:00am-12:00pm ET. If there are more than 10 registrants, a second session will be added on the same day from 2:00pm - 4:00pm ET to accommodate and provide each participant with sufficient time to present and receive feedback. Your course instructor will run a poll during the course to determine which session #4 group you are in. You only need to attend 4 sessions total.

For times in other cities, visit this link. All sessions are recorded. In order to earn your Certificate of Completion, you must log in for and participate in each live course and successfully complete any homework assignments by specified deadlines. Recordings of sessions are intended for review purposes only.

Course Rates

Course Rates

  • Early-Bird Registration 30+ days prior to course start date: $845.00
  • Registration within 30 days of course start date: $995.00

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Course Equipment

Course Equipment

IMPORTANT - You'll participate in online and collaborative activities in many ways, each designed to provide a unique means to interact and learn from experts and colleagues. All course delivery software operates at Internet connection speeds of 56.6 kbps or better, on PC, Mac and Unix platforms. Programs will use teleconferencing or VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol.) The login instructions emailed to you approximately one week prior to the start of the course will outline platform use as well as any headset requirements or suggestions. Each registrant must provide their own laptop or desktop computer and other equipment (such as a headset, if noted in your login instructions) in order to fully and successfully participate in the course. Please test your login information a minimum of 48 hours in advance on your course start date on the computer you will be using for the course.

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Certificate of Completion and eBadge

After successfully completing your online certificate course, you will receive a professionally produced Certificate of Completion and an eBadge. eBadges are transforming how your hard-earned achievements are recognized, shared and rewarded. You can showcase eBadges in your email signature or on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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