EDUC 6427

Advanced Instructional Design

The purpose of this course is to advance graduate students in the systematic design of instruction through the study of rapid design and development strategies. In today's training and education environment instructional designers are routinely pressured to speed up the instructional design process in order to meet organizational demands. Rather than simply skipping steps, EDUC 6427 will focus on the development of the skills necessary for rapid (yet still systematic) instructional design.

Students are expected to learn how to plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the rapid design of effective instructional materials. The course covers various elements of the instructional design (ID) process, including needs assessment, instructional problems, learner characteristics, task analysis, instructional objectives, content sequencing, instructional strategies, instructional delivery, evaluation instruments, instructional resources (media selection), formative evaluation, project management and summative evaluation. Similar to EDUC 6406 (the prerequisite for all students), in EDUC 6427 we will again systematically study each step though this time we will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to implement each step in rapid format while still accomplishing desired objectives.

The philosophy of this course is that you can best attain competence in and overall understanding of the ID process by doing it. Thus, a mix of activities are planned to provide a high level of active participation. For most students especially those with no prior background in ID, EDUC 6427 demands a major commitment of time and effort. Proto-type design project and documentation reports of the project are the major products of the course. In addition, you will be expected to work with other students in teams in the application of rapid instructional design procedures.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the systematic design of instructional materials including how to plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the instructional process effectively in a compressed time period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and differences between the various elements in the instructional design process as they are applied in rapid instructional design
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how and when each of the elements in the instructional design process should be completed in an expedited process

EDUC 6406, Instructional Design

Area: Educational Leadership