Program Courses & Descriptions

The M.S. IDLT program comprises ten courses that were developed specifically for this program; no courses from other programs were repurposed. Students are admitted to the program year-round and can begin the program at the start of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Each semester is 14 weeks long and courses in the program are offered in a 7-week format (term A and term B). Students can elect to take one or two courses each term within the semester; thus, students can complete the 10 courses in either a 12-month or 20-month period. 


While the program has a flexible schedule and sequencing of courses, IDLT 500, Instructional Design and Innovation, must be taken the first term in a graduate student’s program. Therefore, it is offered every semester in term A and can be taken as a corequisite if it is a student’s first semester and term in the program. This is very important to the program as IDLT 500 provides students with a snapshot to the field of instructional design, introduction to instructional design methodologies and approaches, and foundation to the program. The major project in this course is a design brief (within the framework of ADDIE) which is scaffolded in and throughout assignments.


Similar to IDLT 500, IDLT 600, Learning Design Studio, is the last course students take in their program. This course provides students with the opportunity to revise and redesign some of their previous work throughout the program as they create their culminating assignment, their portfolio. In the portfolio students submit key projects from their coursework and present on how these artifacts illustrate program goals, while demonstrating their mastery of the content and skills. 

Degree Requirements (30 Credit Hours)

Course Descriptions

IDLT 500- Instructional Design and Innovation: This course is a foundational overview of the principles and models of instructional design models and learning science. Students will have the opportunity to apply various models and theories in designing programs, courses, and/or units of instruction for their context.


IDLT 501- Designing Future Learning Environments: The course will allow educators and trainers the opportunity to examine and deconstruct current learning environments. Case studies related to re-designed training and learning experiences will be analyzed and evaluated.


IDLT 502- Research Design and Methods for IDLT:  This course will be an introduction to key issues and concepts in quantitative and qualitative research as it relates to instructional design and learning technology. 


IDLT 510- Mobile Learning: This course will apply instructional design principles to the mobile learning environment. Case studies involving mobile learning implementation will be used to explore the design and integration of mobile learning at the course, program, and organizational level. 


IDLT 511- Learning Analytics and Personalized Instruction: This course will be an introduction on how to use data from learning environments to personalize instruction. The course will discuss data collection and how to use it for decision-making at various levels of an organization. The course will examine learning analytics and adaptive learning models that include relevant ethical and legal issues.


IDLT 512- Program Development and Evaluation: This course explores principles and techniques to develop online and blended instructional and training programs that align with an organization, including use of learning management systems. The course also explores how to conduct evaluations at the organizational level and assess individual learners.


IDLT 520- Issues and Trends in IDLT: This course will expose students to the latest innovations in digital learning technologies and environments.  Applicable instructional principles, learning theoretical theories, and educational trends such as learning spaces, adaptive learning, and professional development design will be considered for a variety of learning environments.


IDLT 521- Online Teaching and Learning: This course will introduce students to the principles and pedagogies of online teaching and learning, including blended learning environments. Students will be introduced to the design, development, and effective teaching practices for a variety of contexts.   


IDLT 522- Video and Media Production: This course will introduce principles and current technologies around multimedia production. Students will apply these skills in the development of their own teaching or training materials. 

IDLT 600- Learning Design Studio: This course will focus on compiling the portfolio to demonstrate achievement of program outcomes as well as a chance to reflect on the depth and breadth of growth since commencing the program. Students will also apply select concepts from the program of study to their context with individualized assistance. 

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