The Department of Educational Leadership is pleased to announce a graduate-level certificate program in web-based learning. This certificate offers students an opportunity to gain expertise in the areas of designing and developing web-based learning environments.
“More and more, corporations and even non-profit organizations are seeing the need to train their employees, customers, and patrons using web-based resources,” says Dr. Wayne Nelson, Department Chairperson of Educational Leadership. “Many of these corporations want to hire experienced educators who can take their training programs more strongly into any-time-any-place and learning-on-demand environments. We think that this certificate program will prepare professionals for just that opportunity.”
The curriculum for the certificate program combines a study of instructional systems design with project management and media-development skills, such as web-page design, digital video, course management systems, and other areas. “These are the products and processes that corporations are using on a daily basis,” said Dr. David Knowlton, a faculty member in Instructional Technology. Specifically, the courses for the certificate program are as follows:
Principles of Instructional Technology (IT 500)
Instructional Systems Design (IT 510)
Performance Technology (IT 520)
Managing Instructional Development (IT 530)
Distance Education (IT 540)
Design of Interactive Learning Environments (IT 580)
Course descriptions can be found within the graduate catalog. The courses are largely online, though some may require face-to-face meetings, as well. Students typically take one or two courses per semester while working toward earning the certificate.
The faculty members who teach the courses in this certificate program have practical experiences in major corporations, like Anheuser-Busch, Time Warner Communications, and A. G. Edwards. Therefore, students receive practical knowledge and experiences that will equip them for the information age marketplace.
For more information, contact the Department of Educational Leadership at 618.650.3277 or contact Dr. David Knowlton at 618.650.3948.