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M.S. Instructional Design & Learning Technology

Innovate learning with a master’s in instructional design

Smart leaders know that talented employees help make the difference between success and failure. Savvy ones know something else: investing in immersive educational experiences is crucial to equipping their people and maximizing their potential. Franklin’s M.S. Instructional Design & Learning Technology (IDLT) degree program puts you at the forefront of this growing industry with an exciting career. With our program, you’ll learn how to analyze learning needs, design solutions and evaluate effectiveness.

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Program Overview

Analyze learning needs and design immersive educational experiences

When it comes to performance, successful companies know that skilled, knowledgeable people make the difference. That’s why more and more organizations invest in immersive educational experiences to develop and equip their talent.

At the forefront of this human resources revolution are those with an M.S.-Instructional Design & Learning Technology (IDLT) degree. Our transfer-friendly master's in Instructional Design enables students to take a holistic approach to education in a variety of settings. Students learn to analyze learning needs, design appropriate solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of these solutions. And, as it turns out, advancing learning and contributing to the professional development of others may advance your career as well. In fact, job opportunities in the instructional design field are projected to grow by 11 percent over the next decade.*

Design instructional interventions that meet learning needs

Franklin’s online instructional design master's degree program focuses on instructional design as a means to drive performance improvement. Instructional design focuses on the delivery of transformational training and education solutions to develop the skills and knowledge of workers.

In addition to using learning and instructional theory to ensure quality of instruction, our IDLT curriculum also integrates human performance improvement. Related coursework examines the specific causes leading to poor performance, and analyzes how to overcome them by studying how a person operates in a specific setting, which skills they need to be successful, and which strategies will help enable them to succeed.

Combined, these two areas will arm you to become a change agent that designs innovative learning and performance improvement strategies that close the gap on an organization’s most pressing performance problems.

Gain marketable skills in as few as 16 months

Franklin’s instructional design master's program curriculum is designed to industry standards, including ATD and ISPI, and teaches you skills highly sought after by employers in these areas: instructional systems design, educational technology, eLearning development, content development, and performance improvement. As a result, you’ll be well prepared to enter or advance your career as an instructional designer, trainer or educator.

Plus, you’ll assemble and present a portfolio of work, so you’ll be ready to share actual samples of instructional materials you’ve designed with potential employers. And you will gain hands-on experience with industry software and leverage emerging technologies to design instruction, including e-learning.

Franklin University’s masters in instructional design can be completed in as few as 16 months, and you can get started right away because there’s no GRE requirement if you meet certain standards.

*Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

32 Semester Hours
Core Courses (32 hours)
IDPT 600 - Principles of Learning Theory (4)
In this gateway course, students will begin the process of understanding what it means to be a graduate student at Franklin University. This includes tangibles such as scholarly research and academic writing, as well as intangibles such as critical thinking and attitude. Students will employ various strategies as they develop a thorough understanding of selected learning theories and philosophies. They will then apply these theories and strategies to create a learning event.
IDPT 610 - Principles of Instructional Design (4)
In this course, students will study instructional systems theory, systematic approaches to instructional design, and the contemporary practice of instructional design in a variety of settings, including business, industry, government, and classroom education.
IDPT 620 - Principles of Human Performance Technology (4)
In this course, students will learn a framework for understanding human performance by working with scenarios and case studies to analyze performance problems, determine the level and type of intervention required, and make recommendations for a suite of solutions that will achieve the desired impacts. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
IDPT 640 - Enhancing Learning With Technology (4)
In this course, students will apply design principles to create a learning event that includes the use of new and emerging technologies. Students will research collaboration and networking tools for their use and value in learning environments. Delivery platforms and software will also be explored for their impact on instructional strategies. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.
IDPT 645 - Learning Management Systems (4)
In this course, students will study the practices employed to manage and deliver instructional content in an online environment. Students will interact with a functional Learning Management System (LMS) to manage the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of reusable learning content.
IDPT 650 - Evaluation (4)
This course presents fundamental principles and practices for evaluating courses and programs, with a focus on formative and summative evaluation and criterion-referenced testing. Students will explore evaluation models and theories, create a learner satisfaction survey, create criterion-referenced tests, create grading rubrics, and work with a data set to interpret data and make recommendations to improve a course or unit of instruction. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.
IDPT 660 - Advanced Instructional Design & Performance Technology (4)
In this course, students will work in small teams to solve instructional or performance problems of substantial scope and complexity. Students will apply design theory and research as they make decisions to resolve systematically identified problems. This course will require the application of project management skills, analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation learned throughout the preceding courses. Projects completed in this course will become part of the student's portfolio.
IDPT 670 - Capstone (4)
The Capstone experience provides students with the opportunity to receive academic credit for experience in an authentic work environment, which may be either external or internal to the University depending on the student's preference. The Capstone involves a partnership among the student, the faculty member, and an approved project sponsor. The faculty member and the project sponsor will evaluate project deliverables according to the achievement of milestones and the submission of materials identified in a Learning Contract. The Learning Contract must specify a relatively comprehensive experience that can be completed within the time frame of the 12-week course. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.

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Employment Outlook


From 2015-2025 jobs in Instructional Design and Learning Technology are expected to increase by 11%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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