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Instructional Design Certificate Program

Curriculum Design

This badge documents knowledge, skills, and ability related to designing effective technology-rich instruction. Individuals holding this badge have demonstrated their expertise with instructional design that is aligned with the learning needs of their particular students and with the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). They infuse technology into instruction in ways that enhance learning, and the instructional materials they design will communicate strong visual as well as verbal messages.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Individuals holding this badge are able to:

  • Understand basic principles of instructional design and course design;
  • Design technology-rich instruction for face-to-face or online dissemination;
  • Align instruction with educational and discipline-specific standards;
  • Match learning activities to course goals and assessments;
  • Design assessments alighted to course outcomes;
  • Revise assessments based on student performance;
  • Encourage adaptive instruction and assignments;
  • Use communication theory to guide development of instructional materials to support curricula using a variety of information transfer technologies;
  • Apply communication theories to evaluating and improving existing instructional materials;
  • Apply basic concepts related to visual communication;
  • Apply design concepts to create effective messages and instruction in a variety of media.

Courses

Individuals earning this badge have completed the following courses:

  • ED 626: Instructional Design
  • LIB 680: Communication Theory
  • CSE 615: Designing Information

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"The M.S. in Education at WOU gave me a solid grounding in theory and practice that I could put to use immediately in my classroom, along with scholarly skills I use now as I pursue my doctorate. It also connected me to other education professionals, opening doors for conversation and development around the state. The program allowed me to focus on my own interests but also introduced me to philosophies and tools I hadn't yet explored, in a constructive environment where meaningful discovery and scholarly growth was encouraged. Our classrooms felt like open conversations, not just point-and-click assignment destinations. I continue to value the knowledge and connections I built there."

Jennifer Kepka-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"While the MS Ed: Info Tech program is geared towards teachers I found, as an Administrator in Higher Education, it provided me with many useful tools and skills that I can apply to what I do as an administrator. I have used what I have learned in the program to develop online training modules, created websites to assist in the facilitation and management of projects, and design engaging and effective methods of delivering information. I have discovered alternative ways to document and maintain policies and procedures to improve access to information and communication within my department. In addition, the program faculty are wonderful to work with and since I could take most of my classes online it worked perfectly with my busy schedule."

Danielle Ambrose '15

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The MSEd: Info Tech program at WOU was just what I needed to help me shift my career. The program covered a broad range of educational theory, technology, and design principles. I appreciated that while it focused on leveraging technology for educational purposes, it also promoted mindfulness about what we do- not just technology for technology. The asynchronous, online nature of it was convenient, and now that I’m working with online programs, I really value having had the experience of being an online student. The faculty were highly engaged and my fellow students brought a lot of real world experience into the class discussions. I’d recommend this program for anyone interested in the ways technology can be used in education."

Brain Daigle-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology

"The MSEd Information Technology program at Western Oregon University continues to open doors for me. Because of the skills and theory I learned in the program, I was offered a job as an instructional designer before graduation. Masters level programs are only as good as their faculty, and I have found WOU faculty to be responsive and approachable. Their encouragement has resulted in multiple conference presentations, a strong portfolio, and solid relationships with my colleagues. If I were a student who was solely focused on the quality of instruction I would receive, my goal would be met. As a student who wants to be competitive in my field, I have found faculty support and instruction that continues to stretch me to become a true professional."

Tamara Mitchell-Alumni

M.S. in Ed. Information Technology