Instructional Design for ELearning

Instructional Design for Online Learning

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

$1323 per course ($441 / graduate credit)
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • There is no registration fee and no program application.
  • E-textbook provided after you login to the course.

You will

  • Write measurable instructional objectives.
  • Generate assessment ideas for online or blended course.
  • Select tools and strategies that support engagement.
  • Apply principles of brain processing.
  • Evaluate best practices in design.
  • Incorporate universal design and accessibility principles.
  • Design with Horton’s three types of activities: absorb, do, connect.
  • Design conceptually powerful curriculum materials.
This course focuses on instructor-led and facilitated methods more than self-paced/ computer-based training.

Enroll in the course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to transfer to another university
  • an elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree.
This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program and is the introductory course in the ELearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate.


An e-textbook will be provided after you login to the course.


Learn how to create online courses that work efficiently. By understanding how people learn and how to design the experience conceptually and aesthetically, you can shape an effective and engaging learning experience. The course also addresses blended learning environments, synchronous and asynchronous concerns, the use of a variety of media such as video and audio along with accessibility concerns, and effective evaluation of online course design.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyze and evaluate exemplary models of course design (blended and fully online) using case studies and actual courses.

  2. Demonstrate skills as the architect of elearning experiences and establish strategies for building a design team.

  3. Understand how online students differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of students, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.

  4. Apply instructional design theory and research, universal design, usability concepts, and analyze learning styles in the development of elearning activities.

  5. Integrate multimedia, learning objects, social networking concepts, and synchronous technologies in the design of course content and activities.

  6. Design an elearning unit/module based on quality online course design principles.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

  • Course objectives are aligned with the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Li censure (WI DPI) 1, 3, 4, 9 and the International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, NETS-T II and III.

No travel to campus required.

  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • Optional "live" chats are scheduled and recorded for those who are unable to login.
  • This is not a self-paced course.
  • Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.


Register online The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

For More Information

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Contact Us: Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor
Elearning and Online Teaching Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Telephone: 530-318-1145
Menomonie, WI 54751
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