Instructional Design and Technology Courses at Ashford University

Discover how to harness the power of technology to create impactful learning experiences for learners of all ages. These classes, the core of Ashford University’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, will develop your skills for analyzing, designing, researching, developing, and evaluating a wide range of instructional programs. You will learn how to develop curriculum for classrooms and employee training programs for the business world.

Instructional Design and Technology Class Descriptions and Credit Information

IDT 601 Instructional Analysis I

3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the instructional design process.  Students will start with the identification of a problem or need that can be addressed by an instructional intervention. Weekly course work will then culminate in conducting a complete instructional design front end analysis (IDFEA). Major components to the IDFEA include: gathering data to inform the intervention, identifying and describing a target audience and learning setting, and providing an overview of tasks, instruction, and content that will be associated with the proposed solution to the problem or need.  In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology.

IDT 602 Instructional Analysis II

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 601: Instructional Analysis I.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of instructional design project proposal (IDPP) and a conference presentation and proposal (CPP). Major components to the IDPP include: addressing the strategies and resources as well as the outcomes that the target population will achieve as a result of the instructional intervention.  The CPP is an opportunity to construct and present a proposal for the instructional design project as if planning to do so at an academic or professional conference.  Although an actual conference will not be attended, a presentation will be recorded for MSIDT program peers and the program’s faculty to view.  The proposal format used has been adapted from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) conference proposal. The AECT was chosen as it is a prominent organization in the field of instructional design and technology.  In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 601

IDT 603 Instructional Design and Technology I

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 602: Instructional Analysis II.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of a design document, flowcharts, and storyboards. The Design Document is where additional factors that may affect the design of the final project will be considered while the flowcharts and storyboards will provide graphical and visual details related to project navigation, usability, and design. Prerequisite: IDT 602.

IDT 604 Instructional Design and Technology II

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 603: Instructional Design and Technology I.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of instructional materials, the assessment of project changes, and professional network development.  Three examples of instructional materials to support the implementation of the final project will be created. Students will also assess their MSIDT coursework up to this point and make necessary project revisions to refine the overall effectiveness of the design, feasibility, usability, and alignment to the project learning objectives. In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 603

IDT 605 ID Project Management

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 604: Instructional Design and Technology II.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of a communication and management plan. The communication and management plan will address the communication hierarchy, preferred methods of communication, and how frequently everyone should be communicating.  Student’s will also provide an overview of how the content will be sequenced in their projects as well as conduct a topic and/or concept and/or task analysis depending on the nature of the content and project. Prerequisite: IDT 604

IDT 606 ID Technology Research

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 605: ID Project Management.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of technology market study and making project design revisions. In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 605

IDT 607 Evaluation of Instructional Systems

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 606: ID Technology Research.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of Program/Project Evaluation and an Evaluation Plan. Students will conduct a Program/Project Evaluation through the construction of a logic model while the evaluation plan will be developed to establish how target audience will be assessed to determine whether the solution to the problem has been effective.  Prerequisite: IDT 606

IDT 608 Instructional Development I

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 607: Evaluation of Instructional Systems.Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of a working prototype which reflects the major features, content, and functionality student’s MSIDT project. In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 607

IDT 609 Advanced Instructional Design and Technology

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 608: Instructional Development. Weekly course work will culminate in students conducting an Alpha Test with the Prototype developed in IDT 708. Once conducted, students will analyze and write up the results of the alpha test in the form of an Alpha Test Report. Prerequisite: IDT 608

IDT 610 Advanced Instructional Design and Technology II

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 609: Advanced Instructional Design and Technology I. Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of a design team and stakeholder plan. Student will also make revisions to their projects based on the results of their alpha test that was conducted in IDT 709. In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 609

IDT 611 Final Project Phase I

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 610: Advanced Instructional Design and Technology II.  Weekly course work will culminate in students conducting a Beta Test with their final project.  Once conducted, students will analyze and write up the results of the beta test in the form of a Beta Test Report. Finally, students will make revisions to their projects based on their beta test findings. Prerequisite: IDT 610

IDT 612 ID Final Project Phase II

3 Credits

This course builds on the work completed in IDT 611: Final Project Phase I.  Weekly course work will culminate in the completion of a final project presentation, the creation of an ePortfolio containing various artifacts of MSIDT coursework, and a final project reflection.  In addition, students will take part in professional network development (PND) activities and discussions to create connections to other professionals via social networking technologies in the field of instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: IDT 611

Degree Programs Containing Instructional Design and Technology Courses