MEd in Instructional Design Areas of Study

The WGU Tennessee Master of Education program content is based on research on effective instruction, as well as national and state standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable teachers and trainers to teach effectively in diverse classrooms. The degree program is focused on preparing highly qualified teachers and trainers. The hallmarks of our program include (a) appropriate and rigorous subject matter preparation, (b) technology integration using proven instructional design principles, (c) measurement and evaluation of instructional products and programs, and (d) real-life application of projects designed for the practitioner.

Instructional Design

Foundations of Instructional Design
Foundations of Instructional Design focuses on using learning theory research-based instructional strategies to improve learning outcomes, adapting the learning environment to the individual learners, and creatively using technology as a mind tool to help students think more effectively.

Instructional Design Analysis
Instructional Design Analysis focuses on using analysis of needs to determine the needs and interests of learners, and scope and sequence for developing a logical approach for an education program to formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives.

Issues in Instructional Design
Issues in Instructional Design focuses on learning theories, learner analysis, scope and sequence, instructional strategies, task analysis and design theories, media and technology foundations, and adaptive technologies for special populations for creating effective, well-articulated, and efficient instruction.

Instructional Design Production
Instructional Design Production focuses on the application of a systematic process of instructional design, namely the concepts and procedure for analyzing and designing successful instruction. This course will prepare students to conduct a goal analysis, a process used to identify instructional goals, as well as a task analysis, which is used to determine the skills and knowledge required to accomplish those goals. This course also focuses on writing performance objectives, designing assessments, and developing instruction that incorporates relevant learning theories. Methods for formatively evaluating a unit of instruction are also introduced. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Research Fundamentals

Research Foundations

Research Questions and Literature Review
The Research Questions and Literature Reviews for Educational Research course focuses on how to conduct a thorough literature review that addresses and identifies important educational research topics, problems, and questions, and helps determine the appropriate kind of research and data needed to answer one's research questions and hypotheses.

Research Design and Analysis
The Research Design and Analysis course focuses on applying strategies for effective design of empirical research studies. Particular emphasis is placed on selecting or constructing the design that will provide the most valid results, analyzing the kind of data that would be obtained, and making defensible interpretations and drawing appropriate conclusions based on the data.

Research Proposals
Research Proposals focuses on planning and writing a well-organized and complete research proposal. The relationship of the sections in a research proposal to the sections in a research report will be highlighted.

Measurement and Evaluation

Foundations of Measurement and Evaluation
Foundations of Measurement and Evaluation focuses on assessment validity, constructing reliable test instruments, identifying appropriate item and instrument types, qualitative data collection tools and techniques, and conducting a formative and summative evaluation for an instruction product or program.

Evaluation Methodology and Instrumentation
Evaluation Methodology and Instrumentation focuses on using qualitative and quantitative data collection tools and techniques to construct and evaluate valid and reliable measuring instruments.

Evaluation Process and Recommendation
Evaluation Process and Recommendation focuses on implementing and interpreting an evaluation and the reporting of the results and recommendations to stakeholders.

Issues in Measurement and Evaluation
Issues in Measurement and Evaluation focuses on the understanding of formative and summative evaluation, quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, including rubrics and the processes of evaluation.

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