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Athabasca University

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design*

* This program was previously called Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design (PBCID).

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design (GCID) is offered by Athabasca University's Centre for Distance Education. Instructional design is a developing field with changing needs. As distance education and web-based learning grows and evolves, so too does instructional design. Professional instructional designers and educators with instructional design skills are in demand.

The certificate program is intended for practitioners who are specifically interested in issues related to:

  • systems analysis in distance education related settings
  • application of learning theory to instructional design
  • application of current ISD models to distance education and the development of instructional materials in a project-based setting
  • application of program evaluation concepts in distance education


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 30 2020 by laurab

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