Special Topics in Instructional Design and Technology
The field of Online Instructional Design & Technology is continually expanding and makes the news both national and globally as institutions of higher learning and corporate training operations alike are migrating their once traditional education programs into the online education space. This Online Instructional Design & Technology Special Topics course facilitates the introduction of cutting-edge instructional design practices—as they are introduced in the industry. This course provides students the opportunity to focus on the state of the art in online instructional design and distance education, including emerging theories, ideologies, and technology innovations. Students explore the changes to infrastructure and culture that must be considered to support and implement innovations in online learning. The course emphasizes creative applications of technology for staff and/or faculty development and training, learning content, academic and student/user support services, open source utilization and partnerships, peer learning, and self-directed learning paradigms. Students will critique and develop plans to creatively address gaps in the current capabilities of today’s instructional design and technology landscape.