Instructional Design

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Instructional Design is for students interested in the theory, practice, and design of instructional content for many modes of delivery. These courses will provide the theoretical and practical foundations for the development and design of instruction and training applicable to the higher education industry, corporate training delivery, or hosting subject specific workshops. Pedagogical theory will be coupled with module and course development to apply and demonstrate principles appropriate to the education of a quantified learner demographic. These courses are delivered fully online which will allow students to analyze the requirements, design elements, and structure of courses built using the instructional design principles they will be learning.

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Instructional Design Principles

This course explores the foundational principles of instructional design including learning theories and pedagogical models that are commonly used in the instructional design process. The student will write and align measurable learning outcomes with curriculum and ensure course content is compliant with current industry design and accessibility standards.

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Digital Pedagogy

Instructional design requires a large knowledge base and aptitude for selecting appropriate technology to achieve course outcomes and training goals. This course reviews the common LMSs used to manage learning modules as well as the accessible technological tools that assist learning. Social media as an educational and research tool as well as the use of visuals, audio, and video is addressed.

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Course Design for Hybrid Delivery

This course will prepare students to design a hybrid module from start to finish. Important issues on mixed-mode lesson planning are discussed as well as learning strategies geared towards both face to face and online delivery. Assessment strategies for hybrid delivery are also key to the design process and we will explore best practices for assessment creation and alignment.

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Alignment and Assessment Strategies

Design backward and build forward is an important instructional design principle. This course will explore the importance of aligning assessments to course and module outcomes. Activities and exercises which scaffold to the formative or summative assessments are discussed. The course also speaks to how to use quizzes and pre or post assessments effectively by keeping an eye to instructional design principles.

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  1. Develop measurable learning outcomes and/or objectives for a course or training program
  2. Apply instructional design strategies appropriate to the learning environment and aligned with the learning outcomes
  3. Apply components of accessibility and usability in course design
  4. Design learning activities and assessments that are aligned to learning outcomes
  5. Develop and critique course material using instructional design strategies
  6. Identify the roles of teams members and apply project management strategies in a course development project
  7. Select appropriate learning technologies to enhance course design and delivery
  8. Implement a quality assurance framework and evaluative instructional design instruments.

Program Contacts

Georgina Ioannou
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22946

Joanne Bonnet
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.22528