M.Ed. in Instructional Design Areas of Study

WGU Nevada Master of Education

The WGU Nevada 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

The Instructional Design area of study prepares students to identify an instructional problem and design the blueprint for solving that problem using various principles of instructional design.

Instructional Design Theories
This course focuses on creating effective and efficient instruction.

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

The research fundamentals area of study prepares students to conduct research and also to become informed consumers of research.

Foundations of Research
Focuses on differentiating between different research paradigms, including qualitative, quantitative, and action research.

Literature Reviews for Educational Research
Focuses on selecting an appropriate research topic, evaluating the reliability of primary and secondary source information, and conducting a literature review.

Research Proposal
Focuses on developing a research proposal that includes the literature review, research questions, methodology, and data analysis.

Issues in Research Fundamentals
Focuses on developing a research strategy that clarifies what data to collect and how to analyze it using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Measurement and Evaluation

The Measurement and Evaluation area of study prepares students to select a product or program currently under development and construct a detailed formative evaluation report.

Types of Evaluation
This course focuses on developing and conducting a formative and summative evaluation for an instruction product or program.

Data Collection
This course focuses on qualitative and quantitative collection tools and techniques.

Assessment Instruments
This course focuses on constructing and evaluating valid and reliable measuring instruments.

Design, Implementation and Interpretation of a Formal Evaluation
This course focuses on describing the purpose of summative evaluation and the needs of stakeholders.

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