Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development

The Master of Arts in Instructional Systems Development requires a minimum of 36 credits hours. Students must complete seven required core courses (totaling 21 credits), five elective courses (totaling 15 credits) and complete a professional portfolio (students admitted fall 2012 and on). (Students admitted prior to fall 2012 will take a final comprehensive examination).

Benefits of Program

  • Combines research and practical design experience
  • Provides a strong foundation in adult learning, instructional systems development and training principles
  • Emphasis on implementation of technology within instruction
  • Practical application of learned skills through internships and project-based course work
  • Accomplished program faculty are scholars, instructional designers, developers and training managers
  • Flexible learning options; online and evening classes

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Twelve (12) Credits in Core ISD Courses

Core ISD courses must be taken in the first 18 credits.

EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I

Online (Fall, Spring & Summer) and On-Campus in Catonsville (Fall & Spring)

This course includes the elements of analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation. An emphasis is placed on micro-level design issues including analysis, design and evaluation. Learners work through the ISD process to assemble a training or education project that is ready for implementation. A design plan and lesson plan is constructed to allow learners real-world experience in the ISD process. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: Consent of the ISD department.

EDUC 603: Instructional Systems Development II

Online (Fall, Spring, Summer)

This course focuses on the assessment, design and evaluation stages of the ADDIE model of instructional systems design. It promotes a sequential process through which instructional designers define performance problems, analyze performance gaps, identify root causes, propose training solutions, design appropriate learning events and craft evaluation strategies to measure the efficacy of their recommended approaches. Students will prepare multiple project documents throughout this real-world, real-time applied learning event, culminating in a final project portfolio of professional-grade ISD work. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 (ISD Section) and consent of department

EDUC 605: Adult Learner

Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

This course covers adult learning theories, instructional strategies and other aspects of adult learning and human performance improvement, with a special emphasis on the implications for design, delivery, evaluation and the application of learning. Other selected topics include alternative methods to traditional learning/training, and the characteristics, motivation and learning preferences of adult learners. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format. 

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and/or consent of department

EDUC 671: Principles of Training and Development

Online (Fall and Spring) and On-Campus (Summer only)

This course examines key principles relevant to training and development. They include: the role of training in an organization, adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, organizational support, resources and constraints, evaluation of training, and managing the training function. Issues that influence training implementation, such as ethics and interpretation, are also addressed. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

* EDUC 602 must be an ISD section of the course.

Nine (9) Credits of Advanced ISD Courses

To be taken after 21 credits have been completed.

EDUC 771: Research Designs in Education

Online (Fall and Spring)

This applied research course is designed for Master’s students in the ISD Training Systems graduate program. The course focuses on the process of applying research design models and methodologies to the analysis of performance problems or opportunities for organizations, teams or individual workers. Students will develop and apply a variety of systematic measurement and evaluation tools, including extant (existing) data research, surveys, benchmarking, and focus groups while conducting performance and root cause analysis in the context of needs assessments or front end analysis. A statistical analysis software package will be used to analyze and report research data. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisites: EDUC 602, 603, 605 and/or consent of department.

EDUC 792T: ISD Internship

Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

A field-oriented experience in which the student designs and implements a system of instruction, an analysis technique or evaluation design in a setting consistent with the student’s professional preparation. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: Full MA program admission status, completion of 10 out of 12 program courses and consent of department.

EDUC 794: ISD Project Seminar

Online (Fall, Spring and Summer)

This course provides the advanced graduate student in the ISD program the opportunity to analyze an educational or training problem, and apply the complete instructional systems development process to the design and development of a comprehensive instructional program to meet the needs determined by the analysis. The student is expected to design a project plan and follow the plan as he or she designs and develops all the instructional material necessary to support delivery of the comprehensive instructional system. The instructional system is expected to include an evaluation component and reflect the proper application of ISD principles in the overall design. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 792T, completion of 10 out of 12 program courses and consent of department.

* EDUC 771 and EDUC 794 must be an ISD section of the course.

Choice of Five (5) Elective Courses (15 Credits)

Students enrolled in the ISD-Training Systems Master’s program may select 15 credits of electives from the below group of courses. It is possible with the approval of the program director to take some electives that are not in this group. Please contact the graduate program director for details.

CYBR 641: Cybercrime

This course examines US and international cybercrime law, legal procedures, and best practices needed to conduct effective and evidentiary-compliant computer forensics activities (such as search and seizure, chain of custody, documentation, courtroom preparation, etc.) and the dedication to gather facts that can lead to prosecutable legal outcomes. Students will be introduced to these topics through required readings, case studies, in-class lecture, scholarly articles, judicial opinions and classroom discussions.

EDUC 643: Principles of Distance Education

Online (Spring only)

This course provides students with a foundation in history, theory, organization, technologies and instructional procedures used in distance education. Students gain experience with several distance-education delivery systems. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 recommended and consent of department.

EDUC 647: Corporate Distance Training

Online (Fall only)

This course identifies how to maximize utilization of organizational technology to deliver distance training. Students will examine case studies to explore current practices and future trends in business application of distance learning. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format. There will be some optional synchronous sessions that will be recorded for later viewing.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department

EDUC 648: Issues in Consulting for Training and Development

Online starting spring 2016(Spring only)

Students examine the various roles, functions, skills and knowledge needed of internal and external consultants to help solve human performance problems.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department.

EDUC 649: Best Practices in Training, Development and Performance

Online (Alternating Summers)

This course provides participants with awareness of strategies, practices, and ideas concerning training and development issues. It is designed for students to explore “real world” applications for programs, services and operations in a training environment. Professionals in the training field will be featured as guest speakers. This course is offered in alternating summer sessions. This course is taught using a synchronous online delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 and consent of department.

EDUC 681: Survey of Instructional Technology Applications

Online (Fall and Spring)

First in a series of three Instructional Technology courses, this course exposes students to a range of multi-media tools used to design interactive instruction including computer-based training (CBT) and web-based training (WBT) products. Through analysis and hands-on experience with each tool, the students identify the properties of each tool, describe the strengths and limitations and evaluate their application for different learning events. This course formerly was EDUC 640. The online section of this course is taught using a synchronous delivery format.

This course requires the purchase of Captivate software. The current semester’s requirement may be found on the Textbooks and Materials page.

Prerequisite: EDUC 602 (may concurrently take 602 and 681) and consent of department

EDUC 682: Instructional Technology Design and Development

Online (Fall and Spring)

Second in the series of Instructional Technology courses, this course continues a student’s development process as he/she applies ISD principles to the development and delivery of instruction using a computer-based training model. This course formerly was EDUC 610. This course is taught using a synchronous online delivery format.

Prerequisite: EDUC 640 or 681 required and consent of department

EDUC 683: Multi-Media Project Management

Online (Fall and Spring)

The last of three Instructional Technology courses, this lab-based course allows students to apply project development and multi-media design skills by completing an industry-based design project. The course is divided into four or more discrete modules that teach specific multi-media development applications required to execute and complete the design project. By the conclusion of the course, each student possesses comprehensive knowledge of the applications and how to apply them to a multi-media design project. This course formerly was EDUC 620. This course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format. There will be some synchronous sessions that will be recorded for later viewing.

Prerequisite: EDUC 640 or 681 required and consent of department

EDUC 689: Advance Special Topics – Connecting ISD and Human Performance Improvement

EDUC 689: Advance Special Topics – Managing Your Career

EDUC 689: Advance Special Topics – Managing, Training, & Performance

EDUC 689: Advance Special Topics – Portfolio Development & Talent Management

EDUC 690: Individual Projects (must have program director’s approval)

Portfolio

All M.A. students in the Instructional Systems Development degree program admitted fall 2012 and later are required to submit a professional portfolio of course-related work samples that reflects their accomplishments throughout their tenure in the program. UMBC ISD Portfolio Requirements and Portfolio Checklist

Internship and Final Project Seminar

Students are required to complete an internship course and final project seminar course.  Since most students are working adults the internship provides flexible options to complete this requirement.

Academic Standards

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in their first six credits.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (“B”) to graduate.  If students do not maintain a 3.0 GPA their matriculation in the program may be discontinued.

For more details on policies and procedures visit the UMBC Graduate School website.

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