ITM 600: PRINCIPLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
Overwhelmingly, corporations are interested in managers of learning and training with strong backgrounds in principles of instructional design, and they want their employees to be able to tie learning outcomes to productivity rates and product growth. This course will begin with instructional design’s background in developmental psychology and will cover several working instructional theories, such as the Dick and Carey, ISD,RPD, and the ADDIE models, as well as cognitive, social, behavioral, and constructivist learning theories as they apply.
ITM 605: THE ADULT AS LEARNER
This course focuses on adult learners as they exist in the workforce. Using a scholar practitioner approach, learners will design curriculum for adults and practice teaching techniques to engage adult learners. Tracing the history of adult developmental psychology, this course addresses the wide range of adult-learner audiences that an organization might have to provide training for, including top management, support personnel, and potential customers.
ITM 610: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This course entails standard Project Management (PM) concepts, principles, and practices for information technology (IT) and systems. It considers the various corporate organizational structures, politics, and external influences impacting effective PM for IT projects. It also covers systems development and product and PM life cycles, including the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The course incorporates exploration of project phases and processes and how they relate to the disciplines of PM°Xintegration, scope, time, cost, procurement, risk, human resources, quality, and communications. Students will analyze, evaluate, and select appropriate PM systems, tools, as well as methodologies from a project leaders point of view and develop an understanding of PM practices through selected project work.
ITM 615: WEB DESIGN, USABILITY, AND VISUAL LITERACY
This course is a survey course intended to provide learners with generalized knowledge of Web design, aspects of visual literacy, and usability as well as accessibility concerns. With more online learning opportunities, and customized learning built into Learning Management Systems, this course will provide learners with an understanding of usability principles to be able to communicate with Web designers and build their own pages. Knowledge of file structure and types, images, tables, and use of industry-standard software, such as Dreamweaver, will be covered. Learners will gain basic knowledge of HTML in order to develop learning programs online. This course will discuss how visual media is used to convey messages, both in print and online, and the differences inherent in them. Learners will finish the course with ample practice in production, selection, and use of visual imagery, associated software, and file types.
ITM 620: PROFESSIONAL MEDIA PRODUCTION
This course presents current audio and video practices and technologies used in corporate and institutional communications. Learners will implement these pre-production, production, and post-production practices in developing messages for corporate and institutional audiences. Learners will gain a general understanding of script-writing, lighting, audio, and editing tools used in media production to enable them to best communicate with professional videographers and audio technicians.
ITM 625: E-LEARNING IN A CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT
This course will have students thinking and acting like Chief Learning Officers (CLOs) by asking them to architect and manage a business’s e-learning strategy and enterprise systems. Selecting a company of their choosing, students will design an ideal-state enterprise learning function by analyzing that organization’s needs and resources; defining the enterprise learning vision, mission, and guiding principles; articulating that functional area’s deliverables, standards, and metrics; and laying out the organizational structure, core processes, and technology infrastructure. Through case-based learning, students will address a variety of models as well as strategic and tactical issues that CLOs need to manage as it relates to their e-learning capabilities—issues such as information security, buy vs. build, in-source vs. out-source, fair use, privacy, bandwidth, globalization, localization, data tracking, reporting, archiving, accessibility, usability, and utilization. Students will analyze and compare a variety of enterprise e-learning platforms, including authoring systems, learning management systems, evaluation systems, performance support tools, informal learning tools, and social media.
ITM 630: CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS AND CONSULTING
This course provides learners with the skills needed to effectively communicate with clients, including those of large and small corporations, working with global partners and widespread teams. Drawing on real-world case studies, students will learn how to do a comprehensive needs analysis for any potential client, the art of persuasion, and how to satisfy a client despite budget and methodology restrictions.
ITM 635: EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING PROGRAMS
Assessment and evaluation of curriculum, multimedia, and programs developed for learning are constantly tied to corporate performance outcomes and, ultimately, pay and profits. This course covers criterion-based formative and summative evaluations of learning products and curriculum. Learners will use real-life examples to create a job analysis or program by conducting focus groups, developing criterion-based instruments, analyzing the findings, and presenting suggestions for improvements. Learners compare and contrast many of the evaluation theories currently used in the workplace and develop a functional training and performance evaluation model of their own.
ITM 640: E-COLLABORATION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
This course provides an overview of electronic collaboration processes, design, issues, and applications. This course will consider the usage of electronic collaboration tools both for instructional design and as courseware. Students critique these different types of tools, which include electronic mail, intranets, portals, online communities, Web blogs, dashboards, conferencing, forums, meeting rooms, learning management, calendars, social media, workflow, and knowledge management.
ITM 645: TRAINING A GLOBAL WORKFORCE
This course focuses on the impact of globalization on training and development in multinational corporate and educational environments. Students explore cultures and how to use methodologies to research, assess, and adapt content to meet the needs of learners from around the world. Students also gain an understanding of the best practices used to create effective learning in various multicultural environments.
ITM 650/MBA 810: SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR LEADERSHIP
This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self- assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant’s management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires) and feedback from coworkers, faculty and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills he or she needs to develop and reports their efforts to develop those skills.
ITM 700: CAPSTONE
Students use the capstone to select a real-life, industry-specific instructional challenge. Then they execute the instructional design process, conduct a needs assessment, develop a strategic plan, design a prototype of the training, implement the training, and evaluate the results. They may work in collaboration with or intern at a specific company or organization to gain experience in the field.