Degree Specialization in Digital Instructional Architecture

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Follow the blueprint for success in instructional design.

Are you looking to position yourself as an expert in educational technology and course design? Set yourself up for success with the skills you need to advance with a specialization in Digital Instructional Architecture. This program will give you the tools to apply the latest technologies, apply best practices, and excel as a leader of learners.


This program consists of 4 upper-division courses, for a total of 12 credit hours:

  • ISD500 Advanced Theory of Instructional Design and Architecture
    In this course, students will select and apply the most appropriate instructional design model to create compelling, accessible, and engaging courses in the ever-changing landscape of online learning. Students will analyze modern learning theories, case studies, instructional design models, and accessibility considerations with the goal of developing learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse and digital audience.
  • ISD501 Design and Project Management for Instructional Architects
    In this course and associated practicum, students will apply design models, learn how to manage course development projects, and apply effective communication and collaboration skills. Students will work together to produce learning experiences using modern media and technologies, apply instructional design theories and frameworks, and actively participate in the planning and creation of online courses, content, or activities.
  • ISD502 Learning Technologies and Innovation
    In this course, students will critically examine the role of technology in the creation and innovation of learning experiences and apply selection criteria to choose effective tools to meet learning outcomes. Students assess or evaluate learning management systems, integrated learning tools, and the effective use of digital content, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Additionally, students will examine the relationships between technology, pedagogy, content, and social constructs, thereby building an understanding of how technology can support active and constructive learning.
  • ISD503 Course Development and Project Evaluation
    In this course and associated practicum, students will practice implementing learning tools and technologies, creating engaging and accessible assessments, and evaluating both the effectiveness of a course and the management of the overall project. Students will be active members of a design team and relied upon to make sound design and implementation recommendations.

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.



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