Feb 21, 2020
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The B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology provides students with an opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into the growing field of instructional design. This program will prepare students to use technology to create and evaluate learning materials for use in various instructional settings.
Students will learn how to work collaboratively to understand their organizations’ learning needs and how to effectively develop instructional materials to meet these needs. Students will have an understanding of how people learn plus the practical skills to apply their knowledge immediately in the field. Additionally, students graduating with this degree will be uniquely qualified due to their experiences with learning online. Students’ experience with the Learning Management Systems and the tools used in the online environment will put them in position for the many jobs available for instructional designers in the online learning field.
The B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology courses are aligned with the standards of the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT). These standards are critical indicators of quality in instruction through technology and their inclusion reflects the integrity of the Walden University learning experience as well as its relevancy in professional and educational settings.
Upon completion of the program, education professionals will be able to:
- Design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
- Develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
- Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization.
- Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-references measurement, and formative and summative evaluation.
Walden University offers a B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology degree to students who want to gain the skills and practical hands-on experience needed to succeed in this growing field. The broad framework of the General Program can help to prepare you for a rewarding career in the field of instructional design and technology. Walden also offers the following concentrations: Business and Organizational Change and Human Factors and Interface Design.
Note: Students admitted prior to September 2010 are required to complete CMIS 1002, CMIS 2001, and CMIS 4201 as part of the core curriculum.
General Education Courses (46 cr.)
See the general education section of this Walden University Catalog.
Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
Education Core Courses (30 cr.)
Instructional Design Core Courses (45 cr.)
Elective Courses (20–55 cr.)
Students in the General Program choose 11 additional elective courses (55 cr.) from either general education , B.S. in Child Development, B.S. in Educational Studies, or any bachelor’s program. At least 15 elective credits must be at the 3000 level or above.
Students in the Business and Organizational Change concentration choose seven additional elective courses (35 cr.) from either general education , B.S. in Child Development, B.S. in Educational Studies, or any bachelor’s program.
Students in the Human Factors and Interface Design concentration choose four additional elective courses (20 cr.) from either general education , B.S. in Child Development, B.S. in Educational Studies, or any bachelor’s program.
Additional Technology Requirements
Note: In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program has additional technology requirements:
- Windows Vista or Mac OS X
- Free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements
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