Instructional Design and Technology Courses and Requirements

Required Courses

  • EDUC 5903 Instructional Design Principles and Practices
  • EDUC 5905 Educational Technology and Media
  • EDUC 5907 Capstone Experience

Course Descriptions


Instructional Design Principles and Practices

Course Description
As an instructional designer you may find yourself working in web design, publishing, education, human resources, government, and more. It is an exciting field in which designers draw on learning theories and frameworks, analytical and project management skills, as well as creativity and flexibility. In this course students learn about various design models and development methods that are used to plan, develop, evaluate, and manage instructional materials and learning experiences. Students will gain essential instructional design skills through project-based assignments, culminating in the completion of a fully-developed educational or training module. Assignments include performing needs analyses, writing instructional objectives, creating design plans, developing learning and assessment materials, and writing various evaluation strategies.

Educational Technology and Media

Course Description
A broad understanding of media and technology is crucial for today’s Instructional Designer. Whether it’s working with an LMS, designing for mobile learning, or creating visually-engaging graphics, IDs need to be comfortable using a variety of technologies and media. Perhaps more importantly, IDs must develop strategies for staying current with new technologies and efficiently assessing their pedagogical affordances. Students in this course will learn about various instructional multimedia and the technologies used to create and facilitate learning. Students will compare and evaluate various technologies for relevance and effectiveness and will leave the course with the ability to apply principles of universal design to a final project.

Instructional Design Capstone Experience

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to provide experiential learning of how to effectively apply theoretical principles and best practices in online course design. Students gain practical experience through completing a Capstone instructional design project that they can add to their professional portfolio. In this final course, participants build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous courses in order to examine the pedagogical implications of online instruction and explore the various technologies available to create and deliver effective online learning. Students will demonstrate their understanding of how to bring together technology and pedagogy when they share their project development in class. They will develop responses to the challenges that course design presents: from working with subject matter experts to finding ways to create meaningful peer interactions. Students will explore and critique various models of online and web-enhanced course design and instruction.

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