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ETSU’s Instructional Design Certificate

Department of Educational Foundations & Special Education

Curriculum

Curriculum

Click below for a detailed explanation of each course required of the Instructional Design Certificate. Information includes course length, time & effort, modality, course objectives, and major assignments. 

 

Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Design

 

Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Design

Course Overview:

This course will focus on theory, ethics, and research practices of instructional design for the online learner. Materials will cover learning theories, cognitive load, and concepts of universal design for learning. This course will also introduce currently accepted frameworks of instructional design.

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

15-weeks, Traditional Fall/Spring Semester

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 3-4 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Case Studies, Presentation of Learning Theory Application, Theories Grid

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Evaluate best instructional practices for online learners
  • Examine fundamental principles of instructional design
  • Identify target audience for instruction as well as best andragogic practices for engaging and motivating the adult learner
  • Introduce key components of ethical practice
  • Employ heuristic principles in evaluating e-learning designs
Exploring Instructional Design Technology Tools

 

Exploring Instructional Design Technology Tools

Course Overview:

This course will explore the current and emerging technologies that help support online development, design, and learning. Learners will survey and sample the tools and emerging multimedia technologies available for the creation of online instructional materials. The course will also work to evaluate potential online learning environments and platforms.

 

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

15-weeks, Traditional Fall/Spring Semester

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 3-4 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Case Studies, Infographic Project, Articulate Storyline Project, Lecture Video Capture, LMS SWOT Analysis

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Identify the foundations of interactive multimedia.
  • Evaluate course content authoring tools and learning platforms.
  • Create multimedia-based instructional content.
  • Measure the usability and accessibility of designer-created content and how it functions within a self-contained learning unit.

 

Designing Effective and Sustainable Learning Environments

 

Designing Effective and Sustainable Learning Environments 

Course Overview:

This course introduces the learner to the application of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the instructional design process to solve instructional problems. Course materials highlight online best practices as well as the selection and presentation of appropriate online content.  Primary materials include Dick and Carey’s The Systematic Design of Instruction, the ADDIE framework, Neilson’s Heuristic Usability Principles, and Universal Design for Learning concepts.   

 

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

7-week Summer Course

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 3-4 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Needs Assessment, ADDIE Reflection, Instructional Unit Prototype

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Describe the appropriate steps and sequence of the instructional design process.
  • Evaluate the usability of instructional materials.
  • Use instructional design best practices to create effective learning solutions.

 

Instructional Design Practicum

 

Instructional Design Practicum  

Course Overview:

This course will follow a practicum model that provides students with an opportunity to construct a complete instructional design unit. Students will incorporates the theoretical foundations of instructional design during the creation and presentation of online instructional content for the purpose of solving an instructional problem. Primary materials will include a continuation and application of the tools and resources covered in the Designing Effective and Sustainable Learning Environments Course. 

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

7-week Summer Course

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 5-6 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Full-scale creation of a fully-functional learning unit.

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Apply recommended revisions to a pre-existing instructional design prototype.
  • Assemble a complete instructional unit that follows instructional design best practices and usability principles.  

 

Research in Instructional Design and Development

 

Research in Instructional Design and Development  

Course Overview:

This course will include scholarly synthesis of evidence-based research and practice in the field of instructional design. This course will also prepare students for conference presentations and scholarly publications in the field.  

 

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

15-weeks, Traditional Fall/Spring Semester

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 3-4 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Literature Review, Research Proposal

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Explore qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research methods.
  • Examine scholarly articles in the field of instructional design practice.
  • Prepare a research proposal on a topic relevant to the field of instructional design.

 

Current Trends and Emerging Issues in Instructional Design and Training

 

Current Trends and Emerging Issues in Instructional Design and Training  

Course Overview:

This course offers a survey of the current trends and issues in the field of instructional design and training. Materials will include scholarly publications and case studies that expose ethical considerations, accessibility legislation, and significant shifts in design and evaluation models. Students will use current course evaluation methodologies to create a course/training-specific improvement plan and implementation strategy 

What You'll Invest

Course Length

Course Length

15-weeks, Traditional Fall/Spring Semester

Time & Effort

Time & Effort

Successful students devote 3-4 hours per week.

Delivery Mode

Mode

Course is 100% asynchronous, online with no required meetings. 

Major Assignments

Major Assignments 

Emerging Trends Presentation, Critical Evaluation of a Course or Training Program

 

What You'll Learn:

  • Interpret instructional design and training case studies to determine acceptable process improvement plans and implementation strategies.
  • Identify current trends and issues that continue to impact and reach of instructional design best practices in academia and corporate training initiatives.
  • Appraise online instructional content using current evaluation rubrics and quality assurance models.

 

 

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