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Tom Ashcraft

Alyssa - what do you mean by open university? Other than a formal university program, I consider this community to be the best at advancing my e-learning skills. I also spend a lot of time on sites like Six Revisions and A List Apart for usability and design education. What is it exactly you're trying to learn more about? Perhaps I can recommend something more specific.

Bruce Graham

Alyssa,

Again, not quite sure what you are looking for, however, late last year I participated in the first pilot of this course in the UK, bit which had a Europe-wide audience.

I know they are running one currently, and it may well be worth contacting iEducate. I have worked for 12+ years in eLearningm, and it was EXTREMELY useful for me, both as a way of checking I was still on the right course (excuse the pun...), and also to introduce / update me with newer concepts that I had perhaps forgotten (podcasting being one example).

Good luck.

Bruce

Kat Fardian

Hi Alyssa,

I too am new to e learning with no formal qualifications so I'm also looking for a course to get some accreditation. I'm guessing you're in Australia as I had a look at Open University as well. I didn't find anything that grabbed me greatly.

I'm not really sure what level you are looking for but I'm in Sydney and I've found 2 courses which seem to be ok.

  1. Macquarie University has a few different Post Grad Education Courses which can be done by distance they aren't e learning specific but you can specialise
  2. Sydney University has a Masters of Learning Science and Technology which is a mix of distance and face to face

I'd be interested to know if you find anything better!

Happy hunting,

Kat

Jay  Chun

I think the best university if the Articulate University--aka Articulate community.  I really believe this site will teach you more than any formal schooling can.  Spend an hour or two on this site reading all the blogs and posts--or search whatever question you have on Google and add the word "articulate" next to it.  This strategy works wonders for me.  I don't think there was a single question that I had that wasn't already discussed on this site.

Pam Jones

I agree with Jay - the "Articulate University" has been incredidle  for ideas and learning not just about how to get the best out of the software - but also about instructional strategies and all sorts of other e-learning stuff. I completed a postgrad a few years back in ICT and Education and it was largely theoretical and whilst some of it was useful I'm not sure how much of it I use in my day to day elearning design work and how much it helped me master my e-learning skills. In a nutshell, for me the best way to master e-learning skills is to get designing on the job. Photographers tend to say they're only as good as the photo they took - I think this is the same for e-learning design - you're only as good as the last course you designed.

Happy designing.

Ruth McElhone

Kat P said:

Hi Alyssa,

I too am new to e learning with no formal qualifications so I'm also looking for a course to get some accreditation. I'm guessing you're in Australia as I had a look at Open University as well. I didn't find anything that grabbed me greatly.

I'm not really sure what level you are looking for but I'm in Sydney and I've found 2 courses which seem to be ok.

  1. Macquarie University has a few different Post Grad Education Courses which can be done by distance they aren't e learning specific but you can specialise
  2. Sydney University has a Masters of Learning Science and Technology which is a mix of distance and face to face

I'd be interested to know if you find anything better!

Happy hunting,

Kat

Hi Kat,

Check out these links, they may be of interest and  are based in Australia

http://www.bonlinelearning.com.au/master-elearning.html

http://www.bonlinelearning.com.au/articulate.html

Cheers

Ruth

Cynthia Furk

I am currently a student at Athabasca University. The classes are academically challenging and provide helpful theoretical as well as real world relevant information.  The full program is the Masters in Distance Education but you can also take a Diploma in Instructional Design. I would recommend this program to anyone. Be prepared though, online study requires self discipline, organization and self motivation. 

Good luck

Leandra Blair

@Cynthia - I finished a Masters level degree in Education with a specialty in Instructional Design for Online Learning. It was an online degree program and very academically challenging. Would I do it over again...maybe not. I like to develop content and could have used some classes in learning theory, but the program needed more focus on practical application. This site has helped me to understand how to develop the content through the use of different tools. I understand we need to follow a model (ex: ADDIE) but the most frustration to me in this rapid elearning arena is how does all of the technical stuff work?? What programs to use, what works well together, etc.

This whole area is challenging! I learn so many new things everyday!

Richard Sakari
Cynthia Furk

I am currently a student at Athabasca University. The classes are academically challenging and provide helpful theoretical as well as real world relevant information.  The full program is the Masters in Distance Education but you can also take a Diploma in Instructional Design. I would recommend this program to anyone. Be prepared though, online study requires self discipline, organization and self motivation. 

Good luck

Hi Please can you help me to start the Diploma in Instructional Design. Thanks