Program of Study: Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology
What attracted me to UWI-Open Campus’s MsC in IDT is its use of technology, which associates it with my undergraduate background – Bachelor of Science in Digital Illustration and Animation. However, IDT also connects me to the academe. As a former multimedia instructor, I was focused on the skills, technology, and software used rather than the actual teaching strategies that could help bring the lessons forward. Now, as a second grade teacher, I appreciate how MsC – IDT allows me to enjoy both worlds: the theoretical and the skill-based.
2015/2016 Semester II EDID6503 – Instructional Design Theories, Models and Strategies This course marked my first foray into Instructional Design and Technology. It taught me how to organize my thoughts, using concept maps. It was also my introduction into instructional models, such as ADHERE and Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction.
2015/2016 Summer Term EDID6502 – Analyzing Human Performance This course introduced me to the importance of comparing the current situation to the need or target performance. The practical aspect of being able to apply needs assessment into the workplace is what makes this course appealing.
2016/2017 Semester I EDID6501 – Learning Theory and Instructional Design This course is ideally taken at the beginning of MsC – IDT and it clarified some of the concepts that I have encountered in passing in the previous semesters. It challenges its learners to find the most appropriate learning theories to different learning scenarios. This is where I really understood the full meanings of Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism. Both the traditional theories, such as Behaviorism and the more modern ones, such as Constructivism have their pros and cons.
EDID6504 – Programme Evaluation and Course Assessment Methods This course discusses the importance of not just designing the instruction but also evaluating the design’s success. Herein, the intended learning outcomes and the actual results are compared and contrasted to gauge the success.
2016/2017 Semester II EDID6505 – Systems Approach to Designing Instructional Materials This course takes a lesson under a microscope and plans the materials that will be used to deliver the instruction. The needs assessment process within this course has allowed me to understand details, such as optimals, actuals, feelings, and causes.
EDID6507 – Needs Assessment for Learning and Performance The actual and desired performances are compared in this course, to identify the learning and performance gaps that must be addressed.
2016/2017 Summer Term EDID6506 – Issues, Trends, Innovations and Research in ID, IT & DE This course places IDT in the real world by reminding the students that recent trends in the field of study can affect the instructional design. As an instructor, I must then always update myself.
EDID6509 – Designing Learning and Performance Solutions This course was one of the most appealing to me. It challenges the students to make solutions theoretically, while also being able to create materials, using software such as Axure RP.
2017/2018 Semester I
EDLS6507 Research Methods
EDID6511 Facilitating and Managing Learning (deferred the term because of Hurricane Maria)
2017/2018 Semester II EDID6508 Developing Instructional Media This course is a great follow-up to EDID6509, because of its use of technological tools. The use of HTML, albeit simple, is an addition that can help me and the other students in other aspects of the academe and the working life in general. Being able to create images, video and audio to supplement teaching is a good move leaning towards more 21st century instruction.
EDLS6507 Research Methods This is an especially helpful course in identifying the best sources in a research. It compares quantitative and qualitative research, providing both strategies’ pros and cons.
2017/2018 Summer Term EDID6510 Learning and Knowledge Management Systems This course can be best paired up with EDID6508 in its introduction of the Learning Management System (LMS), an environment that can house the audio, video, and images that have been created for instruction. I have also learned to compare the LMS to a Content Management System (CMS) and a Learning Content Management System (LCMS). Design and organization methods are utilized to deliver knowledge via digital assets housed in a management system.
2018/2019 Semester I and II EDID6512 – Design Project The culmination of all that has been learned for the past few semesters is the most challenging and the most rewarding. I am using what I have learned in creating digital assets within the environment of an app prototype. It makes use of learning theories, research methods, needs assessments, and basically most of the concepts that I have learned through the almost-four years that I have been taking the MsC-IDT. 2018/2019 Summer Term EDID6511 Facilitating and Managing Learning (pending)