Master of Education in Distance Education (MDDE) 619
Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Delivery Mode: Group Study
Prerequisite: MDDE 604 or equivalent.
Availability: Normally, Fall Term Only
MDDE 619 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design examines recent developments relating to the professional practice of instructional design (ID). Beginning with a historical overview of the field, its practices and its models, we will examine published ID competencies and reflect on how they match current ID job descriptions. Consultations with practicing instructional designers for multiple perspectives on these questions are included. A consideration of the role of instructional designer as change agent in educational contexts leads us to also explore the connection of ID to allied professions in instructional technology and educational development. The course is grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and we examine the application of UDL to design in the distance education context. The course concludes with a discussion about the future of instructional design.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize a variety of instructional design theories and frameworks
- Differentiate common criticisms and controversy related to the use of established and alternative instructional design models
- Evaluate appropriate instructional frameworks for particular instructional design contexts
- Apply Universal Design for Learning principles in the evaluation of supportive learning environments in distance education applications
- Design a personal instructional design philosophy statement that establishes professional, ethical approaches in a distance education context
- Critically analyze future trends in instructional design
The course consists of four units:
- Unit 1: Foundations: Definitions and History of Instructional Design, Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning
- Unit 2: The Professional Practice of Instructional Design
- Unit 3: Instructional Design Models and Approaches – Multiple Viewpoints
- Unit 4: The Future of Instructional Design
Reiser, R. A. & Dempsey, J. V. (2018). Trends and issues in instructional design and technology. Pearson Education.
Online Study Guide, readings and web-based resources
Your final course mark will be based on three assignments and course participation.
|Assignment 1: Write a short paper describing how an instructional design job advertisement, written position description, or reported daily requirements of a practicing instructional designer compares with published instructional design competencies. Conclude the paper with a revised position description.||20%|
|Assignment 2 : Write a short paper discussing the application of Universal Design for Learning principles and other accessibility issues associated with the design and delivery of distance learning materials. Assess an Athabasca University course or program (or other course with which you are familiar) to illustrate the application of these principles.||20%|
|In Assignment 3: Create a Learning Journal that critically reflects on each unit in the course, responds to the changing perspectives about the field and evaluates appropriate instructional design models for your particular context. Design a personal ID philosophy statement that articulates your personal professional and ethical approaches in a distance education context.||40%|
|Course Participation: Active engagement in discussions and forums||20%|
Note: details of assignments are posted online in the course.
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