EDIT 705 - Instructional Design

Taken Summer 2009

George Mason University's Course Description

Helps students analyze, apply, and evaluate principles of instructional design to develop education and training materials spanning a wide range of knowledge domains and instructional technologies. Focuses on variety of instructional design models, with emphasis on recent contributions from cognitive science and related fields.


Instructional Design Document

During this course, three classmates and I identified an instructional problem, drafted an instructional design document, and worked collaboratively to produce a prototype for one of the instructional modules described in the design document using the ADDIE model.

At that time, Navy Federal Credit Union wanted to improve member service by providing instruction on "superior member service" to employees. Based on our analysis, we proposed five modules that could be delivered online or in-person to Navy Federal employees to improve their delivery of "superior members service."

Download a copy of the instructional design document.


EDIT 705 was my first true introduction to instructional design. I felt I had been thrown into the deep end of a frigid pool and it took me several weeks to catch my breath. Through course readings, online class discussions, and individual work, I learned the basic ADDIE model for instructional design and how ADDIE can be modified as needed. Through collaborative work, my group produced an instructional design document and a learning prototype for one of the modules presented in the document. While initially challenging, our group quickly coalesced, evaluated each others' strengths and weaknesses, and produced a high quality design document. While incredibly demanding from both a cognitive and time perspective, this courses confirmed that I had chosen the best graduate program for me. The program appeared to marry my passions for client service and technology to design solutions (instruction) to solve (learning) problems. I regularly reference course materials from both classes for other courses.