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.
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.
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 instructional design 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 instructional design setting.
EDU 232 Instructional Design for E-Learning
This course will introduce students to a variety of eLearning strategies preparing them to select and evaluate eLearning for a variety of learners and organizational contexts. Throughout this course, students will have an opportunity to evaluate eLearning and create effective assessments for eLearning activities. Additionally, students build on prior learning about needs assessment in instructional design contexts. Prerequisite: EDU 120.
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. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.
EDU 336 Evaluation of E-Learning
In this course, students will examine eLearning in a variety of forms. Students will explore various instructional design eLearning principles, their application to eLearning materials, and will develop the skills necessary to evaluate eLearning products. Through the study of eLearning, students will also learn to identify evaluation methods that are appropriate to both context and audience. Prerequisites: EDU 120 and EDU 232.