Instructional Design in Online Teaching and Learning

The Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning specialization is designed to prepare expert practitioners to design, deliver, and evaluate online learning programs for K-12 as well as higher education, professional education, corporate universities, training and development, government agencies, and community settings. Emphasis will be on evaluating instructional design models from both theoretical and research bases with a focus on practical application to online and blended learning. The specialization allows students to experience and critically reflect upon high-quality instructional design for online & blended learning, as well as instructional message design for media presentation. It affords the participants to build a depth of knowledge in the research and practice of online & blended teaching and learning through carefully designed programs and coursework, and engage in increasingly complex learning experiences to develop teaching and design skills. Students will be able to design instruction, facilitate learning, engage in strategic administrative decision-making, apply research and effective practice, and evaluate programs and coursework in online & blended learning.


Course Description

This course will provide an empirical and theoretical foundation for effective online teaching and learning. Participants will explore cutting-edge research, theory, and practice of online instruction and engage in collaborative inquiry to address common assumptions about online and blended learning including cultural competence and ethical issues. Participants will draw upon relevant instructional theories, conceptual frameworks, and effective best practices as criteria for selection, implementation, and integration of online learning environments, and apply these theories and frameworks as they begin to construct a literature review to inform the intervention that addresses underlying causes and factors related to their Problem of Practice.


Course Description

In this course, participants will examine theory and research in instructional design (ID), evaluate the various ID models, and learn to evaluate and apply effective instructional design to enhance interdisciplinary learning experiences in online and blended educational environments. Instructional design theories and approaches will be discussed and contrasting views and perspectives of instructional design will be presented. A user-centered, iterative approach to design will be examined and applied to online and blended learning environments. Contemporary issues and trends in instructional design and a systems approach to design will be presented. The basic philosophical premise of the course is that there is not one method for design but rather an approach that considers the content, context, audience, and method of delivery in design. Participants will learn to effectively integrate and apply technology into instruction and will continue constructing a literature review that addresses underlying causes and factors related to their Problem of Practice.


Course Description

This course will explore theory and research as it relates to instructional message design and its effectiveness in enhancing student learning outcomes, satisfaction, message readability, and better presentation in traditional and digital media learning environments. Message design is the study of manipulating visual symbols and presentation in order to enhance learning. It presupposes that the effective manipulation of symbols modifies the cognitive, psychomotor, or affective behavior. The concepts of message design are grounded in what Dewey (1900) referred to as “linking science” between learning theory and educational practice (Fleming & Levie, 1993). The course will discuss the application of perception theory, communication theory, and systems theory to design and effectively present digital media. Participants will learn message design principles for promoting learner engagement and motivation. They will explore instructional implications, best practices, and learning activities and objectives that benefit their students in the classroom as well as inform their personal and professional development. Participants will apply these novel perspectives as they complete constructing a literature review to inform the intervention for their Problem of Practice project.


Course Description

This course explores trends and issues of current and historical significance to instructional design, message design, and online learning. The course prepares participants to make and defend policy decisions and become conversant with current trends and issues in the field. Readings will include contributions of key scholars, past and present, and topics covered include the history of instructional design, message design, and distance education. Critical issues, current trends and future prospects for the field are addressed as well as, research, theories, and approaches and their impact on present and future applications of instructional design, message design, and distance education. Participants will apply these novel perspectives as they begin to consider findings from their intervention study.

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Dr. Stephen Pape

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Cathy Cao