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M.S. - Instructional Design & Learning Technology

Instructional Design Degree Online - Instructional Design Masters Degree Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

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 instructional design masters degree program 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.1

Design instructional interventions that meet learning needs

Franklin’s online instructional design (IDLT) 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 18 months

 Franklin’s instructional design masters degree 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 18 months, and you can get started right away because there’s no GRE requirement if you meet certain standards.


Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Faculty with industry expertise means you gain relevant knowledge to apply directly to your current or future career, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Franklin University’s IDLT Program was included among the “Best Buy” affordable online masters degrees by in 2012. The rankings were based on a survey of more than 350 online masters in education, teaching, instructional technology, education leadership, and special education programs across the United States.


1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Instructional Systems Design
    • Conduct systematic analyses to identify opportunities for individual and organizational learning improvement
    • Leverage learning theories and instructional design methodologies and to design, implement, and evaluate instructional solutions
    • Design instructional solutions to solve documented individual and organizational learning issues
    • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of instructional solutions
    • Use proven project management techniques to manage instructional design projects
    • Develop instructional design solutions that are consistent with accepted professional and ethical standards
    • Enhance learning and collaboration in instructional environments by integrating new and emerging technologies
  • Educational Technology
    • Use best-practice multimedia development methodologies and research-based instructional principles to develop instructional content.
    • Leverage online collaboration tools to enhance learner engagement.
    • Use design documents, such as storyboards, to manage the development of learning content that integrates text, images, animation, video and audio.
    • Develop interactive multimedia to meet individual and organizational learning needs.
    • Use varied strategies and technologies to design innovative educational solutions.
  • eLearning Development
    • Develop e-learning solutions that meet individual and organizational learning needs.
    • Design and develop quality online courses based on sound learning pedagogy and instructional design best practices.
    • Develop a range of e-learning solutions including text-based, interactive, simulation, and game-based.
    • Collaborate with subject experts to develop effective e-learning solutions.
    • Evaluate e-learning outcomes to ensure alignment with individual and organizational learning objectives.
    • Develop and implement high-quality e-learning solutions and courseware.
    • Design e-learning using established, research-based principles and methodologies.
    • Design, develop, and implement learning objects, such as quizzes, animations, and complex graphics.
    • Recommend tools and technologies to develop e-learning solutions.
    • Lead and advocate the effective uses of technology for the design and development of e-learning.
  • Content Development
    • Develop instructional content that enables learning.
    • Write scripts, scenarios, and other text-based documents to support interactive, simulation, and game-based instructional content.
    • Develop effective content structures and sequences to achieve required learning outcomes.
    • Create simulations and exercises, video scripts, storyboards, and online or computer-based training courses.
    • Develop creative course materials to be delivered through a variety of delivery formats.
    • Design instructional content that engages learners.
    • Research, design, and develop instructional content suitable for a variety of devices and platforms.
  • Performance Improvement
    • Establish goals and performance measures for evaluations
    • Conduct a gap analysis to identify performance issues
    • Identify performance barriers and key leverage points, working to ensure that proposed solutions and deployment methods result in positive outcomes
    • Recommend measurable, value-added solutions to achieve objectives and align results through improved performance
    • Leverage the expertise of stakeholders and integrate insights into the design of the instructional program
    • Identify the features, attributes and elements of performance interventions and the resources required to accomplish implementation.
    • Measure the results and evaluate the impact of performance improvement solutions.

Career Opportunities

  • Instructional Designer

    Instructional designers use learning theories and instructional design models to design learning content for diverse audiences.

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  • Training & Development Coordinator

    Training & Development Coordinators manage logistical and administrative tasks to ensure training programs run successfully.

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  • Performance Consultant

    Performance Consultants design and establish goal-setting strategies to improve the productivity and efficiency of personnel.

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  • Instructional Coordinator

    Instructional Coordinators are responsible for the development and implementation of instructional programs.

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  • Training Specialist

    Training Specialists are responsible for designing presentations, job manuals, and other materials to needed to train employees.

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  • Training Program Manager

    Training Program Managers are responsible for implementing training strategies within an organization or company.

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  • Curriculum Developer

    Curriculum Developers support instructors by incorporating technology that aligns with teaching strategies and effective learner engagement into the classroom and curricula.

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Employment Outlook

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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