Instructional Design Specialization

Enhance your online degree program with a specialization in Instructional Design and prepare yourself for a career in the instructional design field. The Instructional Design Specialization focuses on design concepts and applications, instructional design for e-learning, and evaluating online instruction and classroom design. Find out more about the individual courses required for a specialization in instructional design from Ashford University. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Instructional Design Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Plan for successful lessons when you add the Instructional Design specialization to your Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies. These four (4), three (3) credit courses will enable you to evaluate technology and applications for successful learning.

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Degrees Offering the Instructional Design Specialization

Undergraduate Instructional Design Specialization Courses

EDU 120 Principles of Instructional Design

3 Credits

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

3 Credits

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. Prerequisite: EDU 120.

EDU 335 Design Concepts & Application for Online Learning

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.

EDU 336 Evaluation of E-Learning

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.