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Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Twenty-Two Required Courses

 

 

80 quarter credits

Core courses:

EDD8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose

This is the introductory course for learners pursuing doctoral, education specialists, and post-master’s certification within the School of Education. Learners in this course focus on critical thinking and scholarly writing—requisite skills for graduate study and professional practice. This course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. In keeping with Capella University’s focus on the scholar-practitioner model, learners also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7620 *
Theoretical Basis of Instructional Design

Learners in this course analyze fundamental and contemporary instructional design theories and models. Learners examine the learning theories and instructional design theories and models to apply the appropriate learning theory and instructional design theories and models to help solve instructional design problems. Finally, learners analyze techniques and strategies for collaborative skill development. Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803, ED7624.

4 quarter credits
ED7860
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7864 *
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8829 *
Research in Instructional Design and Development

This course builds upon previous research courses and encourages learners to begin the transformation from practitioner to scholar engaged with theory and research impacting instructional design and development in an e-learning environment. Learners explore the fundamental elements of research in instructional design and development, generate potential dissertation research topics relevant to the Instructional Design and Development specialization, and discuss their potential to contribute to the body of instructional design and development knowledge.  Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803, ED7620, ED7624, ED7860.

4 quarter credits

ED-R8925
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8930 instead. Should be taken concurrently with ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
ED-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8931 instead. Prerequisite(s): ED-R8925. Should be taken concurrently with ED7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
ED-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED-R8932 instead. Prerequisite(s): ED-R8926. Should be taken concurrently with ED7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

ED5802
Principles of Instructional Design

In this course, learners develop professional skills and competencies pertaining to instructional design process, theories, and strategies. Learners focus on the decisions that instructional designers make, the principles and concepts that drive those decisions, and the ways the decisions are interrelated. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED5803 *
Processes of Instructional Design

This course emphasizes the process of instructional design and provides learners the opportunity to apply design research and theory while developing instructional strategies. Learners examine the systematic process of addressing the needs of the student, structuring the content, and applying principles of learning and instruction to create effective instructional solutions. Prerequisite(s): ED5802. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7496 *
Advanced Instructional Design

This course focuses on practical applications of instructional design in various work settings. Learners explore and evaluate current and emerging instructional interventions and identify ways to apply these approaches in education and industry settings. Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803, ED7624, ED7620. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7504 *
Leadership for Instructional Design

Learners in this course study the leadership and management skills necessary for the effective design and delivery of web-based instruction. Learners develop multiple leadership approaches through a series of assignments that demonstrate competencies in collaborative team planning, decision making, problem solving, and change management. Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803, ED7624, ED7620. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7624 *
Theories of Learning and Instruction

Learners in this course explore various theories associated with learning and instruction. In particular, learners focus on the theories that help explain how and why people learn and the ways those theories inform and impact instructional design.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8810 *
Ethics and Social Responsibility in Distance Education

Learners in this course analyze legal and ethical issues related to course ownership, privacy, intellectual property, freedom of speech, and social responsibility. Through examination of ethical assumptions, attitudes, and values, learners develop a foundation for understanding and supporting distance education from a legal and ethical perspective.  Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803, ED7624. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8831 *
Theoretical Constructs for Evaluation and Assessment of Instructional Design

Learners in this course engage in an in-depth exploration of theories and principles of instructional design evaluation and assessment. Learners reflect on evaluation and assessment practices associated with individuals, organizations, and society to gain an understanding of the ways they inform overall evidence-based practice. Prerequisite(s): ED5802. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8841 *
Leading Instructional Design Initiatives

In this course, learners integrate the competencies of the Instructional Design for Online Learning specialization with the leadership, innovative thinking, and communication skills needed to lead instructional design initiatives within their organizations. Learners practice applying these skills and focus on extending their ability to advance the performance goals and vision of their organizations. Prerequisite(s): ED5802, ED5803. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework: 

EDCN9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using pointscale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED9919 instead. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Completion of external exam requirements, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for EDCN9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

EDCN9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. For 92-credit PhD in Education learners only. Learners in the 120-credit PhD in Education program should register for ED9960 instead. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): EDCN9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits each

 

 

Three Elective Courses

 

 

12 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

ED7088
Applying Research in an Academic Writing Process

In this course, learners develop and practice the writing and research skills exemplary of an academic scholar. Learners apply their skills in the academic writing process and write a paper that incorporates the necessary research elements.

4 quarter credits
ED7212
Administration and Leadership of Distance Education Programs

This course focuses on personal and program leadership topics related to leading distance learning programs and examining issues specific to distance learning transformations in the 21st century. Learners study issues related to personal leadership style, institutional vision and perspective on distance education, and current and emerging developments in areas related to distance education. Finally, learners analyze organizational issues and determine solutions for leading an organization’s distance learning program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7673
The Future of Corporate and Technical Training: Issues and Trends

In this course, learners study theories and methods of performance improvement consultation and explore the influences that shape corporate and technical training, including performance improvement methodologies, emerging technologies, and economic and cultural trends. Learners then use these theories, methods, and influences to create a strategic plan for an organization. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

 

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Choose any graduate course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

92 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella. edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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