Modern Virtual Designer Certificate: Technology, Materials and Activities for Online Engagement and Connection

A Series of 3 Online Sessions. There are no remaining 2024 course dates. 

Register early, the course size is limited!

Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview

Is your organization equipped for the dynamic digital learning landscape of 2024?

With the power to engage audiences around the clock through a simple internet connection, the challenge lies in crafting compelling programs. It demands both technical proficiency and the adept application of instructional design techniques. The goal is to enable trainers and producers to design online learning events that transcend passive attendance to foster an environment of active and interactive participants. This immersive certificate program is a hands-on, skill-building experience designed to empower instructional designers for the virtual era. Through real-world examples, hands-on practice, and personalized coaching, you will gain the confidence to craft engaging virtual instructor-led training experiences. You’ll experience a vibrant live online training environment, engage in discussions, practice online learning techniques, navigate virtual classroom platforms, and create training materials ready for immediate deployment. You’ll leave the course equipped with the skills to thrive as a savvy and modern online virtual designer and the information needed to seamlessly transition your organization to a virtual learning culture.

See 'Technical Needs/Prerequisites' below. 

Bonus Items:

  • Receive a participant manual containing job aids (including The Virtual Facilitator’s Competency Model and a 3-Step Virtual Activity Design Process.)
  • Receive tools to help navigate the various virtual training platforms in the market today like Zoom, MS Teams, and more
  • Receive a detailed templates and guidelines to be used should you choose to do the final independent application project.

Program Details:

Application Assignments:
There will be a required 1-hour assignment following sessions one and two and an optional one following session three.

Technical Needs/Prerequisites:
This course requires use of the Zoom application as a participant on a laptop or desktop computer. Visit the ZOOM website to download the most current version. 

***Participation via mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad or via a Web interface is NOT advised.

Although this course is taught using the Zoom platform; you can practice your course skills on your  in-house/preferred platform (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, Teams, Adobe Connect, 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.

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 today's 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.

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, Teams, and a universal checklist that can be used for any virtual classroom platform.
  • You’ll receive 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
  • Examples and many useful job aids
  • Facilitated, online discussion
  • Performance-based exercises
  • Individual project work for immediate application

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

Session 1: Instructional Design for the Modern Virtual Classroom
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 to create engaging learning environments.
  • Prepare participants 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: Advancing Your Virtual Classroom Design Techniques
Develop additional 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 more complex learning activities, including hybrid training setups
  • Engage learners using additional online tools, applications, and resources

Kassy LaBorie


Kassy LaBorie
Principal Consultant, Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC
Kassy is a keynote speaker, instructional designer, facilitator, and author who specializes in human connection in a remote world. 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! 75+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars and the author of Producing Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars.

Course Dates

Course Dates

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

2024 DATES: There are no remaining 2024 Course Dates
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RAIN DATE: There are no remaining 2024 Course Dates
The "Rain Date" is a date to reserve on your calendar. It will be used in the unlikely event that an earlier session can not run as planned due to technical difficulties or a speaker emergency.
This course is comprised of three (3) live online sessions. Each session is 2 hours.

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)

For times in other cities, visit Time & 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

Early-Bird Registration 30+ days prior to course start date: $845
Registration within 30 days of course start date: $995

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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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