Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) Certificate


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The Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL) certificate program addresses the principles of the effective design and implementation of online and blended-learning classes. The major goal of the program is to prepare faculty, instructors, or course designers in higher education, K-12 or the corporate training environment to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective instructors or course developers for online or blended-learning classes.

The entire IDOL program is taught in an online environment. All the IDOL classes are designed using the most current research of effective online pedagogies, so participants will not only learn about effective pedagogies but also get to experience them as a student. Classes include a synchronous weekly webinar, but sessions are recorded for participants that cannot attend the "live" session. Participants will be using some of the most current technologies to complete the course. This will allow participants to get up to speed on new technologies but also learn how to effectively implement them into a learning environment. Some of the technologies that are woven throughout the program include:

  • Web conferencing
  • Learning Management Systems
  • eText Readers
  • Digital video creation
  • Posting videos to YouTube
  • Accessibility for online learning
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Web page development
  • Effective PowerPoint design

The IDOL classes can be applied toward the completion of the M.Ed. in Educational Technology.

Contact Information

Sheri Stover, Program Director
(937) 775-3008

Ally Copper, Program Coordinator
(937) 775-2518


Admission Requirements

  • As a graduate-level certificate program, a bachelor’s degree is required

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723


Below are some thoughts from participants who have taken IDOL classes. Hear from them about how the IDOL classes have impacted their teaching:

Mary Ellen Bargerhuff
Wright State University, College of Education and Human Services
Associate Dean and Professor

"When I began taking the courses in the on-line certificate program, I was a complete novice to virtual teaching. As an administrator in our college, I was very nervous about looking foolish in front of other students, many of whom I know in a professional capacity. Through these courses, I have learned both practical and instructional design skills that have opened up whole new vistas of opportunity for me. I now feel comfortable teaching in a virtual learning environment. I understand the process from a student and a teacher perspective and I have a grasp of best practice as it applies to the on-line world. I've come to realize that good teaching can be accomplished in a variety of environments and that there are distinct advantages to teaching on-line. I've been in the teaching business for many years and it's exciting to realize I can still learn and keep up with these wonderful changes in the field!"

Scott Graham
Wright State University, College of Education and Human Services
Associate Professor

"I took this course to help me help leaders and leadership development specialists/educators/trainers to understand how they can use blended learning to enhance their own learning environments. I got that...and SO much more. I will be able to use our learning lessons in my undergraduate and graduate teaching, in my training/consulting, and in my future work with leaders. It is so amazing to me how relatively easy it is to learn the use of these innovative tools, and what a positive, immediate, broadly appealing and widespread impact learning in this new and creative way can be. Do not think this is "your father's Buick", as the saying goes. The tools and uses have kept up with the needs and demands in our dynamic, complex work environments. If you think online learning is 1000 people listening to a one-way webinar or podcast, you are many years behind the power of the web to make learning come alive. Way behind."

Sean Pollock
Wright State University, College of Liberal Arts
Assistant Professor

"EDT 8490, "Making Online Courses Interactive" has opened my eyes to the great promise of interactive online teaching. I am learning a lot and I recommend it without reservation. Thank you for offering it."

Marguerite Veres
Wright State University, College of Education and Human Services
Senior Lecturer

"The IDOL program has enhanced my skills in designing and delivering online courses. I now feel more confident and well prepared to be an online instructor. The techniques presented for designing and presenting effective interactive classes are wonderful. Virtual courses are growing in popularity in education, and new technologies have opened up new ways to deliver effective virtual courses. Educators will be expected to be able to deliver these courses, and the IDOL certificate program certainly prepares you to do just that."