Master of Education in Distance Education (MDDE) 604
Instructional Design in Distance Education
Delivery Mode: Grouped study using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Core Course
Prerequisite: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only. MDDE 603 for all students.
Availability: All terms
MDDE 604: Instructional Design in Distance Education is a project-based course that introduces instructional design principles and explores their application in a realistic way. Step by step, you will work through each stage of the instructional systems design (ISD) process, designing, developing and evaluating distance learning materials. In the role of instructional designer, you will systematically create an original unit of instruction or learning object that meets an educational need or solves an identified performance problem. Giving and receiving feedback is an important skill for Instructional Designers, thus timely interaction with classmates is a required component of this course.
MDDE 603 Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory
MDDE 604 is more applied than most other core courses in the Master of Education in Distance Education program. As you design and develop the instructional unit that forms the basis of this course, you will apply the skills, knowledge, and concepts you were introduced to in MDDE 603: Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory.
The course is divided into 13 weekly units:
- Week 1: Getting Started with Instruction Design in Distance Education
- Week 2: Needs Analysis
- Week 3: Content Analysis and Student Assessment
- Week 4: ISD Project Proposal
- Week 5: Pre-Planning: Blueprinting and Design
- Week 6: Planning Resources: Multimedia and Digital Interactions
- Week 7: Meeting Learner Needs: CoI and Cognitive Load
- Week 8: Addressing Quality Assurance (User Interface and Accessibility)
- Week 9: ISD Project Peer Reviews and Revisions
- Week 10: Finalizing Module Development
- Week 11: Pilot Testing
- Week 12: Data Analysis and Reflection
- Week 13: Looking Forward
Online Study Guide and course readings.
There are a total of seven (7) evaluated assignments for MDDE 604:
|Assignment 1: Needs Assessment and Proposal||15%||Week 4|
|Assignment 2: Pre-Planning and Design||10%||Week 6|
|Assignment 3: Peer Review 1||15%||Week 9|
|Assignment 4: Online Module Creation
|Assignment 5: Peer Review 2||15%||Week 11|
|Assignment 6: Final Reflections||10%||Week 13|
|Assignment 7: Participation - Self Evaluation||5%||Week 13|
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.