In order to become a successful instructional designer and or instructional/educational technologist you need to: gain experience to understand the profession and what future jobs may be available for you, explore what role you may be taking in the field, and design instructional products.

To support you in gaining these experiences the activities and assignments in this course will help you to:
  • Understand the broad scope of the field;
  • Engage in thoughtful analysis and synthesis of how to  contribute to the field while developing a professional agenda;
  • Understand the nature of the jobs that are available after degree completion;
  • Start developing a professional portfolio for Master's students; and
  • Start developing a research agenda for Doctoral students.
The readings and assignments have been designed to provide you with experiences that assist you to become a successful instructional designer/instructional technologist/educational technologist.

1. Class Participation
General Participation 100 pts
Read assigned articles/book chapters
Please be prepared for each class session by completing readings on days that they are due with relevant questions for class, and by being a productive participant in course discussions. You need to share your understandings about the readings, new ideas, and discoveries about instructional/educational technology through collegial, effective, and professional discussion in both synchronous and asynchronous activities. When you read each work make sure that you take note of interesting ideas you would like to explore through discussion with other participants. If there are ideas that are unclear to you, please make note of those and do not hesitate to bring them up in asynchronous forums and the synchronous class sessions.

Engage in Weekly Activities 100 pts
As a graduate student you need to take an active role in your own learning and helping others develop their understanding of instructional/educational technology. You have a responsibility to yourself and others to show your contribution by putting a genuine effort every week in course related activities. Participation points will be deducted if you do not show that you are engaged in class.

2. Definition Concept Map and Professional Statement 150 pts |Guide and Rubric|
The goal of this assignment is for you to explore what the field of instructional/educational technology is about. In order to meet this goal you need to (a) demonstrate an understanding of the definition of the field in a concept map format, (b) identify competencies that you aspire to master as a member of the instructional/educational technology profession, and (c) identify how you will continue your professional development in specific competency areas that you currently have not mastered. Additionally, it is very important that at this point in your graduate career you develop a professional voice that is reflected in your writing style. Therefore, you will be assessed on your proficiency for following APA style and your overall professional voice reflected in your paper.

Free Concept Mapping Tools to Explore and Use

Commercial Products

3. Interview a Professional in the Field 150 pts |See Guide and Rubric|
You are responsible for conducting an interview with a professional in the field. The individual can be an instructional designer, educational technologists, instructional technologist, technology support administrator, university faculty, and university support staff who is dedicated to faculty training. You are encouraged to find individuals to interview at your current place of work or any other settings, but the instructor will provide you with a list of individuals who have agreed to be contacted for a potential interview if you have trouble finding a volunteer respondent. When you have identified who you plan to interview please inform the instructor and obtain permission to proceed.

During the interview you will ask questions that will help you understand your respondent's experiences in the profession, gain a further understanding about the field in general, and understand what types of jobs you can anticipate to find in the field. This assignment requires the cooperation of a third party individual who you can anticipate has a very busy work schedule. Please think about how you present yourself in a professional manner and be respectful of your respondent's time. If there are situations that your respondent needs to reschedule the agreed interview time and will impact your ability to submit your work on time please contact the instructor. After the interview is completed, you are required share a draft of the written report to all participants of this course, then submit a final version of the report to the instructor. All participants will read the shared draft and engage in further insights about the field and future jobs, as well as provide constructive comments for individual participants to write the final report.

Please note that in your report you need to refer to the respondent with a pseudonym, and do not reveal his/her true name.

4. Usability Testing of a Web Authoring Tool 300 pts
|See Guide and Rubric| |Peer Evaluation Form|
You will work in a team of 3 or 4 members to complete a usability testing of a web authoring tool that will help you decide which tool you will use for your web-based portfolio project. The goal of this assignment is for you to gain experience working in a collaborative online team, help you make progress with the portfolio assignment, and gain initial experience with usability testing. Doctoral students are required to complete this assignment as well to gain experience in usability testing. This assignment requires the collaborative team to prepare a team report, for each member to prepare an individual reflection paper, and each member to submit a peer evaluation of his/her team members including him/herself.

5a. *Master's Professional Portfolio Prototype and Showcase 200 pts |Guide and Rubric|
You are responsible for starting a professional web-based portfolio. You will use a web authoring tool of your choice and create the basic design components of an electronic portfolio following the MS IT Portfolio Requirements. You must provide the following artifacts and rationale for this assignment as part of your portfolio sections:
  1. Current Resume;
  2. Program of Study;
  3. Professional Statement that reflects your understanding of the field, what role you plan to take in it, and your professional goals;
  4. One section of the portfolio following the guidelines for introducing your competencies, description of an artifact, and your rationale for including the artifact in your portfolio. If at this time you do not have an artifact from this program that is fine, please select an artifact from your past. By the least, you will be able to enter the Usability Testing of a Web Authoring Tool from this class in the Assessment and Evaluation section of the portfolio.
You also need to engage in an evaluation of your portfolio with assigned peers and make modifications as necessary based on your results.

After the evaluation submit a reflection paper that addresses

  1. What you learned about yourself as a professional by developing your portfolio?
  2. What usability changes you made after the evaluation? and
  3. What went well and/or what did not go well in your prototype?
Finally, you will showcase your portfolio to the class with evaluation results.

Free Web Editing Tools

HTML and CSS References and Resources

Recommended HTML and CSS Book

  • Lloyd, I. (2011). Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS (Third ed.). SitePoint.

Recommended Web Design Books

  • Beaird, J. (2010). The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition (Second ed.). SitePoint.
  • Weinschenk, S. (2011). 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (1st ed.). New Riders Press.

Organizations Related to Development of HTML and CSS

5b. *Doctoral Literature Review and Presentation 200 pts |Guide and Rubric|
You will develop a literature review that discusses a topic of your interest within instructional/educational technology. You will build a convincing argument that your topic is relevant to instructional/educational technology. In your discussions you need to articulate the theoretical/practical value of your topic and the importance of your topic. Make sure you use primary source literature including peer-reviewed work as a source of reference. This paper is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the field and your topic of interest.

The following sections should be included in your literature review:
  • Title Page
  • Introduction that provide a clear overview including the purpose
  • Topic discussions:
    • Discussion of your topic based on the literature
    • Relevance to instructional/educational technology based on the literature
  • Significance of your topic in instructional/educational technology
  • References
  • Appendix (optional)

Your literature review should not exceed 2500 words double-spaced using 1-inch margins 12-point Times New Roman font excluding title page and references following APA style guide 6th edition. If you exceed the required word count your work will not be read past that point. On the title page please include the exact word count of your document excluding the title page and reference.

Finally, you will be presenting your literature review to other members of the class.

Assignments, Alignment to Course Objectives, Format, and Total Possible Points
Assignments Alignment to Objectives
1. Class Participation Objectives 1, 2, 3, 6
2. Definition Concept Map and Professional Statement
Objectives 1, 2, 3, 6
3. Interview a Professional
Objectives 1, 2, 3, 6
4. Usability Testing of a Web Authoring Tool
Objectives 4, 5
Collaborative Group
5a. *Professional Portfolio Prototype and Showcase
Objectives 4, 5
Individual 200
5b. *Doctoral Literature Review and Presentation
Objective 6
Individual 200

Total Possible 1000

Assignment of Final Grade

Grades are updated regularly in Blackboard. Final grades will be given according to the UT grading scale:
F=599 and below

A Note Regarding Letter Grades
Completing all assignments and meeting the minimum expectations of the course constitutes “B” work; truly outstanding/superior work constitutes “A” work; and failing to meet the minimum expectations will result in a grade of “C” or lower. Spending a lot of time on course requirements (or having a history of being an “A” student) may not, in and of itself, necessarily result in an “A” grade.

A= Superior performance, B+= Better than satisfactory performance, B=Satisfactory performance, C+=Less than satisfactory performance, C= Performance well below the standard expected of graduate students., D=Clearly unsatisfactory performance and cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements, F=Extremely unsatisfactory performance and cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements

Last Updated September 10, 2012