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Athabasca University

MEd (DE) Program Plan for Instructional Design Focus Area

Core requirements for all students:

MDDE 601 - Introduction to Distance Education and Training 3 credits
MDDE 602 - Research Methods in Distance Education 3 credits
MDDE 603 - Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory 3 credits
MDDE 604 - Instructional Design in Distance Education* 3 credits
MDDE 610 - Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications** 3 credits
Total core: 15 credits

Course-based route:

Electives - choose five courses from: MDDE 611 - Foundations of Adult Education 15 credits
MDDE 612 - Experiential Learning
MDDE 613 - Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
MDDE 617 - Program Evaluation in Distance Education
MDDE 618 - Instructional Project Management
MDDE 619 - Trends & Issues in Instructional Design
MDDE 622 - Openness in Education
MDDE 623 - Introduction to Mobile Learning
MDDE 690/1 - Independent Study
Students must have proposals approved by supervising faculty and Program Director
MDDE 694 - Capstone e-Portfolio Project 3 credits
Total: 33 credits

Thesis route:

MDDE 617 - Program Evaluation in Distance Education 3 credits
MDDE 617 - Program Evaluation in Distance Education OR MDDE 619 - Trends & Issues in Instructional Design 3 credits
MDDE 701 - Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
MDDE 702 - Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
MDDE 703 - Research Proposal Writing 3 credits
MDDE 704 - Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
Topic focusing on K-12 Blended and Online Learning
3 credits
Total: 33 credits

*Students have the choice between MDDE 604 and MDDE 605 to fulfill this core requirement. Recommended choice indicated.
**Students have the choice between MDDE 610 and MDDE 620 to fulfill this core requirement. Recommended choice indicated.

Updated August 24 2017 by CDE

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