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Certificate in Web-Based Learning

Instructional Technology offers 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 within corporations, non-profit organizations, healthcare, higher education, and K-12 education.

"Web-based learning is quickly becoming the most common form of training within corporations and large organizations," says Dr. Dave Knowlton, graduate program director for the Instructional Technology program. "Web-based learning also will change the landscape of work for instructional designers and faculty consultants in colleges and universities."

Dr. Melissa Thomeczek, a faculty member within the Instructional Technology program, agrees and adds that "those who are teachers in high school and middle school settings must develop skills in designing web-based learning environments that will help them 'flip the classroom' in order to promote student independence and achievement."

The curriculum for the certificate program combines a study of instructional systems design with project management and media-development skills, such as website design and digital video production. The courses for the certificate program are as follows:

Web Design for Instruction (IT486)
Principles of Instructional Technology (IT 500)
Instructional Systems Design (IT 510)
Performance Technology (IT 520)
Managing Instructional Development (IT 530)
Distance Education (IT 540)

The faculty members who teach the courses in this certificate program have practical experiences designing curriculum for middle schools and high schools. Faculty members also have experiences working in major corporations, like Anheuser-Busch, Time Warner Communications, and A. G. Edwards. Therefore, students receive practical knowledge and experiences that will equip them to deliver web-based learning interventions for the 21st Century.

For more information, contact Dr. David Knowlton at 618.650.3948.

David Knowlton, Ed.D.,
1998, University of Memphis

Yuliang Liu, Ph.D.,
2000, Texas A & M University

Melissa Thomeczek, Ph.D.,
2002, Indiana State University

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