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Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, MS

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Mary Kate McKee
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Students can now earn a Master's degree in Instructional Systems online from FSU. The field of Instructional Systems is concerned with the improvement of educational and training programs through the application of research and technology. Instructional Systems is a relatively new area of specialization which draws upon the fields of psychology, communications and management in order to improve human performance.

While materials development and the utilization of technology are core skills in the curriculum, students in the Instructional Systems program also study the theoretical basis for, and receive applied training in, the total design, development, implementation, and management of education and training programs. Skill areas range from needs assessment and job analysis through system design and evaluation. The use of computers in performance improvement receives significant emphasis in the program.

Students who enter the master's program usually have little or no previous training in Instructional Systems. They represent a wide range of undergraduate majors including such areas as psychology, sociology, and English, as well as art, music, and teacher education. In the master's program, students learn the skills that will prepare them to take positions in many types of organizations including business, industry, government, and education.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

The Instructional Systems Online courses are asynchronous.

Time to Completion

Online students generally take 1-2 courses per semester and complete the program in 2-4 years

Careers

The principles and techniques taught in this program cut across all organization and industry sectors - profits and nonprofits, public and private, products and services. Some specific occupations suited to this program include: Trainers, Consultants, K-12 Teachers, Instructors (especially in the military or at community colleges), Educational Technology Coordinators, Faculty, Instructional Designers, Human Resource Specialists, Higher Education Administrators, and anyone contemplating a career in training and development, curriculum planning and Internet applications.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDF5442 Inquiry and Measurement for Practitioners (3)
    This foundational course addresses inquiry and measurement concepts for master's students. It focuses on inquiry to support data-based decision makingprocesses related to learning and human performance.
  • EDF5942 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours.
  • EDF8966 Comprehensive Examination: Professional Portfolio
    (P/F grade only)
  • EDP5216 Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction (3)
    This course focuses on the applications of prominent contemporary theories of learning, cognition, and information processing to instructional settings.
  • EME5601 Introduction to Instructional Systems (3)
    This course is an overview of systems theory applied to instructional systems development and includes principles and procedures for developing total instructional systems. In the course, students learn about the systematic approach to instructional design, the contexts in which this approach is applied, and the roles instructional systems professionals in the instructional design and performance improvement processes.
  • EME5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3)
    This course is an introduction to systematic design of instruction. Includes practical experience in developing and evaluating instructional materials.
  • EME5608 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design (3)
    This course is an overview of the field of instructional technology. Includes historical perspective, research findings, and current issues and trends.

Total Credit Hours

36

Prerequisites

Prospective students should have a 3.0 GPA in last 2 years of undergraduate study, a minimum GRE score of 1000, and a minimum score of 80 on theTOEFL (for non-native English speakers).

Application Procedures

Prospective students should have a 3.0 GPA in last 2 years of undergraduate study, a minimum GRE score of 152 or above on verbal reasoning, a score of 4.0 or above on the analytical writing GRE, and a minimum score of 85 on theTOEFL (for non-native English speakers).

Program Requirements

The program requires an internship and the completion of a comprehensive examination. All M.S. degree students are required to complete an internship designed to provide on-the-job experience in developing instructional systems design competencies. It is the student's responsibility to locate an appropriate setting; therefore, planning for the internship should begin during the first semester of study. The purpose of the Masters Comprehensive examination is to assess the student's ability to synthesize the information and skills that have been acquired through courses and the internship experience and to prepare a professional-looking portfolio for use in future job search. It is not a course-type final examination, but rather an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the knowledge and skills of the student by means of a portfolio.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • EDF5942 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours.
  • EDP5216 Theories of Learning and Cognition in Instruction (3)
    This course focuses on the applications of prominent contemporary theories of learning, cognition, and information processing to instructional settings.
  • EME5601 Introduction to Instructional Systems (3)
    This course is an overview of systems theory applied to instructional systems development and includes principles and procedures for developing total instructional systems. In the course, students learn about the systematic approach to instructional design, the contexts in which this approach is applied, and the roles instructional systems professionals in the instructional design and performance improvement processes.
  • EME5602 Technology & Design (3)
    This course focuses on developing the visual design, multimedia, graphic design, and technology skills that are foundational to instructional design and development. Students will learn to apply theory and principles to the development of instructional media using popular software programs.
  • EME6415 Development of Computer Courseware (3)
    Prerequisite: EDG6925. EME5603.
    This course focuses on procedures for the systematic design and production of computer-based instruction. Includes practice in computer-based course development.
  • EME6631 Managing Instructional Development (3)
    This course is an introduction to procedures for managing instructional development projects and organizations. Includes project and organizational design and development, staff development, and leadership principles.
  • EME6691 Performance Systems Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: EME5601 .
    This course is an introduction to human-performance technology (HPT) and familiarizes students with HPT theoretical foundations and practical methodology through a performance systems analysis (PSA) project. The course covers systems thinking, systematic processes involved in conducting a PSA, as well as PSA models and their application for identifying performance gaps and recommending solutions.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • ADE5189 Staff Training and Development (3)
    This course covers the theory and practice of staff training and development based on the designand use of experiential instructional interventions m eant to enhance individual, group, and organizational efforts.
  • EDF5442 Inquiry and Measurement for Practitioners (3)
    This foundational course addresses inquiry and measurement concepts for master's students. It focuses on inquiry to support data-based decision makingprocesses related to learning and human performance.
  • EDF5942 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    May be repeated to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours.
  • EDF8966 Comprehensive Examination: Professional Portfolio
    (P/F grade only)
  • EME5457 Introduction to Distance Learning (3)
    This course provides an overview of the foundations of distance learning and on-line educational programs. It examines the design and technologies necessary for quality interactive education at a distance.
  • EME5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3)
    This course is an introduction to systematic design of instruction. Includes practical experience in developing and evaluating instructional materials.


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