Online learning and technology has been a growing, rapidly changing environment for many years, but it has never been as critically important as it is today. From K-12 classrooms, to colleges and universities, to business and government sectors, the seamless and effective use of technology has enabled work and life to successfully continue on despite a global pandemic.

Online learning only promises to expand as enhanced technology makes it possible to provide effective instruction through distance learning and the demand for Instructional Design professionals will accelerate along with it.

The 100% online professional certificate (non-credit) in Learning Design & Technology (LDT) provides students with in-demand knowledge and skills in instructional design to advance within their fields or pursue a career as an Instructional Designer/Learning Experience Designer. Focused on the online learning environment, the program utilizes current and emerging technologies to meet education and training goals in higher education, K-12, business, or government.

Students will experience a complete immersion in the art and science of instructional design (ID) and online learning. Students will gain the essentials of designing and delivering effective learning experiences grounded in research-based principles. Students will be able to create engaging and active learning experiences and develop courses and programs applying learning pedagogy and integrating emerging technologies.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of instructional design principles, methods and techniques.
  • Apply instructional design theories to the design, development, and implementation of the learning experience in diverse settings, with a focus on the online environment.
  • Design, build and implement rich and interactive online courses and programs.
  • Identify, evaluate and integrate technologies and media into effective instructional and learning design plans.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional design process and product and devise solutions to maximize learning outcomes.


Earn a Digital Badge

Students who successfully complete the individual courses and program will be awarded a digital badge to display on their social media or resumé.

Villanova University’s College of Professional Studies is proud to be a PDE-approved provider of Act 48 and continuing professional education programs. Each course in the Learning Design and Technology program is approved for 80 Act 48 credits.  



The program consists of three courses and students can choose to take one, two or all three. Students who complete a single course will receive a course certificate and students who complete all three courses will earn a program certificate. Students who successfully complete the individual courses and program will be awarded a digital badge to display on their social media or resumé. 

COURSE 1: Learning Design & Online Learning Pedagogy

This course introduces learners to the conceptual and theoretical foundations of learning design. It explores the history of learning design, learning design models, and foundational theories and principles of adult learning and online learning. This course also introduces the fundamentals of designing high quality online learning experiences by considering course alignment, learning outcomes, engaging online activities and assessment. Students will learn effective online teaching practices and the relationship to the use of technology. This course is approved for 80 Act 48 credits.  


100% Online | 8 weeks
June 22 - August 10, 2023 | Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
First live class date: 6/22
Course Cost: $1,250

COURSE 2: Instructional Design Tools

In this course, students will explore the role of technology in education and examine various instructional technologies and media used in the eLearning environment. Students will learn how to apply technology integration models in selection, design, and development of instructional technologies and media to achieve learning outcomes and promote learning experience. Further, students will develop skills in utilizing technology to enhance communication and collaboration in consideration of learning equity. This course is approved for 80 Act 48 credits.  

FALL 2023

100% Online, 8 weeks
October 5 - November 30, 2023 | Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
First live class date: 10/5
Course cost: $1,250

COURSE 3: Instructional Design Assessment & Evaluation

Program and course evaluation is one of the key steps in determining the effectiveness of teaching and continuous improvement of the learning experience. In this course, students will explore various evaluation models, principles, and practices employed conducting Instructional Design evaluation. Throughout the course, students will also evaluate and measure the entire instructional design process within various contexts to determine the accomplishment of learning outcomes. This course is approved for 80 Act 48 credits.  


Dates TBD | Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Course cost: $1,250


Andy-Guoqiang Cui

Andy-Guoqiang Cui, PhD
Associate Director for eLearning Pedagogy
Villanova University

Dr. Cui received his PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on effective online learning; specifically, developing online community of inquiry, online engagement, online students' learning experiences. His research has been published in a variety of publications, including:

  • Journal of Distance Education
  • Education and Information Technologies
  • Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE)
Ankit Desai

Ankit Desai
Director, Learning Technologies
Villanova University

Ankit received his Master of Sciences in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph's University.  His professional experience focuses on supporting technologies utilized by instructors and students for online learning, such as LMS, video conferencing, and various collaborative technologies.  This includes providing technical support and administration, teaching instructors and students how to use these learning technologies, and working with instructors and academic programs to build online courses.  Ankit is also experienced with supporting instructional multimedia technologies and classroom technologies used in hybrid and online learning environments.   

Rui Li

Rui Li
Assistant Vice President for Digital Learning & Innovation
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Rui is an online and digital learning expert who partners with faculty and academic leaders to enhance teaching and learning experiences through innovative pedagogical and digital strategies. She has supported the creation and implementation of over 20 online programs ranging from degree completion to doctoral programs. Rui is an accomplished scholar in the field of distance education and educational technology. Her research focuses on online education and technology effectiveness, impact, and management. She has published regularly in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She is a frequent presenter at a variety of national and international conferences.

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

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