Suggestions on elearning degree courses in San Francisco Bay Area?

Feb 27, 2014

Hi Everyone,

This is my first question but I have been following e-learning heroes for ages and this community has helped me get out of a lot of tight spots in my previous job. I just shifted my base to the San Francisco Bay Area and I want to enroll to a good university here for a degree course in Instructional Design with an overlay of Project Management. I have a work experience of 2 years as an Associate Project Manager. I have a hands on experience on authoring tools like Storyline, Captivate, Articulate Studio - Presenter, Engage and Quiz Maker and other tools like Audacity, Microsoft Project Plan, Office Suite. I have done a fair bit of storyboarding too. But my core competency lies in client servicing. I saw that there is a post where some one has done a great job of listing out universities, but I couldn't find an entry that covers the Bay area. Could you please help me choose the right course?

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4 Replies
Justin M


Are you only interested in on-campus programs?  It may be hard to find one in your area.  I'm not sure what level of education you're seeking, but you may want to consider an online program from an accredited university.  You can check for a list of fully online graduate certificates in instructional design, online teaching, e-learning, and related fields.  Graduate certificates are linked to Master's degree programs you can browse too.  Hope this helps!

Rachel Barnum

I'd highly recommend ASTD's training programs honestly. I recently did the ASTD Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design certificate and absolutely loved it. They offer some in person classes as well, and I'm sure San Francisco (or other parts of Northern Cal) would be hubs for those.

For project management, I'd recommend looking into the PMI institute and getting certs and training through there. It is what most companies look for. 

Those two combined will open plenty of doors for you without sinking money into a degree program.

Otherwise, I'd combine that training with an MBA for project management, or even adult education. There isn't a lot out there yet for e-learning specifically and a lot of the time they seem to be for Moodle type of trainings. My alma mater North Carolina State University does offer an online E-Learning Graduate Certificate

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