Online Instructional Design Degree Courses

Chart your future with your Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design. Your online courses include everything you need to know, from learning theory and studies in assessment, to adult learning and virtual collaboration.

Introductory Course
Major Course Requirements

Introductory Course

All Bachelor’s program students are required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education as their first course. Students with zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits are also required to successfully complete the Student Success Orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, students are required to successfully complete EXP 105.

Student Success Orientation
The orientation is designed to provide students with a complete overview of the Ashford University experience, prepare them for success in their courses, and help them to self-evaluate their readiness to succeed in an online classroom setting. Students will be instructed on Ashford University policies and the learning resources that are available to them through interactive videos and assessments. Students enrolled in orientation must successfully complete all assigned activities.

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education
This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University's institutional outcomes and learning resources. A minimum grade of C- is required to successfully complete the course.

Major Course Requirements

(39 credits, all courses are 3 credits. Courses are listed in the recommended sequence.)

EDU 100 Issues in Education
This is an introductory course for students considering teaching as a career path or individuals seeking an increased understanding of the complexity and importance of education. The first focus is on topics in education that include, but are not limited to, teaching as a profession, diversity in the classroom, facilitation of student achievement and accountability, classroom management, and requirements for continuing professionalism in the field. The second focus of this course is on academic writing as a necessary component in the field of education.

ESE 370 Learning & the Brain
Teaching and learning issues within a cognitive processes context are explored. This course covers the study of emotion, memory, and recall as well as early brain development and its relationship to learning.

EDU 120 Principles of Instructional Design
This introductory course will cover learning theories including behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist and social learning as well as examine their relationship to instructional practices and course design. Basic principles and vocabulary for e-learning will be introduced. Additional topics covered will include factors that influence learning including motivation, learner engagement and learning styles. Students will begin to identify learning outcomes that can be addressed in an e-learning setting.

EDU 232 Instructional Design for E-Learning
Students will be introduced to a variety of instructional design strategies and address the selection of specific strategies to address learning needs in an educational or training environment. The role of needs assessment to inform design and formative evaluation to monitor instructional effectiveness will be addressed in this course.

EDU 335 Design Concepts & Application for Online Learning
The application of instructional design for online learning will be emphasized as students apply their knowledge to analyze, select and design instructional strategies that are most effective for engaging and teaching online learners. Students will learn methods for managing and delivering online instruction utilizing course management tools and multimedia technologies in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.

EDU 337 Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom
The use of e-learning to promote collaboration and team work in a virtual environment will be explored in this course. Opportunities for collaboration utilizing social networking and other tools will be evaluated. Students will utilize a variety of tools to experience real time learning in the virtual classroom.

EDU 356 Emerging Issues in Educational Technology
Strategies and ideas of including the latest in technology advancements to promote student engagement and learner success will be examined in this course. Mobile learning, the use of social media such as blogs and Facebook, as well as other Web 2.0 applications, will be explored and evaluated for instructional application.

EDU 358 Assessment of Student Learning
Students will learn to identify the differences in formative and summative evaluation data and design on-line learning scenarios to address both of these. The effectiveness of e-learning will be explored through research. The philosophy, use and development of grading rubrics for assignments will be explored. Issues of plagiarism and cheating in e-learning will also be examined.

EDU 336 Evaluation of E-Learning
Students will examine the components of online instruction and classroom design for high quality standards. Learners will evaluate and assess instructional design and its impact on student learning through a review of various sites and programs. Tools for evaluation of instructional material will be reviewed.

EDU 362 Adult Learning & Instruction
Students will learn about the various theories and practices associated with adult learning. Various modalities of instruction will be addressed including e-learning, accelerated courses, and training sessions.

EDU 431 Advanced Instructional Design
Students will apply a systematic approach to instructional and informational design to meet specific identified learner outcomes. Applying all of the steps for instructional design students will bring together the strategies and theories explored in the prerequisite courses to a learning project.

EDU 433 Project Management for Instructional Design
Instructional design requires careful and thoughtful collaboration among a variety of design team members. In this course various project management tools, procedures, and methodologies will be introduced as they are applied to projects in education or training. Students will explore the relationship of time constraints, cost, scope, and the nature of the project being designed.

EDU 496 Capstone Instructional Design
As the culmination of the Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design program, students throughout this course will complete a design project demonstrating their achievement of all program outcomes.

If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.