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Dream It, Work Hard for It, Choose Wisely

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California State University, Fullerton

Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology

This blog is an opportunity for  me to share what I am learning during  CSU Fullerton’s Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology program. This MSIDT program fuses instructional design techniques, theories, practices, and approaches with emerging technological tools for development and communication. It is a rigorous, fast-paced program delivered online.

Why instructional design? I truly enjoy visualizing and creating instruction while being mindful of different learner abilities. Learner success is a fascinating puzzle. The MSIDT program is helping me hone these skills in the following ways:

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Unlike some online courses with asynchronous communication, Fullerton fashions a cohesive, interconnected cohort through discussions board prompts and group projects. The opportunity to work alongside multi-talented individuals has been invaluable and inspirational.

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The MSIDT professors are engaged and caring as they stay connected throughout the process with virtual office hours, Google hangout, and email.

CSU Fullerton’s program helps develop sensitivities to the nuances of instruction. Designing successful instruction starts with walking in the learner’s shoes throughout the learning process.

This MISDT program fosters an understanding and appreciation for:

  • varied instructional strategies to reach diverse leaners
  • pedagogical and andragogy underpinnings driving motivation
  • instructional models and methods

The GOALS of the MSIDT program include:

  • writing lesson plans with learning objectives.
  • designing activities to reach learning objectives.
  • creating assessments to measure student success.
  • crafting flowcharts.
  • laying out storyboards.
  • producing interactive learning objects with the iterative processes of ADDIE or SAM2.
  • organizing planning documents for projects.
  • researching best practices for excellent instruction.

Technological Tools

Fullerton’s MSIDT Program encourages the use, exploration, and mastery of many technological tools, which includes software, apps, and social media. Here’s a few:

  • Adobe’s Captivatemonitor
  • InDesign for Instructional Aides
  • Google Docs
  • VoiceThread
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • PowerPoint
  • Wikispaces
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

…the list of technological tools grows daily as the cohort shares experiences, solutions, and opportunities for success!

Cal State Fullerton’s MSIDT program is not for the weak at heart! One needs to be a self-starter with a drive to learn. It is challenging, but there is always support from cohort members or faculty to get to the finish line.

If becoming an instructional designer is a goal for you and you are not afraid to work hard, then this program is for you!

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