Instructional Design Certificate:
Performance-Based and Results-Focused

A Series of 4 Online Sessions Starting September 10, 2024

Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview

This interactive certificate uses real world examples to explore each phase of the instructional design process from analysis, design, development, and implementation to evaluation. You will learn how to apply the ISD process in the context of your own project.

You'll work on your own eLearning or instructor-led project throughout the course and learn just what you need to produce a highly effective end product. We'll examine the business and individual needs for your training program, determine what must be taught, could be taught and should be taught, how to accommodate adult learners, instructional strategies to meet your goals, how to write good test items and more. You will receive numerous job aids and examples to hit the ground running at the end of the course.

Bonus Items:
You'll receive a 101-page participant guide containing job aids, examples, worksheets and key points to remember for you to use as you design and develop your courses. You will have the opportunity to submit your project work during the certificate course for feedback by your instructor.

Course Details:

Pre-Certificate and/or Interim Assignments: There will be a required one hour of pre-work and one hour for the interim assignments.

Participants in this course must have completed development or delivery of at least one instructor-led, e-learning, or blended training solution.

Who Should Attend:
Those on the front-line of designing, developing, writing, and delivering training through instructor-led, e-learning, and blended methods.

Course Objectives

In this certificate you will learn to:

  • Develop either instructor led or e-learning modules following current approaches to using the instructional systems design (ISD) process.
  • Design programs based on organizational/business/individual needs.
  • Be able to conduct a content analysis to determine what must be taught, should be taught and could be taught.
  • Write and sequence learning objectives.
  • Create instructional designs that accommodate adult learners.
  • Select appropriate instructional strategies and activities that engage learners.
  • Create tests and checklists that measure learner performance.
  • Conduct try-out and revision cycles following research-based strategies.
  • Develop a module of instruction of your own following the principles taught in the live + online learning sessions.

Course Materials

Before the class: You'll be able to download a pre-work document to help you organize your project during the four sessions. You will be able to download a 101 page participant guide containing job aids, examples, worksheets and key points to remember for you to use as you design and develop your courses. For example:

  • You'll have a systematic model to use to design and develop your instruction in a systematic manner.
  • Using models of business need statements and program goals from real projects, you'll write your own business need statements and goals that will focus your design and content on what's important.
  • Using a powerful job aid to determine what content must be taught, what should be taught what could be taught to help you decide what content is most important.
  • You will learn to use handy job aids for writing and sequencing objectives.
  • You'll be provided with many examples of structured learning activities that you can modify and use in your own training projects. Also you'll participate in an activity on how to debrief activities for maximum impact.
  • You'll see how to use existing materials and activities to help you save time and money and avoid reinventing the wheel.
  • You'll learn to use DSA's time saving job aid on writing instruction from scratch.
  • You'll gain strategies for writing tests and performance checklists for evaluation.
  • You'll learn about fast, easy and effective ways to try out and revise your modules and courses.


Instructional Approach:

  • Live, online presentations
  • Examples and many useful job aids
  • Facilitated, online discussion
  • Performance-based exercises
  • Online polling
  • Individual project work for immediate application

Requirements for completing this certificate include:

SESSION 1 – Submit your business need statement and course goal.

SESSION 2 – Submit your key learning objective for one instructional module in your program.

SESSION 3 – Submit an outline of your instructional module.

SESSION 4 – Complete the post-course evaluation survey.

Expectation for receiving your certificate:
It is expected that you will attend all four (4) Training Live and Online sessions, or view any recorded session you may have not been able to attend live.

Paul Swan


Dr. Paul Swan
Associate, Darryl L. Sink and Associates
Paul specializes in Instructional Design, Web Design, and eLearning Development. During the past 20 years he has designed and developed employee and customer training programs and products for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies. He has designed measurably effective programs for all types of delivery media that range from traditional instructor-led training to the latest in virtual, “blended” e-learning and mobile learning.

Course Dates

Course Dates

Register Early! This course is limited to 20 participants

Session 1: Tuesday, September 10, 2024
Session 2: Thursday, September 12, 2024!
Session 3: Tuesday, September 17, 2024
Session 4: Thursday, September 19, 2024

Each session is 2 hours in length. This course is comprised of four (4) live online sessions. 

Sessions start at 11:00 am Eastern Time (New York time) Here is the time of the sessions listed in various time zones:
8:00 am - 10:00 am Pacific Time (PT)
9:00 am - 11:00 am Mountain Time (MT)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time (CT)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)

For times in other cities, visit Time and Date Converter. 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

Register early. This course is limited to 20 participants.

Early-Bird Registration 30+ days prior to course start date: $895

Regular Registration within 30 days of course start date: $1,045

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Course Equipment

Course Equipment

IMPORTANT - You'll participate in online and collaborative activities in a number of 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. Courses 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         eBadge

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