Program Overview

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The online graduate program in instructional design, offered by the School of Education, prepares candidates to create effective digital materials for learning through the thoughtful use of cutting-edge technologies. Students in the program have the opportunity to prepare for professional work or advanced study in instructional design by developing a solid grounding in core knowledge areas, including:

  • the instructional design process, a systematic approach to applying what we know about how people learn to the design of educational materials
  • theories of teaching and learning
  • principles for the design of digital media for instruction, including websites, digital games, video, audio, social media and online courses
  • practical experience in the development, design and production of these resources
  • evaluation of digital materials for learning, including selection, integration and assessment

A range of elective courses allows students to focus on their own interests and goals, such as teaching with technology in the K-12 classroom, designing digital media for museums or afterschool programs, or producing instructional materials for higher education and corporate environments.

Students come to the program from a wide variety of backgrounds, including classroom teaching, educational administration, design and production, corporate training or non-profit organizations—all have in common an interest in communication for education. No previous technical expertise is required.

Start Dates: Fall (late August), Spring (late January)