May 12, 2022

Instructional Design Major Now Available for On-Campus Students

Asbury University offers a major called Instructional Design for online students and Adult Professional Studies, and after seeing its success with these students, the university has made it available to traditional undergraduates. .

Instructional design is the study of creating instructional tools that best help people learn. Dr Lisa Jones, program coordinator and professor of instructional design at Asbury, describes it as “the combination of science and design learning with computing [information technology]sometimes called educational technology.

“ID focuses on using long-standing design processes, such as the ADDIE process, to analyze and solve problems to solve a learning or training problem, then create effective learning experiences to fill the knowledge or skill gap,” Jones mentioned. ADDIE refers to the process used by instructional designers to create work and stands for analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate.

Asbury is offering three 8-week online courses for on-campus students this fall, taught by Lisa Jones, Amy Bessin and Heather Hornbeak. Intro to Instructional Design (ID199) and Design/Online Interactions (ID 325) run from August 19 to October 11. Foundations, Theory and Practice (ID 201) runs from October 14 to December 6.

In the Department of Media, Journalism, and Digital Storytelling, the major is 42 credit hours and courses are primarily online. Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA to take online courses and can only take two 8-week courses per semester.

The University of Asbury website states that the skills learned in ID can be adapted for teaching, training, web design and consulting. “An instructional designer will often work with educators or large organizations in need of training such as businesses, military, and nonprofits to create courses or training using 21st technology of the century,” Jones said.

Two undergraduates have already started the major this fall, and more have expressed interest. According to Jones, the adult professional studies program consistently has about 50 students in the ID major.

Jones is excited to expand the program. “As more students understand what instructional design is and how adaptable the degree is to careers, we believe that more students and incoming students will choose this career path,” a- she declared.

The national average salary for an instructional designer is $79,291 per year, according to ZipRecruiter. Entry-level salaries average $55,851 per year.

Jones noted that the field is constantly evolving with technology. As the trend of using technology for learning continues to grow, the career path in instructional design will grow accordingly.

“If students are intrigued by the idea of ​​helping others learn learning or training skills, enthusiastic about solving problems and thinking deeply about how we learn, enjoy being creative and interested in using the last 21st technology of the century, then an instructional design major might be a career choice they want to consider,” Jones said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a faster-than-average job growth rate of 11% over 10 years. Instructional designers rated their job satisfaction 4 out of 5 on Payscale.com.

“When our students immerse themselves in creating their own examples using technology, I’m so impressed with how they use today’s technology in more creative and inspiring ways,” Jones said. “Instructional design is never boring.”