The Instructional Design program is for students interested in the theory, practice, and design of instructional content for many modes of delivery. This program 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.
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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.
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.
This course will explore the roles and scope of the instructional designer and subject matter expert in the framework of an instructional design project. Students will develop effective conflict resolution strategies as well as interpersonal communication skills. Communication skills to provide feedback and drive course revisions will also be covered.
A successful learning experience comes not only from proper curriculum and instructional design but also adhering to quality assurance protocols. In this course students explore a variety of quality assurance protocols as they apply to course development. The concept of piloting to gather students and instructor feedback is also discussed.
Digital pedagogy deals with not only the use of technology, but the appropriate use of technology to enhance the learning experience and engage the learner. This course will prepare students to evaluate, recommend and implement digital tools in a face to face, online, or hybrid environment.
Technology and topics change just as rapidly in instructional design as they do in creating timely curriculum. This course will explore trends in instructional design, from mobile learning to simulation software. Concepts of certification or credentialing are explored in relation to online courses and workshops. How can we demonstrate that we have successfully attained a skill in a continuously changing online course landscape?
Instructional design involves managing not only the design of curriculum in order to meet learning outcomes but also managing time requirements and other tangible and intangible resources. This course explores the important concepts in project management specifically for educational design and development. We look at time management and cost control, conducting a proper needs analysis from an institutional level as well as strategies for determining scope.
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.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:
- Grade 12 English at the C or U level
- Grade 11 Math at the C, or U or M levels
Upon graduation from this program, students will be able to seek employment as instructional designers, educational consultants, training providers, or instructional program developers. Labour market research showcases a significant growth in this area of expertise as more companies are engaged in creating professional development resources for staff.
SLC+ Continuing Education