Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology
A growing number of businesses across multiple industries look to instructional designers to create new standards for employee training and education. Your curriculum in the online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Ashford University has been developed from the Instructional Designer Competencies developed and validated by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi®). Your project-based curriculum connects theoretical concepts to real-world applications as you develop and design learning solutions to address identified needs and problems, tailor coursework to individual design interests, and build a professional instructional design ePortfolio.
What Does an Instructional Designer Do?
Instructional designers suggest, select, and create learning experiences for a target audience. Each target audience has its own unique characteristics that need to be taken into consideration before a learning experience is created. Instructional designers must also identify specific gaps that are affecting the target audience. These gaps can be related to performance, knowledge, skills, information, and attitude. Instructional designers can work for a variety of industries, including higher education, corporate, and even the military. Education is a constantly evolving process that needs to be revised in order to keep up with new innovations and findings. Because of this evolution, there is a demand for professionals who can help reshape the education process, so that it can be relevant to the current generation that is learning.
What you will learn
The mission of the master’s degree in instructional design and technology prepares professionals to serve varied audiences in diverse educational contexts in the areas of effective learning analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation in a project-based curriculum that connects theoretical concepts to real-world applications.
Upon completion of the Ashford instructional design program, you will be able to:
- Apply fundamental research and communication skills into the instructional design process using instructional designer professional foundations
- Conduct comprehensive needs and instructional analyses as part of a learning project including an examination of target populations, environmental and learning characteristics, instructional materials, and multi-media and adaptive technologies
- Create learning and performance solutions using learning theory, instructional design techniques and strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and purposes
- Implement and Evaluate learning and performance solutions based on instructional design proposals and learning projects
- Model instructional designer management skills throughout the instructional design process
Your Courses in Instructional Design and Technology
Create meaningful and engaging educational experiences with your master’s degree in instructional design. Your instructional design courses cover the analysis, design, research, development, and evaluation of instructional programs.
Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)
Careers in Instructional Design and Technology
When you graduate with your online master’s degree in instructional design and technology, you will be prepared to create and design learning experiences for students of all ages and training programs for businesses of all sizes.
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