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Instructional Systems Development

ISD

Course Descriptions

 

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EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I [3] Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

This course includes the elements of analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation. An emphasis is placed on micro-level design issues including analysis, design and evaluation. Learners work through the ISD process to assemble a training or education project that is ready for implementation. A design plan and lesson plan is constructed to allow learners real-world experience in the ISD process.  The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format. 

Prerequisite: Taken in first semester and consent of department

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EDUC 603: Instructional Systems Development II [3] Online (Fall, Spring, Summer)

This course focuses on the assessment, design and evaluation stages of the ADDIE model of instructional systems design.  It promotes a sequential process through which instructional designers define performance problems, analyze performance gaps, identify root causes, propose training solutions, design appropriate learning events and craft evaluation strategies to measure the efficacy of their recommended approaches. Students will prepare multiple project documents throughout this real-world, real-time applied learning event, culminating in a final project portfolio of professional-grade ISD work. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 605: Adult Learner [3] Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

This course covers adult learning theories, instructional strategies and other aspects of adult learning and human performance improvement, with a special emphasis on the implications for design, delivery, evaluation and the application of learning. Other selected topics include alternative methods to traditional learning/training, and the characteristics, motivation and learning preferences of adult learners.  The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format. 

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 641: The Online Classroom [3] Online (Summer only)

In this course, various aspects of computer-mediated communication and instruction are examined. A broad range of distance education issues and applications are explored from a theoretical and practical standpoint.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 recommended and consent of department.

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EDUC 643: Principles of Distance Education [3] Online (Spring only)

This course provides students with a foundation in history, theory, organization, technologies and instructional procedures used in distance education. Students gain experience with several distance-education delivery systems.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 recommended and consent of department.

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EDUC 647: Corporate Distance Training [3] Online (Fall only)

This course identifies how to maximize utilization of organizational technology to deliver distance training. Students will examine case studies to explore current practices and future trends in business application of distance learning.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.  There will be some optional synchronous sessions that will be recorded for later viewing. 

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 648: Issues in Consulting for Training and Development [3] Blended/Hybrid (Spring only)

Students examine the various roles, functions, skills and knowledge needed of internal and external consultants to help solve human performance problems.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department.

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EDUC 649: Best Practices in Training, Development and Performance [3] Online (Summer only)

This course provides participants with awareness of strategies, practices, and ideas concerning training and development issues. It is designed for students to explore “real world” applications for programs, services and operations in a training environment.  Professionals in the training field will be featured as guest speakers. This course is offered in the summer of odd numbered years (e.g. 2011) This course is taught using a synchronous online delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department.

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EDUC 671: Principles of Training and Development [3] Online (Fall and Spring) and On-Campus (Summer only)

This course examines key principles relevant to training and development. They include: the role of training in an organization, adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, organizational support, resources and constraints, evaluation of training, and managing the training function. Issues that influence training implementation, such as ethics and interpretation, are also addressed.  The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 681: Survey of Instructional Technology Applications [3] Online (Fall and Spring)

First in a series of three Instructional Technology courses, this course exposes students to a range of multi-media tools used to design interactive instruction including computer-based training (CBT) and web-based training (WBT) products. Through analysis and hands-on experience with each tool, the students identify the properties of each tool, describe the strengths and limitations and evaluate their application for different learning events. This course formerly was EDUC 640. This course is designed for PC and Windows based software. It does not support MAC users. The online section of this course is taught using a synchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 682: Instructional Technology Design and Development [3] Online (Fall and Spring)

Second in the series of Instructional Technology courses, this course continues a student's development process as he/she applies ISD principles to the development and delivery of instruction using a computer-based training model. This course formerly was EDUC 610. This course is designed for PC and Windows based software. It does not support MAC users. This course is taught using a synchronous online delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 640 or 681 required and consent of department

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EDUC 683: Multi-Media Project Management [3] Online (Fall and Spring)

The last of three Instructional Technology courses, this lab-based course allows students to apply project development and multi-media design skills by completing an industry-based design project. The course is divided into four or more discrete modules that teach specific multi-media development applications required to execute and complete the design project. By the conclusion of the course, each student possesses comprehensive knowledge of the applications and how to apply them to a multi-media design project. This course formerly was EDUC 620. This course is designed for PC and Windows based software. It does not support MAC users. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.  There will be some synchronous sessions that will be recorded for later viewing.

Prerequisite: EDUC 640 or 681 required and consent of department

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EDUC 689: Special Topics: Connecting Instructional Systems Development (ISD) and Human Performance Improvement (HPI) [3] Online (Fall)

This course will address the role that Human Performance Improvement (HPI) plays in the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) world. The course is designed for students to explore the field of HPI and to identify the skills and knowledge inherent in HPI profession that may also benefit students in ISD or other professions. Professionals from the field of HPI will be guest speakers for the synchronous lectures of this course offering.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 689 Special Topics: ISD for Informal Learning [3] Online (Summer only)

This course considers multiple formats for providing extended learning opportunities beyond the classroom or training center.  Throughout the semester, students will examine multiple informal learning tools and determine how best to identify, foster, and sustain a professional learning network.  Students will also discuss and debate the relevance of social learning as a medium for ongoing professional development, as well as a strategic learning partner for business. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 689 Special Topics: Managing Training and Performance Function [3] Online (Summer, even years only)

This course will address the management of training, workplace learning and performance. The course is designed with multiple real world applications and skills required in management positions. Emphasis will be on applied projects and practical approaches used successfully by professionals from the field of training and performance. This course is offered in the summer of even numbered years (e.g. 2012) This course is taught using a synchronous online delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 689 Special Topics: Managing Your Career [3] Online (Winter session only)

This course will provide students with tools, strategies and techniques to manage their career successfully.    The main objective of the course is to prepare students to advance their career goals.  These goals may include getting a job, a promotion, or seeking projects/opportunities that enhance your career.  Additionally, students will assess their interests, knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies to for specific job opportunities in the field of workplace learning.  Students will receive individual career counseling and coaching in their job search process.

This course will also cover: Managing career paths and transitions; career challenges faced by workplace learning professionals; working with recruiters, HR and hiring managers; marketing yourself to employers and clients; forecasting future jobs and competencies; resume and cover letter development; interviewing strategies and practice; and performance appraisal strategies.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 689 Special Topics: Portfolio Development & Talent Management [3] Online (Fall and Summer)

This course will cover the design and development of career portfolios for professionals in training, instructional design, instructional technology, eLearning and performance improvement fields. It will also address how to use a portfolio as career development and evaluation tool for individuals in managing their own careers, and how organizations can use portfolios in the talent management arena to recruit, asses, develop and evaluate current employees and potential employees.

Students will create a professional portfolio and conduct an actual job search incorporating their portfolios. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 689: Special Topics: Project Management [3] Blended/ Hybrid (Fall only)

In this course students examine the fundamental project management principles within the context of the instructional systems development model. Students apply the project management principles to solve training and development case studies and simulations. This course is taught using a blended/ hybrid method of delivery that uses in-person class meetings and some online asynchronous sessions.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

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EDUC 771: Research Designs in Education [3] Online (Fall and Spring)

This applied research course is designed for Master’s students in the ISD Training Systems graduate program. The course focuses on the process of applying research design models and methodologies to the analysis of performance problems or opportunities for organizations, teams or individual workers. Students will develop and apply a variety of systematic measurement and evaluation tools, including extant (existing) data research, surveys, benchmarking, and focus groups while conducting performance and root cause analysis in the context of needs assessments or front end analysis. A statistical analysis software package will be used to analyze and report research data.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisites: EDUC 602, 603, 605 and/or consent of department.

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EDUC 792T: ISD Internship [3] Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

A field-oriented experience in which the student designs and implements a system of instruction, an analysis technique or evaluation design in a setting consistent with the student's professional preparation.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: Full MA program admission status, completion of 10 out of 12 program courses and consent of department.

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EDUC 794: ISD Project Seminar [3] Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

This course provides the advanced graduate student in the ISD program the opportunity to analyze an educational or training problem, and apply the complete instructional systems development process to the design and development of a comprehensive instructional program to meet the needs determined by the analysis. The student is expected to design a project plan and follow the plan as he or she designs and develops all the instructional material necessary to support delivery of the comprehensive instructional system. The instructional system is expected to include an evaluation component and reflect the proper application of ISD principles in the overall design.  This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 792T, completion of 10 out of 12 program courses and consent of department.

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EDUC 796: Human Performance Technology [3] On-Campus (currently not offered)

This course focuses on a synergistic examination of the current issues related to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of training systems for employee training in industry and business. Corporate organization, financial, social and political factors are analyzed in terms of their effect upon the efficacy and efficiency of such training programs. The students are expected to research such factors and their synergistic effect upon corporations' internal efforts to respond to training needs.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department.