In an age where a better-educated workforce often leads to better, more competitive organizations, the new mantra needs to be "train smarter, not harder." As the fastest-growing nonprofit university in the country, Southern New Hampshire University has utilized years of educational development expertise to shape a master's in instructional design online program that blends technology with classic theories and practices to meet the needs of today's students and global organizations.
SNHU's online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology will prepare you to develop content and delivery methods for the contemporary classroom - from the traditional lecture hall to online learning using laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices. The lessons learned in this program can be used to improve the effectiveness of corporate training, instruct military personnel around the world in specialized skills and develop effective coursework for higher education.
Developed with proven adult learning theory and designed to take advantage of ever-advancing technology, the MS in Instructional Design and Technology program expands on standards of course design that we've been advancing since 1996. The coursework will teach you how to be an agile and thoughtful planner who understands how content and technology can be transformative. You'll build core skills that are aligned with professional standards, as well as a strong understanding of how to use learning technologies to convey skills and knowledge.
In the master's in instructional design online program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MS in Instructional Design and Technology online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts. Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume.
In a study of 540 U.S. companies, those that invested more in training saw a 37 percent higher gross profit per employee. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, raising the education level of employees results in up to a 13 percent increase in productivity. In today's competitive economy, business, government, military and nonprofit organizations need an educated workforce to succeed. Earning your master's in instructional design online from SNHU will position you as a valuable resource for helping companies reach their potential.
Employment of training and development specialists is expected to grow by 15 percent through 2022 in business, HR, military and higher education, according to the BLS. Roles include:
Focus on learning theory, multimedia design, and instruction assessment and evaluation with our 12-course, 36-credit master's in instructional design online degree. You'll use the latest technology while exploring development strategies in a variety of delivery models - online, face to face and hybrid.
Total credits: 36
In this course students receive an overview of the Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T) profession. Students begin to develop research-based knowledge, skills, and dispositions that shape their professional identity as ID&T specialists. Students engage multiple methods of instruction including real-world, case-based problems resembling those they would encounter, and be expected to solve, within higher education, corporate, and client-specific settings.
In this course students analyze seminal learning theories and how they are applied to instructional design solutions. Various aspects of cognition, memory, behavioral conditioning, experiential learning, and the construction of knowledge are explored in the context of designing effective learning experiences that draw from appropriate principles of learning. Students, using theoretical knowledge to guide them, explore how technology can be leveraged to effectively meet the needs of diverse learners and approaches to instruction in applied settings.
The one constant within instructional design is change-especially when it comes to technology. In this course, students explore how technological innovation has evolved and transformed instructional design approaches. Students consider how cutting-edge digital technologies can be applied to sound design and weigh how their applications align with contemporary approaches to learning within various settings.
People do not know how well they are designing instruction unless they know how learners are responding to instruction, whether they are performing, and to what extent they have acquired new knowledge and skills. In this course, students explore and construct assessments designed to measure how well learners have mastered certain outcomes. The course initially focuses on objective assessment test construction and then emphasizes authentic performance-based assessment approaches. Students also explore how professional standards-based curricula inform instructional choices and accreditation efforts.
Instructional designers can plan learning for diverse sets of learners in various environments. Through the use of case studies, this course prepares students to conduct a "needs assessment," to fashion learner outcomes based on institutional/client needs, and to align those outcomes with specific instructional and learning activities. Students are required to integrate technological enhancements and solutions where appropriate.
This course serves as a foundation for research-based multimedia design and production. Students attain core principles and tools necessary for effective learning design, which will be further developed in later design and production coursework. This is a production-oriented course that focuses on the direct application of principles through the use of current and emerging multimedia design tools, emphasizing informed, deliberate decision making for effective design.
Sound instructional design pays careful attention to how the learners are positioned to engage multiple learning environments. Research suggests that learner-centered, interactive learning environments that value one's experiences can richly inform the learning process. This course requires students to make their assumptions about the learner explicit and design conventional, technological, and hybrid based learning experiences that heighten interactivity. Finally, the challenges and benefits of standards-based design are engaged in this course.
This course provides the frameworks instructional designers use to purchase and integrate external vendor products or leverage internal assets to address an identified learning need. Educational institutions and corporations rely heavily on instructional designers to make resource-based decisions that align with capacity, scope, and needs. Balancing these needs will inform the production, piloting, and implementation processes. Finally, this course focuses on the user-interface design of learning environments, improving engagement and interaction with instruction.
All instructional endeavors require the careful management of time- and fiscally-based resources, as well as collaborative efforts across multi-functional teams. This course equips instructional design and technology students with essential project management tools and strategies to plan work flow, develop effective communication protocols, assess project risks, and develop accountability structures that facilitate production processes. Students engage problem-based scenarios and will use the tools provided to best manage organizational risk and satisfy stakeholder needs and demands.
Learning Design III provides students with opportunities to apply advanced design principles in a workshop-based environment. The problem-based course focuses on the application of sophisticated design tools to create solutions for various environments and contexts. This course serves as a precursor to the development of the capstone portfolio.
This course explores trends, issues, and emergent technologies that inform the field of instructional design. Students critique the capacity of technologies to deliver effective learning and instruction through research-based frameworks and standards. Emphasis is placed on engaging with the field of research, asking students to enter conversations of personal interest as a professional colleague in instructional design and technology.
The capstone experience in instructional design and technology asks students to develop a comprehensive professional portfolio of design and research. Drawing from experiences in students' coursework and professional-based activities, students reflect on the artifacts and experiences that they will bring forward into their next professional setting. The capstone will provide evidence of competency across the degree program outcomes.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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