Educational Tecnhology and Intructional Design


The Educational Technology and Instructional Design program is a 60 week, 16 course post graduate certificate program, which includes a 15 week co-op work term. The traditional modes of classroom-based training are rapidly changing due to advancements in technology, management systems and instructional design, assessment and evaluation best practices. This program takes into consideration these changes and involves many of the most advanced and emerging trends in the corporate and post-secondary training and educational sectors.

Course List

ELD-1013: Instructional Design
Students begin to examine the process for planning curricula and designing learning experiences to ensure desired performance outcomes are achieved. Students learn about instructional design models used to support synchronous and asynchronous learning and about the components that make up a framework for building competence. In designing learning experiences, students focus on the design of the learning experience; from creating measurable learning objectives, to identifying how to align each to the appropriate level and type of evaluation. Students create a detailed course outline at the conclusion of the course.

ELD-1023: Assessing Performance Needs
This course provides frameworks and techniques for assessing needs in a workplace context that leads to the identification of learning and other performance solutions. Students learn the steps taken when assessing performance needs and develop the knowledge and skill to address the right problem(s) and cause(s), identify the best solution(s) and determine how to evaluate performance results.

ELD-1033: Technical Writing
This course is designed to improve students’ writing and communication skills by focusing on mechanics, sentence structure, spelling, and technical writing style. Students write and edit letters, memos, e-mails, short informal reports, and an instructional manual.

ELD-1053: E-Learning Quality Assurance
Students in this course will examine E-learning quality assurance issues by analyzing the similarities and differences between online and face to face learning, researching various situations that arise when designing an online course, investigating various E-learning quality assurance design standards, researching global accessibility design standards and creating and presenting their own online course as a capstone project for instructor and peer review.

ELD-1063: Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Ethics in Online Research
Students are introduced to the research process including the investigation, analysis and evaluation of online research for suitability. Students learn to cite according to ethical and legal compliance and explore concepts of intellectual property, copyright, and research ethics issues in a global, online world.

ELD-2023: Evaluating Learning
This course focuses on the role evaluation plays in determining the effectiveness of learning on organizational objectives and on individual performance outcomes. Students explore models and techniques within the context of workplace learning; evaluating the needs identified, and measuring the effectiveness of the design, development and delivery of a learning program. The course provides opportunities to design and evaluate assessment tools and strategies for use with stakeholders and learners. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills in evaluation and assessment by designing an evaluation strategy.

ELD-2053: Mobile Tools
In this course students will be introduced to various educational mobile technologies and applications used in the classroom. Students will learn about various frameworks for effectively integrating mobile teaching and learning into the classroom. Students will adopt a framework and integrate mobile tools into teaching and learning and facilitate a lesson using mobile teaching technology.

ELD-2013: Facilitating Training
In this course, students learn about the elements required to engage learners and to create an environment conducive to learning. Students begin at ‘Prepare to Facilitate’ so as to ensure learner needs are met and learning objectives align with desired performance outcomes. Throughout the course, attention is given on how to meet the specific needs of learners and groups and how to create opportunities that encourage interaction between learners and groups. Furthermore, how to use platform skills, such as; questioning skills to foster learner accountability for their learning, are examined. Students have a number of opportunities to practice their facilitation skills throughout the learning event while also benefitting from a three part evaluation approach that includes self, peers and the facilitator.

ELD-2033: Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Web Conferencing Applications
This course provides students an introduction to a number of widely used learning management systems (LMS) programs including D2L, Moodle, etc. Students also explore a number of web conferencing applications including Adobe Connect, WebEx, etc. Affordances and constraints of applications are considered; students have the opportunity to design and deliver lessons and/or learning modules through one of the applications.

ELD-2043: Web Authoring Tools: Adobe Cloud Suite
This course provides students an introduction to the features, functionality, and good practices of use with key web authoring programs within Adobe Suite including Dreamweaver and Captivate. Students have the opportunity to create learning objects, websites, and other content in an area of professional interest and share for peer review and evaluation.

ELD-3052: Web, Photo and Design Skills
Students enhance their skills in web design, photo and video software applications. This course examines the advantages and disadvantages of specific software including Articulate and Captivate and the open source alternatives. Students produce audio and video content for the use of online content delivery. The course focuses on development of digital media from creating a script and storyboard to the publication of educational video. Screencasts, video tutorials and audio/video feedback are also examined.

ELD-3013: Facilitating Online Learning: Synchronous and Asynchronous
Students connect theories of learning with the practice of facilitating training online and how this can be applied to build online learning communities. Curriculum includes developing and enhancing online facilitation skills using leading concepts and best practices. Theories addressed include (but are not limited to): behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism.

ELD-3032: Capstone Project
In this course, students design two learning sessions; a 30 minute synchronous (in-class) and 15 minute asynchronous (online) session on a topic of their choice. Students then deliver the 30 minute session to audience of their peers. To complete the capstone project, students integrate knowledge and skills gained from Terms 1 and 2. The synchronous session is videotaped and students have an opportunity to benefit from a three part evaluation approach that includes self, peers and the facilitator.

ELD-2064: Tech Tools Lab: LMS, Web Conference, Web Authoring (Independent Study)
Students choose learning technologies in which to develop a high level of expertise. Students present the results of their investigation through the presentation of findings and a demonstration of a learning module using the chosen application(s).

ELD-3044: Emerging Trends in Technology
Students examine the business principles and concepts behind global educational technology. Curriculum focuses on innovation, trend setting and the evolution of technology as it pertains to online learning. Students explore hardware, software, online learning and social media in order to deliver a global education.

MAN-2103: Project Management
This course will provide the student with an overview of the structured processes and knowledge areas of project management within the context of organizations. It will contrast the differences between operational management and project management. It will provide the student with numerous tools and techniques used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management and working in a project team.