At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
The Art and Science of Learning
This course provides an introduction to the various schools of thought regarding how people learn and apply their learning to concrete situations. It provides a comprehensive survey of our progressive understanding of the learning process. Students will explore developmental, behaviorist, cognitive, social, and adult learning theories as well as the research regarding the role of motivation and transfer of learning in novel domains.
Integrative Design and Evaluation
This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design will assist learners in understanding the similarities and differences in these fields of education. Learner will learn to develop learning objectives. Program evaluation techniques will be introduced.
Foundations & Models of Instructional Design
This course provides a foundation for the practice and evaluation of instructional design as well as an in-depth elaboration of standard instructional design models and associated methodologies. Course includes strategies for development of objectives, taxonomy classification schemes, content analysis procedures, and instructional strategy selection, as well as adaptation and adoption of available resources.
Instructional Media & Learning Environments
This course introduces students to foundational concepts and skills for personal and professional use of technology, including productivity software. This course explores instructional technology including definition and components of design and development. The use of technology in the classroom as well as distance learning is covered.
Designing for Computer Mediated Learning
The course examines the use of computer-mediated learning environments in classroom, lab and distributed learning contexts. Students will work on specific projects related to their field of practice, creating computer-based instructional materials reflecting problem definition, learner analysis, objectives specification, criterion tests, construction, strategies selection, formative validation, and evaluation. Attention is given to ethical and legal issues regarding the appropriate use of copyrighted material.
Online Learning: Design & Development
This course explores the organization, development, and delivery of distance learning programs. Additionally, this course explores course logistics, technology applications, and student management systems. Students will engage in discourse with instructors, peers, and other experts while creating Internet resources to be used in their own educational settings. By the end of the course, students will have an electronic portfolio of their work and be prepared to assume leadership roles within their specific contexts related to technology.