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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design

New Curriculum Provides Tools Necessary for Effective and Engaging Online Instruction

IRVINE, Calif. – December 13, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the launch of its new “Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design,” developed to meet the needs of training professionals to build skills in creating and delivering online learning and enhance the task of training online. This program is designed to provide instructional course designers and other professional instructors with the most up-to-date information to systematically plan and adapt an online curriculum based on learner needs, content requirements and outcomes. All classes for the certificate program are available online. Participants may register now as instruction starts on Jan. 17, 2011.

“This certificate program provides participants with specific knowledge of the differences between traditional and online learning instruction in the areas of planning and design, content development, student-to-student and instructor-to-student communication, grading and assessment, and accommodating different learning styles,” said Brian Breen, assistant director of Business and Management and Corporate Education programs at UC Irvine Extension. “These elements are increasingly important considerations in the construction of an online course. With 32 percent of training budgets reduced in 2010, this program provides professionals with the skills necessary to optimize e-learning resources and cut costs for employers, creating significant return on investment in employee training curriculum.”

As a result of the integral partnership between UC Irvine Extension and the Orange County Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), many courses in the program provide training managers, educators, instructional designers, human resource professionals and professionals from other various career fields an opportunity to gain an understanding of how to deploy online learning tools and create a list of proven techniques for executing a successful online class. Many businesses can benefit from the increased use of online training and personnel development. The unique web-based certificate program allows students to learn about the intricacies of online curriculum development through online courses, equipping them with real-world insight and skills.

UC Irvine Extension’s Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design includes six required courses for 15 quarter units. The program is open to individuals seeking a career change and those who are currently involved in all aspects of training and online learning development programs. Human resource professionals, teachers and professors seeking innovative training or instructional methods are also good candidates for the certificate program.

UC Irvine Extension Offers E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program

Required Courses for Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design

  • Principles of E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Effective Methods for E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Developing and Deploying E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Capstone in E-Learning Instructional Design and Management

Elective Courses (Students Must Choose Two to Complete Program)
  • Business, Legal and Project Management Issues in E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Overview of Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Technologies
  • Administration of E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Facilitation of Online Synchronous Delivery Platforms
  • Efficiency Tools for E-Learning Instructional Design
  • Engaging Students Online

With an outstanding advisory committee assembled to provide the most up-to-date industry insights and knowledge for program content development, UC Irvine Extension’s Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design is a premiere provider of instructional development continuing education. To learn more about the Certificate Program in E-Learning Instructional Design, please visit To register for the winter courses, call 949-824-5414 or visit

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit