The Ed.S. Project in Instructional Technology focuses on the development and validation
of a program or product (such as an instructional website or e-learning module). The
purpose of the project is to allow students to apply knowledge and skills gained in
the program to the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of an instructional
project. The documentation of the project is presented via the ADDIE Model.
It is strongly recommended that students prepare a concept paper (2-3 pages) that can serve as an early communication device between the student and the Ed.S. committee. This can be prepared near the end of the students' coursework (often while enrolled in EME 7910 Independent Study).
Upon consultation with the major professor, the student formulates and develops the basic concepts of the project. Typically, the concept paper presents an overview of an identified problem, its context, and how the student proposes to design, develop and evaluate the project.
The Project should be outlined in a way that is consistent with an ISD model, such as ADDIE. In other words, Section 1 would focus on the Analysis of the project. This is a sample outline that could be used as a reference.
Section 1: Analysis
- Needs analysis -- present a problem in human performance that is solvable by instruction
- Justify that the problem fits the domain of instructional solutions
- Relate the project to similar programs or projects
- Target audience analysis -- identify the population and its characteristics
- Specify the goals and learning objectives of the project
- If appropriate, identify the source of failure of past instructional interventions
- Technical analysis (hardware, software, bandwidth requirements, etc.)
- Estimated cost and timeline of the project
Section 2: Design
- Provide extensive background on relevant instructional design strategies or models
- Provide extensive background on the theoretical basis and relevant pedagogical approaches
- Specify the recommended instructional strategy (and rationale)
- Outline the screen design that will be implemented
- Specify the types of interactions and feedback that will be included
Section 3: Development
- Provide a style guide and list of conventions
- Outline the production strategy and timeline
- Include personnel requirements
- List hardware and software requirements (developmental and delivery)
- Document the selection, rationale, and development of media elements
- Delineate sequence of project milestones (with Gantt charts, etc.)
Section 4: Implementation and Evaluation
- Conduct and document formative evaluations
- Review of content
- Technical review and de-bugging
- Instructional review of strategies
- Validate the course through summative evaluation
- Achievement of instructional objectives
- Assessment of learner attitudes and motivation
- List revisions required and/or implemented
- Provide maintenance plans and requirements
Students will be expected to make a presentation and defend their Project.
The following rubrics are used to assess the Ed.S. project and supporting documentation.