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Master of Science in

Online Instructional Design & Technology

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Master of Science in Online Instructional Design & Technology

Developing high-quality and interactive e-learning experiences using cutting-edge technologies.

Apply by April 14 for admission to our Summer 2015 term.

Online instructional design and technology encompasses the creation of dynamic learning content for online delivery. Instructional designers analyze learning outcomes and design, develop, implement, evaluate and manage instructional processes and resources intended to improve learning and performance in a variety of settings. The field is growing rapidly in private, governmental and nonprofit settings alike as organizations seek to optimize and adapt their learning content to online and mobile platforms.

The online Master of Science in Online Instructional Design & Technology degree enables students to serve as pioneers within the burgeoning online learning space. Through the study of instructional design principles, educational technology, and adult learning theories, students gain the experience needed to solve a variety instructional challenges; evaluate, select, and use technology and multimedia tools; and, ultimately, create and deliver high-quality online programs and interactive courseware.

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Graduates of the program are prepared to:
  • Apply evidence-based learning science and online pedagogical principles to the design, development, facilitation, and assessment of online courses and programs.
  • Develop online instructional products and environments utilizing ADDIE and other models of instructional systems design.
  • Design dynamic, adaptive, and interactive online multimedia-based instructional content and courseware.
  • Evaluate and integrate instructional technologies, platforms, and collaborative tools for use in diverse instructional settings and applications.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation in the application of instructional design principles and technologies to respond to instructional challenges and emerging trends.
  • Lead and manage online instructional design and technology teams and projects, utilizing effective written and oral communication strategies.
The 30-credit Master of Science in Online Instructional Design & Technology consists of six required core courses and four electives.


M.S. in Online Instructional Design & Technology

The 30-credit Online Instructional Design & Technology program is comprised of six required courses and four electives. Core courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Online Instructional Design & Technology curriculum. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Core required courses

RIDT 101: Principles of Online Instructional Design
RIDT 110: Foundations of Instructional Technology for E-Learning
RIDT 120: Learning Management Systems for Course Development
RIDT 130: Advanced Instructional Design & Assessment Strategies
RIDT 140: Managing Instructional Design Projects
RIDT 150: Instructional Design and Technology Practicum

Possible electives

RIDT 175: Digital Ethics & The Legal Landscape of Instructional Design
RIDT 180: Learning Analytics for the Online Classroom
RVTM 115: Social Media and Collaboration Technology in Organizations
RVTM 140: Enterprise Content Management

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Advance your education and career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in instructional design and technology have grown by more than 20 percent since 2004.

IDT career prijections

Instructional designers partner with industry professionals, academic faculty or other subject matter experts to leverage a variety of instructional technologies and content authoring tools to support the creation of high-quality learning environments and experiences.

Online Instructional Design and Technology students often hold job titles such as:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Sr. Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Developer
  • Educational Technologist
  • Learning Designer
  • Director of Instructional Design
  • Manager of Instructional Design
  • Director of eLearning
  • Online Course Designer
  • Online Course Developer
  • eLearning Designer/Developer
  • Learning Architect
  • Instructional Design Coordinator
  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Corporate Training Specialist
  • Distance Education Administrator
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Academic Technologist

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Debuting in Fall 2014, the Master of Science in Online Instructional Design & Technology is the newest degree program at Brandeis GPS. To speak with a student ambassador about the program, please contact our admissions department at 781-736-8787 or gps@brandeis.edu.

Online Instructional Design & Technology

Featured Faculty

Our Online Instructional Design and Technology faculty members understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re creating cutting-edge online curricula or building new instructional technologies, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our Online Instructional Design and Technology faculty members:

Brian Salerno, MS is the Director of Online Learning and Assessment and Program Chair of the M.S. in Online Instructional Design & Technology at Brandeis University's Division of Graduate Professional Studies. Brian has over a decade of experience in instructional design and leading eLearning development teams. He has spent his career designing, assessing, supporting, and teaching fully-online courses and programs at various colleges and universities. Brian's academic focus is primarily in the fields of interactive communications, instructional design and technology, and social media. In addition to his work in higher education, he previously lead his own firm, focusing on web development, interactive content design, social media, training and development, and branding for a diverse clientele.

Dr. Kim Round currently serves as Director of Instructional Technology at Saint Anselm College. Previously, she has held technology leadership roles at Kaplan Higher Education, Merrimack College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. She was selected for the prestigious 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy, sponsored by Educause and Next Generation Learning Challenges. Kim’s research interests include cloud computing’s impact on organizational leadership, as well as next generation learning management systems. Dr. Round earned her Ph.D in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University, and her M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University. 

Elisabeth Stucklen, MS, is a senior instructional designer with more than ten years of experience working in online higher education and faculty development. She has extensive experience in the fields of online course design, content development, online instruction, and project management. Elisabeth earned her Master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology from Emporia State University, where she has also facilitated graduate-level courses in Moodle. Elisabeth also holds a Moodle Course Creator Certification.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS instructors.

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