Learn how to reshape the flow of information and develop the necessary skills to support technology-based training with our master’s in instructional design and technology degree program.
Although distance learning is not a new concept, using the Internet for delivering course content is growing. Higher education institutions, K–12 schools, and corporate training programs all are discovering the value of online learning. With the Online Learning specialization, you will learn from a pioneer and experienced leader in online content development and instructional delivery. You’ll learn to produce and deliver courses or training modules using online 21st-century delivery methods. You will gain effective strategies for engaging and teaching distance learners and the ability to assess student-learning outcomes in online environments.
In this specialization, you will:
Embedded in this specialization is a certificate in Instructional Design that you earn after completing the sixth course. Earning this certificate demonstrates to potential employers the skills you have already gained and to your current employer just how far you have already progressed. Upon graduation, you can also earn an additional certificate in Training and Performance Improvement.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||EDUC 6105||Course||Organizations, Innovation, and Change||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6115||Course||Learning Theories and Instruction||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EIDT 6121||Course||Multimedia Design and Development I||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EIDT 6122||Course||Multimedia Design and Development II||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EIDT 6100||Course||Instructional Design||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EIDT 6110||Course||Advanced Instructional Design||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6125||Course||Foundations of Research||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6135||Course||Distance Learning||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EDUC 6145||Course||Project Management in Education and Training||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Understanding the fundamentals of organizational behavior and change management are essential for facilitating innovation in any organization. In this course, education professionals examine the role of instructional designers in managing change within an organization. They evaluate leadership qualities and practices that foster and sustain innovation in various settings, such as corporations, higher education, K–12 education, government, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. They also explore the resistance to change and barriers to innovation as well as problem-solving techniques that promote competitive advantage.
Effective instructional design begins with an understanding of the learning process. The behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist, and social learning theories and their relationship to instructional practices and course design are also examined. Factors that influence learning, such as learning styles, motivation, and engagement, are also explored.
In this first of two multimedia courses, students take a systematic approach to the design and development of multimedia for instruction. Specifically, students will explore various applications within the Adobe Creative Cloud. Applying basic principles of visual literacy, students gain practical experience with text, graphics, and web design for the creation of interactive learning experiences.
In this second of two multimedia courses, students take a systematic approach to the design and development of multimedia for instruction. Specially, students will continue to explore the various applications within the Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as Adobe Captivate. Applying basic principles of visual literacy, students gain practical experience with audio, video, and screen capturing for the creation of interactive learning experiences.
In this course, educators learn the foundational principles and elements of the instructional systems development process, from analysis through evaluation. They explore commonly used instructional design models, such as ADDIE, and they learn how to apply them in an education or training environment. They gain an understanding of the preliminary phases of instructional design models, such as writing instructional objectives and conducting analyses. Educators also focus on incorporating sound instructional strategies into the design and development of instructional systems and into the development of prototypes in real-world instructional settings.
This course is designed to extend educators’ knowledge and application of the instructional design process. Educators gain a deeper understanding of best practices for implementing and evaluating education and training programs. They engage in a variety of assignments that emphasize the delivery of instruction and the various strategies for assessing student learning both during and after instruction. Educators demonstrate their understanding of course concepts by solving a real-world instructional or performance improvement problem. Intended to be taken after EIDT 6100.)
An introduction to the principles and processes of research is provided in this course. Education professionals explore the various steps and considerations of the research process. They develop an understanding of basic research methodologies and statistical analyses, learn how to formulate research problems and questions, conduct a literature review, and critique and evaluate research. Additionally, they consider the ethical responsibilities of the researcher.
Online education could be the driving force that transforms education and training practices in the 21st century. Through this lens, education professionals explore the current trends impacting the field of distance education and their implications for the design and development of distance-learning programs. They examine the different models, theories, and technologies used in the development and delivery of online education and training programs. They also explore the implications and considerations of designing instruction for blended, fully online, instructor-led, and self-paced learning environments.
Purposeful and careful planning is a key element to the success of any program. In this course, education professionals explore the systematic approaches to project management. Education professionals learn to use various project management tools, procedures, and methodologies, which they apply to projects in a real-world education or training environment. They also analyze the interrelated nature of the triple constraints of time, cost, and scope as well as their influence on the overall quality of the project.
|Course Code||EIDT 6510||Course||Online Instructional Strategies||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
|Course Code||EIDT 6511||Course||Assessments in Online Environments||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
Effective instruction in an online setting requires strategies that leverage the unique characteristics of distance learners and online environments. In this course, educators apply their knowledge of instructional design and distance learning to analyze, select, and design instructional strategies that are most effective for engaging and teaching online learners. They learn methods for managing and delivering online instruction, with the goal of integrating effective strategies with course management tools and multimedia technologies in synchronous and asynchronous environments.
Instructors are provided with the opportunity to reach beyond traditional practices and explore new ways of assessing student learning outcomes in the online environment. In this course, educators apply their knowledge of learning theory, assessment practices, and instructional design principles to the development of assessment strategies in online education and training environments. They review research and practical strategies for assessing student learning in synchronous and asynchronous environments.
|Course Code||EIDT 6910||Course||Capstone: Practical Application of Instructional Design||Credits||(3 sem. cr.)|
This course is the culminating experience for the program. Educators are provided with the opportunity to exhibit their knowledge, skills, and creativity in an authentic situation. They demonstrate their ability to integrate instructional design principles and practical skills and apply them to a real-world learning or performance problem. Educators work with a client in a consultative capacity or explore a case study that may include front-end analyses; design, development, and implementation of performance support and instructional materials; and/or evaluation of an instructional or performance support program. Completion of all other program coursework.)