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MA, Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis on eLearning Design and Implementation


The MA in Information and Learning Technologies with emphasis on eLearning Design and Implementation will change to Learning Design & Technology - eLearning effective fall 2019 for all enrolled students. The new name is more descriptive of the expertise program completers acquire and provides employers with a clearer description of graduates’ learning. This change better serves the interests of our current and future students and ensures their success post-graduation.

Think for a moment what education and training are going to be like in ten years. Technology is transforming the world, and education will keep up. You've picked an exciting time to explore a career in eLearning!

This degree program will give you the skills you need to design and facilitate online learning opportunities for learners in higher education, K12, and corporate settings. You'll experience interactive learning, hands-on projects and collaborative team work - all highly marketable skills. You will: create web-based instructional products that incorporate multi-media and hypermedia techniques and applications; and develop important leadership and research skills. You will then create an online portfolio that exemplifies best practices in e-Learning. The entire program takes about 2 years to complete.

All courses are online.

Outstanding faculty will be dedicated to your academic and professional growth. 

If you're considered a non-resident student and are living outside the state of Colorado, there's a financial advantage to taking all of your CU Denver courses online. The discounted online rate​ is 120% of the resident rate. This amount is higher than the standard in-state tuition, but significantly lower than the non-resident tuition amount.​

For additional information, contact or 303-315-6300.

Student Testimonials

The online courses were challenging, but they offered something I couldn't get locally--integration of the "how to" build websites with the "why" of instructional design. The instructors helped us adapt our projects to our individual situations. They challenged us to push our technical limits, responded to our questions, and applauded our results. Working with a cohort gave us a built-in group and the chance to see many different applications of the principles and techniques covered.

Cecelia Munzenmaier, Adjunct Composition Instructor

These courses have been very engaging for me. I particularly enjoy the teaching styles that [the instructors] have demonstrated in that they modeled the strategies they taught us. I hope to always implement this same approach in my teaching. To me this is exemplary teaching and I feel privileged to have had two Teacher of the Year award winning instructors for my coursework.

Yvonne Bogard, Instructional Technologist and Online Instructor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

I am simply amazed at the progress I've made in the last 6 months. I didn't even know what HTML stood for before these courses, except for that very smart people could write stuff in it and amazing things could happen on screen. Now I'm inventing new ways to use some of the resources you've introduced us to. ... You've definitely put together some of the very best online courses available anywhere.

Tiffany Espinosa, Manager of Professional and Career Development Training and Strategic Outreach, University of Colorado Denver School of Business


You need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to enroll in the eLearning Program. The bachelor’s degree can be in any field or specialty, i.e., it does not need to be a degree in education. Program participants vary in their backgrounds, but some form of teaching or training experience is helpful.


Students typically begin with courses on e-learning design then learn to develop their designs into workable prototypes. The remaining coursework consists of courses addressing the competencies of the field.


As you complete courses you will add products to a professional portfolio. This portfolio is submitted to faculty your final semester and serves as the comprehensive exam for the master’s degree. Links to recent portfolios are available are available on the ILT resources page​; reviewing this work can give you an idea of the kind of courses, projects, and careers our students engage in.


The eLearning Certificate and Masters programs are completely online; we use the Canvas course management system for all courses. Using Canvas, you can submit assignments, download documents, and participate in discussions. You will have access to Canvas once you are registered and courses begin.

We also use Adobe Connect, a webinar and synchronous communication tool, in some of our courses. Use of this tool is provided to students in this program.

Faculty and students use email as a major form of communication both within and external to Canvas. The other software tools include MSWord, MS PowerPoint, and various Web 2.0, open source and freeware tools. Students typically select specific authoring tools for various projects and assignments based on the needs of the project. In some instances, they may choose to purchase a tool such as Adobe Captivate, Dreamweaver, or Fireworks.


You need home access to a computer (Windows or Mac) with a high-speed Internet connection.

Successful completion of the MA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours. Visit our course plans​ for more information.


Overview of ILT tracks

ILT’s three program options (or tracks) are shown below. The second table gives extra advice for K-12 teachers.


For corporate and higher-ed environments and other workplace settings. Develop training resources via traditional e-learning outlets: self-paced modules, fixed-paced courses with LMS support; webinars and live events; and multimedia learning resources. 

K12 Teaching

For K12 educators staying in the classroom; topics include active and experiential pedagogy; media and maker projects; integration of technology; blended and online learning; PD/professional learning.

ID/Adult Learning

Planning and design of courses for higher ed; improving workplace learning; using technology on-site and online; facilitating organization change and technology adoption. This track’s core is smaller, allowing for individual student interests and needs.

K12 teachers - deciding on a program option

If our career goal is:

Then pursue this track:

Stay in the classroom

K-12 Teaching

District leader/PD specialist

K-12 or eLearning

Out of schools and into adult settings (corporate or higher ed)

eLearning or ID/Adult Learning


Our students go on to work in a broad spectrum of settings including:

  • Corporate and higher-ed environments and other workplace settings. 
  • Our alumni develop training resources via traditional e-learning outlets: self-paced modules, fixed-paced courses with LMS support; webinars and live events; and multimedia learning resources.

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