E-Learning Design & Development { College of Extended Learning }

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E-Learning Design & Development
Professional Development Certificate Program

What is E-Learning Design & Development?

E-Learning is the use of digital technology to facilitate and enhance learning and training. This use of technology has become so important in today's world that high schools, colleges, government organizations, nonprofit institutions, and businesses both large and small use e-learning to educate, train, inform, and coach.

Many people think of e-learning as traditional academic courses delivered over the internet. While this is certainly true, e-learning encompasses much more. Anyone who has taken driver's training online, used computer-based tech support for a PC, watched educational videos on television, listened to a podcast, or read a professional blog, has reaped the benefits of an e-learning product. Nearly all industries today use e-learning to further professional goals.

E-Learning Design & Development is an emerging and valuable career track for anyone looking to expand a professional portfolio. A certificate in E-Learning Design & Development gives you the opportunity to take your professional experience and unique industry knowledge and apply it in a new direction, while gaining proficiency with cutting edge technology.

E-Learning Design & Development Certificate Objectives

The E-Learning Design & Development program is comprised of three certificate tracks: E-Learning Design (fully online), E-Learning Development (hybrid), and the full E-Learning Design & Development Certificate, which includes both tracks. The E-Learning Design & Development Certificate is 7 courses (10.5 CEUs), and provides a rigorous training option for students interested in developing knowledge and skills in analysis, design, development and evaluation of e-learning. Designed for learning professionals from any field, this program introduces design theories and builds technical skills that apply to a variety of e-learning settings. The E-Learning Design & Development Certificate provides students with broad exposure to principles and applications of e-learning.

How to Begin Taking Classes

  • Obtain SF State ID and Password
  • Register for classes based on individual goals and prerequisites
  • Apply for Certificate of Completion after all classes are completed

For SF State ID and registration questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 415.405.7700; press '5' to speak with a staff person.

Intended Audience

The program is designed for learning professionals in corporate training, human resources, curriculum development, communications and enterprise level strategic implementation. Our students come from businesses, local governments, non-profits, and traditional academic institutions, who all need to create and deploy e-learning. This program will most benefit entry-level and intermediate-level designers, educators and managers who lack formal training in e-learning and instructional design.

Length & Cost of Program

The time it takes for participants to complete a certificate varies according to each student's availability and interests. The classes required to earn a certificate may be completed in as short a time as two semesters, or students may take as long as needed, up to three years. The cost of a certificate of completion may range from approximately $1,300 to $3,000, depending on course selection.

Location & Frequency of Classes

Classes are offered at the downtown campus located at 835 Market Street, 6th Floor, in San Francisco or online using the SF State Learning Management System, iLearn. Course sequences begin three times per year in late August, late January, and early June. Class schedules will vary based on course content. Students are expected to commit a minimum of three to five hours of study/production time outside of class per course. Out of class requirements vary among courses.

SF State Extended Learning has state-of-the art computing facilities to promote e-learning development, instruction and research. Each student will have access to computer labs, production software and a learning management system to test and deploy their materials. When possible, class assignments will be conducted using trial versions of classroom software so students can continue working away from class.

Customized & Contract Training

Customized or corporate training is available for businesses or agencies seeking to train employees in e-learning development or other aspects of instructional design. For more information please contact Cathy Flight at 415.817.4226, or email cflight@sfsu.edu.

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