Proposed Program of Study

Spring 2014   Fall 2014
EDUC 800: Ways of knowing

EDRS 810: Problems and methods in education research

  EDIT 705: Instructional Design

EDRS 811: Quantitative methods in educational research

EDRS 812: Qualitative methods in education research

Spring 2015   Fall 2015
EDIT 730: Advanced instructional technology

EDRS 590: Education research

EDRS 822: Advanced applications of qualitative methods

  EDIT 732: Analysis and Design of Technology-Based Learning Environments

EDIT 704: Instructional Design foundations and Learning Theories

EDIT 801: Nature and Process of Design

Spring 2016 (Portfolio One Review)   Fall 2016 (Portfolio Two Review)
EDIT 752: Design and Implementation of Technology-based Learning Environments

EDIT 803: Design Based Research

EDRS 620: Quantitative Inquiry in Education

  EDIT 802: Cognition and Technology: A multidisciplinary Approach

EDIT 891: Design Research Practicum (6 credits)

Spring 2017   Summer 2017 (Portfolio Three Review)
EDIT 895: Emerging Trends in Instructional Technology

EDIT 891: Design Research Practicum (3 credits)

EDRS 821: Advance Applications of Quantitative Methods

  EDUC 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal

Rational statement for my study plan

I hope to accomplish multiple goals through participating in my graduate program, and I am convinced the courses that comprise this study plan will guide me to success. These goals include conducting research in the design of mobile learning innovations and learning environments in developing countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia. In addition, I hope to lead the change in our education system, making it smarter and more innovative by investigating the best practices of the Internet of Things and smart devices. While the Learning Technologies Design Research program requires massive knowledge about different research methodology, my program provides me with a range of courses that expose me to various research approaches in order to develop my capacities as a researcher. For example, EDRS 590, EDRS 812, and EDRS 822 provide me with a well-rounded understanding of qualitative approach. In addition, I have included EDRS 610, EDRS 811, and EDRS 821 in my study plan because explaining some educational phenomena requires the collection and mathematical analysis of numerical data.

In addition to courses of research methods, my specialization in instructional system design (ISD) enhances my knowledge and skills to design effective and innovative learning solutions of performance and instructional problems. For instance, courses in ISD provide me with in-depth knowledge about learning theories, UX design and research methods, instructional system design, and design thinking, and they expose me to a range of epistemological and theoretical perspectives in the field of instructional system design.

Therefore, gaining comprehensive knowledge about educational research and instructional system design practices provides me with a solid knowledge base that I can translate into efficient research when studying design-based research courses as well as conducting my final dissertation.

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