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Kaplan University’s Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, and media in K-12 and corporate and military environments. Our program is designed to help you develop skills you can use to create new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society and the needs of new generations of students. Whether you are interested in pursuing a new career or a higher-level position, a master’s degree from Kaplan University could help you keep up with the advancing instructional technology field.*
At this time, residents of Kentucky may not enroll in the online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program.
The program’s core courses teach design and development skills in the areas of technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices. In addition, you can choose to further focus your studies in public and private learning environments and corporate and military contexts by choosing a concentration that best fits your career goals. Faculty members who are practicing professionals in the field will guide you as you:
This program covers a range of education and training from K-12 to corporate and government environments. Our graduates have the potential to seek careers in all types of environments that hire instructional designers, curriculum specialists, or instructional technologists.
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The program is designed to help you develop practical competencies in instructional technology design and tools, pedagogy, and management that could apply to a wide variety of careers in educational institutions and corporate, nonprofit, government, and military organizations including: instructional designer, curriculum developer or coordinator, trainer, learning and development specialist or manager, project manager, or instructional technology specialist.
In addition to the core courses, you can choose one of two concentration areas: K-12 or adults.
K–12: Focus on the design and development of new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society, new technologies, and the needs of new generations of students in public and private educational institutions.
Adults: Review design and development models, technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices used in instructional design in corporations, the military, and nonprofit training environments.
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Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Nov 23, 2016
This course focuses on the field of
instructional technology, placing the field within the context of
its history, current practices, and future directions. It
provides the conceptual framework for other courses within the
Total Program Credits: 50
This course presents the philosophical and
theoretical foundation of instructional design. Students explore
instructional design process models commonly used by
practitioners. They will apply the stages of a process model to
create design documents in the education and training contexts.
The model will address instructional analysis, assessing learning
from instruction, media characteristics and selection, managing
instruction, formative and summative evaluation, and the
motivational design of instruction.
This course presents the knowledge and skills necessary to identify training and/or instructional problems and potential solutions. You will explore the advantages and disadvantages of multiple techniques for performing a needs assessment. You will develop skills and collect resources related to the selection and use of analysis methods. You will conduct a needs analysis and submit a report in an education or training context. You will also consider evaluation taxonomies and models, tools, and techniques, and develop an evaluation strategy for an instructional program.
This course presents an in-depth overview of typical quantitative research methods used in educational research. Students will prepare an educational research proposal including a problem statement, research question(s) and hypotheses, a preliminary literature review, and a quantitative research design. The course examines procedures associated with quantitative research as well as the ethical standards involved in the protection of human subjects in educational research. Practical limitations of quantitative designs will be discussed as well as possible methodologies to overcome those limitations.
This course presents approaches to project management for education and training projects. You will explore concepts of project management and leadership, tools, procedures, and methodologies. You will focus on creating, monitoring, and reporting project plans from the proposal to the implementation stages. You will consider project constraints including time, cost, resource allocation, and scope. Concepts of change management are also explored and applied to implementation strategies used in education and training environments.
Total Program Credits: 50
course introduces students to prominent research-based theories of learning and
examines the impact of these theories on students, learning and motivation,
teaching, and assessment. Students critically evaluate opposing sides of
current issues in educational psychology and articulate and defend personal positions
on these issues.
Total Program Credits: 50
Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course provides you with opportunities to explore a variety of instructional technologies including: web-based tools, software, games, simulations, tutorials, and non-projected visuals. Through reading, class discussion, and hands-on experiences using technologies, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help teachers integrate technology in lesson planning and meet the needs of diverse learners.
This course provides an introduction to computer networking and establishes a basic understanding of the infrastructure required to incorporate technology into the K–12 environment. Students will learn the basics of computer networks and technology infrastructure. They will also learn how infrastructure supports classroom design for learning with technology tools. Students will identify the skills necessary to design, install, maintain, and troubleshoot the technology and analyze the roles necessary to maintain effective infrastructure. In addition, students will learn how to assess institutional technology needs and plan for future growth.
In this practitioner-oriented course, students will explore existing and emerging multimedia technologies used in K–12 classrooms through peer and individual assignments. They will evaluate existing instructional resources available with classroom textbooks in open source content and learning object repositories. They will design and create an instructional lesson appropriate for the K–12 setting while adhering to federal, state, and local mandates regarding media development.
In this application-based course, you will explore similarities and differences between web-based learning and on-ground learning in K-12 classrooms. You will learn how to repurpose existing material and chunk content into online modules while organizing and managing reusable learning objects. You will design assessment items suitable for the online environment and learn about issues related to assessing students from a distance. You will create design documents and content for an online course. You will also participate in peer-review evaluations and provide constructive feedback based on principles of online instructional design.
This course provides you with the information necessary to comprehend, assess, and evaluate the foundational aspects of andragogy, which includes historical influences, theories and models, contemporary and international perspectives, the use of technology, teaching in a variety of higher education settings, and the development of and reflections on teaching and learning in adulthood.
Total Program Credits: 50
This course provides the knowledge and skills
required to develop instructional materials for an instructor-led
training scenario as approved by the instructor. This training
scenario will provide the context and focus for the materials.
Each student will create a series of print-based instructional
materials for this scenario considering best practices and
design and development guidelines.
In this application-based course, you will discuss trends and issues of eLearning content development and explore similarities and differences among eLearning authoring tools and methods. You will learn how to develop original content with a variety of authoring tools and software applications and to repurpose existing material with reusable learning objects (RLOs) and content repositories. Interface layout standards, accessibility and SCORM compliance, and collaborative environments are explored. You will consider technical and development requirements for eLearning delivered through multiple learning channels including online and mobile platforms. You will also create a design document and instructional module in this course.
This course provides an introduction to digital media production. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills in designing and producing digital media. Students will evaluate appropriate uses of digital media. The course introduces the tools of digital video production and sharing as students create online instructional materials using digital media.
This course presents activities related to the
design of a learning application. Students explore advantages and
disadvantages of multiple learning environments and content
delivery technologies. They will develop a plan for an
individualized learning project that includes a template for
design of a specific environment. Course topics include education
and communication theory, course and content delivery methods,
asynchronous and synchronous technologies, multimedia design,
usability testing, and integration of multimedia objects within
instructional programs and systems.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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