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UMGC, USMx: Instructional Design Course Evaluation & Capstone Project

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Develop your Instructional Design & Technology MicroMasters capstone project while you learn course evaluation models to assess the impact of design on the learning environment.

Instructional Design Course Evaluation & Capstone Project
8 weeks
8–10 hours per week
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Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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This the final capstone course in the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program where we delve into evaluation of course design and develop your final capstone project. Evaluation models allow instructional designers to engage in continuous improvement of course design to optimize the student learning environment. During this course we will explore evaluations models, learning management system’s data analytics, and Kirkpatrick’s Levels of evaluation. Finally, you will design, build and publish your capstone project, which is an online learning module.

This is the final course in the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters and content builds on the first three courses in the program. It is highly recommended that learners complete the three pre-requisite courses prior to enrolling in IDT 400x.

This course is part of the Instructional Design and Technology MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Learning Design and Technology. See the MicroMasters program page for more information.

At a glance

  • Institutions:

    UMGC

    USMx
  • Subject: Education & Teacher Training
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites:

    The program content and course projects are sequential, allowing the learner to build on subsequent work. Completing LDT100x LDT200x, and LDT300x is highly recommended before completing LDT400x coursework. Basic experience in word processing and G Suite and a background in teaching, education, or professional development are helpful but not required.

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
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  • Associated skills:Data Analysis, Instructional Design, Learning Management Systems, Learning Design, Design And Technology, Course Evaluations, Project Evaluation

What you'll learn

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  • Define Learning Analytics
  • Explain Kirkpatrick’s Assessment Model
  • Apply evaluation model to assess and improve course design
  • Design and publish an online course as a capstone project
  • Reflect on the instructional design cycle
  • Explain your philosophy of design

Week 1: Design Document and Learning Management Systems (LMS) Choice

Week 2: Course Goals and Kirkpatric Evaluation Level 1

Week 3: Course Outcomes and Kirkpatrick Evaluation Level 2

Week 4: Developing Assessments

Week 5: Rubrics

Week 6: Apply LDT100x Principles

Week 7: Apply LDT200x Principles

Week 8: Apply LDT300x Principles and MicroLesson Submission

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?

To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

This course is part of Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters Program

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4 graduate-level courses
Instructor-led
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
8 months
8 - 10 hours per week

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