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Instructional Systems Development




Every semester, each student is required to have academic advising.  Advising is designed to make sure each student is completing the program in a timely and efficient manner.  It is also required before a student is given authorization to register for the next semester.

Dr. Chuck Hodell is the Academic Advisor for all students enrolled in the ISD Graduate Programs.  He can be contacted at  Students who are unsure which courses to take should utilize the advising options to discuss some of the following:

  • Course choice and course sequence
  • Academic performance issues and student progress
  • Career development plans
  • Comprehensive exam planning and preparation

Once students know which course(s) they want to take they should use the Academic Advising Form to submit to Dr. Hodell. It may take 7 - 10 days to review and approve an advising form during times of high volume.  (Advising authorization does not reserve a seat in a course for a student. Please check your registration dates).

Click here for the Academic Advising PDF Form.  To view the advising form as a word document click here.

Below are instructions on completing the form.

The Academic Advising form should contain the following: 

  • Complete the General Information section completely
  • If you have completed any course, enter the term, (Fall, Spring or Summer) and year that a course was completed under the column marked “Semester Completed.”    For example, if a course is completed in the Fall semester of 2009, simply put “Fall 2009” in that column. 
  • If you are currently enrolled in a course, enter the current term by the course under the column, “Semester Enrolled/Anticipated”
  • Please indicate your projected courses for the next semester in the "Semester Enrolled/Anticipated" section. (Please review the current program schedule to ensure that the courses are offered.)

Completed form needs to be sent to Dr. Chuck Hodell at or fax to 443-543-5096. (Email is the recommended method for sending your completed form.)

Once the form is completed and returned, it is the responsibility of the student to contact Dr. Hodell by e-mail to check for approval and determine if additional advising is necessary.

If you have any questions, contact Renee Eisenhuth, Program Coordinator at for clarification.

Comprehensive Exam or Portfolio Requirement
Students admitted to the Master's degree in Instructional Systems Development - Training Systems, prior to fall 2012, are required to complete a comprehensive exam.  Students, beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, admitted to the Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development – Training Systems, will be required to complete a professional portfolio. More information about these requirements may be found on the Master of Arts page.