Program Highlights & Benefits
Classes meet in an online format
2 year completion time, including holiday breaks
One course completed every 8 weeks
Transfer credits considered
The Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is designed to meet the needs of instructional designers, e-learning developers, and trainers in corporate, higher education, non-profit, and government organizations. Through applied research and hands-on design, the IDT program contributes to the improvement of instructional methodologies and the design and implementation of learning innovations and environments.
The Master of Science (MS) in Instructional Design and Technology is for individuals seeking:
- To design instruction and instructional technologies in real world contexts
- To enable and support learning through creativity and innovation by designing learning environments and technologies
What You Learn
The field of instructional design and technology seeks to understand how people learn and how to best design, integrate and evaluate instructional systems and materials to facilitate that learning. Through applied research, students can create and enhance learning experiences and systems for academic, corporate, non-profit, or government settings.
This Master of Science program is for people who want to change the world through research, creativity, and innovation. From enhancing medical training technologies to designing educational apps, instructional designers are essential for organizations that wish to leverage technology for learning in a dynamic world.
How You Learn
This program is offered in a flexible online format. Online programs at Concordia University use Blackboard as a system for online coursework. There is a traditional syllabus that includes course expectations, objectives, assignment descriptions, and grading policies.
While Blackboard is the main platform in the online course, instructors may call, virtually meet, or occasionally, meet in person with local students to further discuss the course objectives, assignments and expectations. There are also occasions for students to participate in group projects with other students. They collaborate using Google docs, Skype, and phone calls.
The field of instructional design and technology has changed dramatically over the last several years and will continue to grow and change with the rapid introduction and adoption of emerging technologies and new approaches to teaching and learning. Technology through social, distance and mobile learning media continues to change the landscape of traditional education and training.
For the professional instructional designer—especially for those with a master’s degree—career options exist in academic, government and profit and non-profit sectors and include positions such as:
- Instructional Designer
- Learning System Designer/Developer
- Corporate Trainer
- Performance Improvement Coordinator
- Learning and Development Director
- Director of Instructional Design Technologies
- Curriculum Designer
|IDT 6100||Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology||3|
|IDT 6300||Instructional Strategies for Learning Technologies||3|
|IDT 6500||Project Management for Instructional Design||3|
|IDT 6200||Social Computing||3|
|IDT 6400||Needs Assessment and Task Analysis||3|
|IDT 6600||Systemic and Technological Innovation||3|
|IDT 6700||Human-Computer Interaction and Multimedia Design||3|
|IDT 6800||Learning Analytics and Data-Driven Decision Making||3|
|IDT 6250||Evaluation Methodology Applications in Instructional Design||3|
|IDT 6990||Capstone in Instructional Design and Technology||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||30|
Interested in instructional design for the K-12 classroom?
Concordia-Chicago’s Instructional Design and Technology program focuses on the design of learning experiences for adults. Individuals seeking to enroll in a graduate-level program that emphasizes the design of learning experiences for children in grades K-12 may explore our MA, Educational Technology: Leadership or our MA, Educational Technology: Curriculum & Instruction.
Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy.