Master of Education

Instructional Technology Concentration

Program of Study



  • Theory and research in adult development and change over Adult Development:  lifespan and its implications for adult learning in formal and informal contexts.



Concentration Core 

  • Technology as a Profession:  Introduction to instructional technology as a field including Proseminar I: Instructional definition of the field and career options. Additionally, participants will be introduced to visual design principles, ethical issues, and usability testing within the context of electronic media development.

  • Online Learning Environments:  Theory, research and practice of designing, developing and evaluating online learning environments including distance education and blended learning approaches.

  • Understanding Online Interaction:  Assessment and evaluation of online learning environments using data-driven techniques.

  • Instructional Systems Design:  Application of theory and research of instructional systems design to solve instructional problems in educational settings.

  • Introduction to Multimedia in Instruction:  Selected computer-based multimedia production tools and use to produce instructional materials based on specific learner characteristics and objectives.

  • Human-Computer Interaction:  Survey of human-computer interaction and introduction to human and technological factors of importance to ds and techniques for interaction design and of usable information systems. Basic phenomena of human perception, cognition, memory, and problem solving, and relationship to user-centered design. Metho

  •  Practicum in Online Learning Environments:  Field-based project involving aspects of the instructional design process in an online learning environment with reflection on theory and practice issues.

  • Proseminar II: Trends and Careers in Instructional Technology:  Capstone course for the master’s program will include design, development and review of the portfolio requirement as well as discussion of current issues, trends and professional development opportunities in the field.



  • Introduction to Educational Research:  An introduction to methods and procedures of quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on acquiring skills necessary to analyze and critique scholarly literature and develop fundamental research plans. 



  • Special Topic: Practitioner Research: The Instructional Design Case:  This course expands a designer's repertoire through reading design cases, and also instructs learners on how to create instructional design cases themselves so that they might enter the professional community of instructional designers.