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Certificate in Multimedia
Instructional Design

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The explosion of digital media provides today’s educators with a vast toolbox with which to aid and empower their instruction. This specialization begins by evaluating different design principles in order to determine which instructional devices work best for various environments and audiences. You’ll then examine the tools themselves, such as mobile devices and open-source authoring tools. Finally, you’ll consider the ethical and legal issues that accompany the responsible use of these open source implements.

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Admission Requirements 

A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.


For the Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Multimedia Instructional Design, you must complete four courses and 12 credit hours. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 9 months.

Course Details

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In this course, you will explore different design principles for multimedia learning. You’ll not only evaluate factors that impact the effectiveness of multimedia for various learning contexts and audiences, you’ll also measure the effectiveness of such multimedia learning. You’ll then be able to provide stakeholders with methods for selecting and designing multimedia as well as ways to optimize existing multimedia solutions. Based on your learning, you will use different tools to design your own multimedia assets.

This master’s level course will examine potential legal and ethical issues involved in online classes and programs. Ethical principles that relate to copyright, intellectual property, negligence, fair use, and privacy will be explored. The course provides a general framework for addressing issues such as ownership of electronic course materials, determining whether a work is in the public domain, and the proper use of copyrighted works at a distance. Prevention of plagiarism in the digital environment will also be addressed.

In this course, you’ll receive an introduction to teaching and learning with the use of mobile devices. Studies will focus on the conceptual and theoretical foundations for implementing mobile devices into the curriculum, including exploration, examination, and evaluation of mobile technology and related processes and techniques in order to ensure their most effective use. In addition, you’ll explore the structural aspects, pedagogical issues, curriculum design, psychological and group dynamics, ethical and social issues, as well as the practical issues inherent in using mobile devices.

This course allows you to evaluate authoring tools for the design and development of instructional and training solutions. You’ll investigate the benefits and limitations of different authoring tools and use them to sketch storyboards and produce authentic products for instruction and training. Throughout the course, you’ll examine ethical, legal, and political influences on the selection and use of authoring tools, and you’ll continue to showcase your developing competencies through your digital portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Multimedia Instructional Design will learn to:

  • Apply the concepts and practices of early childhood education
  • Effectively communicate and conduct sound, open-minded research
  • Address educational issues critically and reflectively
  • Create solutions to problems based on knowledge, research, critical thinking skills, and collaboration
  • Respect diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards through accreditation
  • Foster effective discussion of theoretical problems within the educational profession
  • Nurture a commitment to life-long learning

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