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Exploring E-Learning Development Tools

A required course in the E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program.

Course Description

Explore various industry-standard tools used to develop asynchronous e-learning and expand your knowledge by analyzing their features, usability, interactivity, and assessment options, cost, and support against various organizational and learning needs. Tools demonstrated may include Articulate Storyline 360 and Rise 360, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, ELB Learning Lectora Online, and others. Through carefully curated readings and videos from industry leaders and influencers, participants in this course will better understand which e-learning development tool is best suited to meet their learning objectives and organizational goals. Participants will explore e-learning development tools from the perspective of the instructional designer/developer and other key e-learning project stakeholders, including the organizational leader requesting e-learning, technology support teams, and the end-user of the e-learning – the learner. Throughout this course, participants will explore and compare the pros and cons of select e-learning development tools and apply their assessment to various real-world business case scenarios. This class allows participants to explore various e-learning tools and does not include training, tutorials, or hands-on instructions on using any specific tool to develop e-learning materials.

See enrollment confirmation for login information. Please register for the course at least two weeks prior to the start date. We highly recommend students complete EDUC_X416.18 Principles of E-Learning Instructional Design prior to enrolling in this course. This course may require participants to download and install some applications and software from the Internet. Due to high demand, early enrollment recommended.

NOTE: This course may have optional, live sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in the course. A device with audio and visual will be needed to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access the course’s Zoom sessions.

  • Details
  • $690
  • September 25, 2023 to November 19, 2023
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00054
  • ID/Units: EDUC X417  (2.50)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: Fall 2023


Diane Smith, PMP, CPTD, Principal and Chief Learning Strategist at Everest CS, Inc, is responsible for consulting with organizations and designing learning programs that improve their organizational performance by engaging with their learning audiences to help them build relevant skills and competencies. She has over 30 years of experience designing and developing instructional systems and content for live and virtual classrooms, e-learning, m-learning, microlearning delivery, user and facilitator guides, field manuals, quick references, and other developmental resources. Diane is a rebel in the realm of workplace learning, rocking the status quo by injecting real-world WIIFM (What's In It For Me) into frontline organizational training and EI (Emotional Intelligence) into management development to enable all learners to be leaders. Diane has guest lectured for the University of Colorado, Denver Master's program for Learning Design & Technology, focusing on Project Management. She has also presented several concurrent and workshop sessions on instructional design and project management at international conferences hosted by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Learning Solutions, and Project Management Institute (PMI). Diane is a certified CPTD and PMP professional who stays on the cutting edge of evolutions in the Learning and Development (L&D) industry and enjoys sharing her broad knowledge and experiences with others in the industry.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbooks are required for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START09/25/2023Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END11/19/2023Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---