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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 (8)
    This course provides a real-world opportunity for students to strengthen their competence in communication, analysis, design, technology, evaluation, management, personal and interpersonal skills. May be repeated to a maximum of eight 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Electives (15)
    A minimum of 15 credit hours of electives relevant to Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies are required. Electives courses may count toward the completion of a graduate certificate in either human performance technology or online instructional development.

Total Credit Hours

36

Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites for Admission: Must have a BA or BS from an accredited institution but no course prerequisites are required.

Application Requirement

  • 5 years of professional experience as an instructional designer and a 3.0 (or better) upper-division undergraduate GPA from an accredited institution.
  • A completed Masters, JD, MD, or PhD degree with a 3.0 (or better) GPA from a North American accredited institution.
  • Completion of 9 graduate credit hours of a graduate certificate from the ISLT program with a graduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied.

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 2018-19 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.

Fall 2018 Course Offerings

  • ADE5083 Human Resource Development (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course offers a comprehensive survey of the structure and function of human-resource development in organizations. Focus is on alternative perspectives, professional roles and competencies, as well as on the organizational features affecting Human-Resource Development operations and programs.
  • EDF5442 Inquiry and Measurement for Practitioners (3)
    Prerequisite: y.
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    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 (8)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides a real-world opportunity for students to strengthen their competence in communication, analysis, design, technology, evaluation, management, personal and interpersonal skills. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours.
  • EME5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an introduction to systematic design of instruction. Includes practical experience in developing and evaluating instructional materials.
  • EME6403 Designing for Online Collaborative Learning (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course teaches strategies and techniques for designing instructional activities for distance learning based on theories and principles of collaborative learning.
  • EME6631 Managing Instructional Development (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    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.

Summer 2018 Course Offerings

  • EDF5942 Field Laboratory Internship (8)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course provides a real-world opportunity for students to strengthen their competence in communication, analysis, design, technology, evaluation, management, personal and interpersonal skills. May be repeated to a maximum of eight semester hours.
  • 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.
  • EME6356 Learning and Web Analytics (3)
    This course addresses the collection and use of data for decision making and assessment in learning and human performance contexts. Students get hands-on experience with small data sets and learn how big data sets are collected and used.
  • EME6414 Web 2.0-Based Learning and Performance (3)
    This course focuses on how the widespread use of social networking/media have influenced learning and human performance. Additionally, the course covers how instructional learning experiences and performance supports might be designed to take advantage of participatory culture.
  • EME6636 A Systems Approach to the Management of Change (3)
    This course discusses performance interventions in terms of changes in organizational environment, structure, processes, and workforce performance. The course examines the issues surrounding planning, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating changes that result from instructional and non-instructional interventions which target the overall improvement of organizational performance.


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