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Instructional Design

  • INSDSG 601  Introduction to Instructional Design

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    This course provides an introduction to the cognitive and experiential content of the program, emphasizing the components of the instructional design model. Various instruction design models are analyzed and students are expected to complete, as a final project a learning module micro-design.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 602  The Adult as Learner

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    Students are introduced to the body of knowledge concerning adults as learners. This course focuses on the principles of adult education, learning styles, variables that affect adult learning, motivation techniques, appropriate training methodologies, reinforcement of learning, skill transfer, and measurement procedures for identifying learner characteristics.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 603  Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials

    Description:
    This course analyzes the factors that determine the selection, evaluation, and utilization of materials used in instructional design. It studies the comparative instructional value of a wide range of electronic and print materials. At the end of the course, students will be able to choose materials on the basis of cost effectiveness, technical quality, teaching-learning mode, physical facilities, and availability of technologies.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • INSDSG 604  Communication Theory for Organizations

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    This course focuses on the study of communication as applied to instruction design and on theories of media communication. It covers audience variables, systems of media analysis, message structure, environmental factors, and the integration of these elements into an efficient communication model.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 605  Production of Media Materials

    Description:
    This course provides a systematic survey of a variety of media formats including visual displays, audio and visual presentations. Aspects of theory include psychological principles and research on media as a teaching mode. Students have the opportunity of applying knowledge and skills to selected areas of media production, especially as they provide solutions to instructional problems.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 607  Using Primary Research for Evidence-based Practice

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    This elective course examines how understanding data, research methodology, and research reports can contribute to informed evidence-based practice. Emphasizing research relevant to the field of instructional designs, including the questions, methodologies, and standards of validity relevant to each. Students will learn to locate, critically read, and evaluate research reports and to synthesize research findings to inform a question of practice. Students will also learn to apply APA standards in written reports and use technologies to support research, including online library resources and reference management software.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 608  Information Design and Visual Literacy

    Description:
    In this course, students explore the principles of visual literacy and apply them to a variety of instances in instructional design, instructional technology, and information presentation. Topics include the theoretical foundations of visual learning, the role of perception in communication and learning, verbal and visual communication, and visual and information design.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 610  Video Principles for Instructional Design

    Description:
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to video production theory and technique, including the study of principles for analyzing and synthesizing information, and of some basic video instructional formats. The goal is to equip those responsible for developing instructional materials with the skills they need in order to work with video professionals in creating, designing, and producing instructional video programs.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 612  Instructional Strategies and the Adult Learner

    Description:
    This course is designed to assist participants in making classroom training more effective. Emphasis is on instructor roles and tasks, determining learning styles, and selecting appropriate techniques. Techniques focus on stand-up teaching skills, including lecture, question-and-answer, discussion and facilitation, as well as common media formats, role-playing, games and simulations, and case studies.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 614  Writing Learning Events

    Description:
    This course is designed to help participants develop effective writing. It provides both analysis of written documents and a theoretical review of professional writing techniques. Assignments emphasize the writing tasks typically required of training and development specialists in any organization. They include the design, assessment, marketing, and evaluation of instruction. Participants develop the skills for effective communication with those outside the organization, and those at all levels within it.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 616  Production of Computer-Based Training

    Description:
    This is a basic course in developing eLearning programs with an emphasis on Web-based Training (WBT). The course addresses user interface design, the execution of common instructional strategies employed in training products, and techniques of graphics production. The course is project based; students work in teams to design, create prototypes, and produce CBT/WBT/multi-media programs.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 617  Advanced Computer-Based Training

    Description:
    This course builds on the students' basic knowledge of creating courseware and multimedia. They learn techniques of advanced scripting (HyperTalk) and multimedia presentation; ways to integrate text, graphics, animation, sound and motion video into CBT and multimedia products; and methods of developing student tests and student tracking systems. The course is project-based: students work in teams to design, make prototypes, and produce simple CBT or multimedia programs.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 618  Assessment in the Instructional Design Process

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    This course examines assessment in all phases of the instructional design process, including needs analysis and the various stages of formative and summative evaluation. Topics include various types of data, techniques for data gathering, the construction of questionnaires, a hands-on review of computer programs, and characteristic issues in the analysis and interpretation of assessment. The course also offers practical experience in the use of representative measures and applications.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 620  Interpersonal Skills and Group Dynamics

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    This course introduces the students to the body of knowledge governing interpersonal, intrapersonal, and public communication. Through readings and the laboratory method, students learn human relations skills for effectiveness in personal and career situations. Topics include perception, listening, conflict resolution, and group dynamics.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 622  Curriculum Development for Organizations

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    In this course, students learn to develop curriculum used in organizations according to principles of instructional design. Students research and write a complete instructor manual/lesson plan and accompanying student folder/manual on a selected training topic. Curriculum development topics include: writing course goals and performance objectives; testing mechanism; complete lesson plan content; instructional methodologies and strategies such as role plays, group activities, case studies; creating original materials such as student handouts, prepared flipcharts, PowerPoint slide presentations, or other media as needed; equipment and technology; curriculum standards; and evaluation strategy.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • INSDSG 624  Evaluation in the Instructional Design Process

    Description:
    This course focuses on the exploration and application of evaluation theory and practice in the instructional design process. After conducting a needs analysis to determine performance gaps, instructional designers use evaluation during the development and implementation phases in an iterative process. This course will ground student sin traditional evaluation models, including Kirkpatrick's four levels and Phillips' ROI, and will move beyond to the why and how of continually improving designs and individual practice. We will touch on the evaluation of interface for online support and learning, ethical issues in evaluation, and usability. Students will develop an evaluation plan for a performance problem and will carry out key types of evaluation, report results, and offer recommendations for continual improvement.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 630  Managing The Training Function

    Description:
    This course focuses on the requirements for successfully managing an organization's training function. Areas of concentration include building a training department; managing change and stress; delegating; communicating performance expectations; winning management support; and long-range planning. Classes include small and large group instruction, video, participatory exercises, and case studies.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 632  Organizational Development (for Graduate Students) in all Organizations

    Description:
    In this course students will discover the dynamics of organizational development in the workplace. Students will explore change interventions and strategies in order to create an environment in which learning can flourish. Students will have opportunity to examine and diagnose problems in order to implement appropriate solutions that will help organizations to achieve the results they want. The program will present both theory and practical application through experiential exercises. Students will explore structural, psychosocial, technical, managerial systems with organizations to apply training and administrative solutions. Students will learn how to be a positive change agent, develop human potential, and support organizational vision, mission and goals.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 634  Project Management in Instructional Design

    Description:
    Project management is an essential tool for instructional designers. rarely will you be the only person on a project. The success or failure of the intervention depends on the work of many people and you will often be in charge of managing the process. Traditional project management methods can be used for building anything from buildings to software. In this course, we will explore strategic project management, including goal setting, diffusion of innovations, the interaction of social and technical interventions and the arc of project implementation. NOTE: There will be three REQUIRED synchronous online course meetings, at this point scheduled for Sunday early evening East Coast time.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 640  Planning and Design of Educational Multimedia Programs

    Description:
    This course provides an overview of the process of designing elearning. Since elearning is created and delivered in a technical environment, the course covers a combination of both technical and non-technical topics. We will define the characteristics of effective e-learning, and look at the implementation of sound instructional design principles in designing computer-based learning experiences. We will discuss various activity types, where and when to use them with emphasis on development strategy, visual design and navigation. Time will be spent specifically on virtual classrooms with an experiential format using the Horizon Wimba Synchronous learning environment. elearning development is a multidisciplinary undertaking. Throughout this course we will discuss the role of the instructional designer in the process and the other forms of expertise required to create a successful project. However this is a DESIGN class and therefore we will focus our learning on DESIGN and the use of media elements to solve instructional design challenges. The class does not require any special electronic learning tools other than basic use of Microsoft word and PowerPoint or any other similar word and presentation software tools.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 646  Universal Course Design: A Pathway to Mindful and Creative Adult Learning for All

    Description:
    This online elective course will investigate the principles and theories of Universal Course Design for Learning. The focus will be primarily on access tools for diverse learners with particular emphasis on learners with disabilities. The practical application of Universal Design principles to the discipline of Instructional Design will be explored. Some examples of instructional design tools that can be re-purposed to support universally designed learning are reusable learning objects and gaming. Reusable learning objects can be embedded into learning environments to support divers learning styles and gameification is a useful resource for educating learners with learning and cognitive disabilities. The development of accessible multi-media and the use of on-line for the establishment of inclusive teaching practices will also be presented.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 653  Theory, Design, and Practice of Online Synchronous Learning

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    In this course students will explore instructional design theory and review current research trends to uncover best practices and strategies in the development and delivery of effective synchronous learning sessions. Students will focus on common tools available in synchronous learning environments, cultivate facilitation skills, and gain practical experience in the design and delivery of effective synchronous learning sessions.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • INSDSG 655  Project in Multimedia

    Description:
    Students work with UMass Boston faculty, teachers in cooperating schools, or sponsoring corporations to make a prototype multimedia application or to produce a planning document for multimedia implementation in the client organization. Students may participate in projects pre-arranged by the instructional technology staff or may generate their own, working individually or in a team.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 684  Design and Instruction of Online Courses

    Description:
    This course is for instructors, instructional designers, curriculum developers or anyone interested in exploring the critical success factors in designing and delivering a fully online, instructor-led course. Participants will design their own online course and develop and implement at least three modules during the semester. Topics will include design and management of virtual student interactions and collaboration, learner analysis of virtual populations, development of course objectives and effective online activities and assessments to support student progress towards those objectives. Participants will participate in hands-on involvement with a variety of tools and technologies available to create and deliver online instructions and will also explore effective strategies for teaching an online course. The course will include both group and individual project work and will use a range of interactive and collaborative instruction techniques in an effort to provide current or potential online instructors rich firsthand experience of what it is like to be a student learning in an online environment.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 690  Capstone Seminar

    Description:
    The course provides guidance and a structured environment in which students develop advanced instructional design skill in the context of their capstone project. Based on the nature and complexity of the students' projects, the course deals with such topics as: component display analysis; needs assessment data, analysis and reporting techniques; cognitive flexibility theory; competencies modeling; and self-directed/ learner-centered strategies. Students who have completed eight or more requirements for the Instructional Design MEd should enroll in this course.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 696  Independent Study

    Description:
    The comprehensive study of a particular topic or area in instructional design, as determined by the needs of the individual student. The student works under the guidance and supervision of the instructor.   More Info

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  • INSDSG 697  Special Topics in Instructional Design

    Description:
    An advanced course offering intensive study of selected topics in instructional design. Course content varies according to the topic and will be announced prior to registration.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • INSDSG 698  Internship

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