Online Master of Science Degree in Instructional Systems Degree with
a major in Open and Distance Learning (ODL)
INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Institutional
Membership(s): SOC THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ACADEMIC COMMON
PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's
Enrollment: 40 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and
Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Threaded Discussion Board,
Voice Subject: Education METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
- Students whose legal residence in the following states:
Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, upon admission may enroll
at in-state tuition rates. Students must be certified by your home
ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process
please contact your state
- The program is delivered primarily through
Supplemental delivery formats include internet
This course uses Blackboard
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- The field of Instructional Systems is concerned with the
improvement of educational and training programs through the
application of research and technology. Instructional Systems is a
relatively new area of specialization which draws upon the fields of
psychology, communications, and management in order to improve human
While materials development and the utilization of technology are
core skills in the curriculum, students in the Instructional Systems
program also study the theoretical basis for, and receive applied
training in, the total design, development, implementation, and
management of education and training programs. Skill areas range
from needs assessment and job analysis through system design and
evaluation. The use of computers in performance improvement receives
significant emphasis in the program.
Students who enter the master's program usually have little or no
previous training in Instructional Systems. They represent a wide
range of undergraduate majors including such areas as psychology,
sociology, and English, as well as art, music, and teacher
education. In the master's program, students learn the skills that
will prepare them to take positions in many types of organizations
including business, industry, government, and education.
ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
- To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to
certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may
experience, FSU provides online technical support.
To be successful in your online class, you must have:
Regular access to a computer
An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
An Internet browser
An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username,
password, and email account
For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide
to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning
@ FSU web site.
If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for
participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to
use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure
that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the
University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link
you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education.
The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently
enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee
can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online
courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could
include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes,
CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are
required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores
(FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course
instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered
online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the
course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at
1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online
(and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you
to resources for all other aspects of the university experience.
Visit the website for additional student resources information.
- Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have
access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential
students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your
education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as
soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University
Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850)
644-6404, Email firstname.lastname@example.org FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code:
001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit
the web site.
SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
- Master's Comprehensive Exam
There is no Master's Comprehensive Exam; a portfolio is submitted
the final term.
ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
- Notice of Intent
Students must register to graduate through the Office of the
Registrar in the first week of the term in which they will complete
all degree requirements. Final graduation clearance checks must be
requested in the term prior to the final term, both from the
Registrar's Office and the Academic Dean's Office. Commencement
ceremonies to confer degrees are held at the end of fall, spring,
and summer semesters. No one is allowed to participate in a ceremony
before completion of requirements. Students who do not graduate
after applying for the degree will be charged $5 to pay for printing
a new diploma. If you are interested in participating in the
graduation ceremony contact the Office of the Registrar (850)
644-5850 for more information.
Advisor Approval - The faculty advisor must complete the Graduation
Approval Form before a student can be listed for graduation.
SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
- When admitted, a student is assigned an advisor based on the
recommendation of the Instructional Systems program leader. The
program leader attempts to match the interests and background of the
student with those of the faculty member.
If your online course has been assigned a mentor, your mentor will
contact you via email just prior to the beginning of classes. You
most likely will have a different mentor for each online class. You
should ask your mentor course-specific or general questions whenever
you want more information or clarification.
Your mentor will support your progress through the course by:
Clarifying course content
Contacting you regularly about your progress and concerns
Mentors are carefully selected by the instructor, trained in student
support skills, supervised during the facilitation of the course,
and are evaluated at the end of each course. Mentors may be a
professional in the field, a community college faculty member, or an
advanced graduate student at FSU.
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- Six credit hours may be transfered for this program of study.
SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
- Non-Degree-Seeking Students (Special Students)
Students who meet individual course prerequisites and who wish to
enroll for professional development or personal enrichment may
participate in the program courses as Special Students. Admission as
a Special Student allows students to participate in courses on a
non-degree-seeking basis. To enroll as a Special Student, a Special
Student admission application and a departmental application must be
completed. Special Student applications must be accompanied by an
Application forms can be mailed by calling 1-877-FLSTATE (357-8283).
Admission and enrollment as a Special Student in no way guarantees
admission to degree-seeking status. However, upon admission to a
degree program, a maximum of fifteen hours of undergraduate course
work may be applied to a degree program upon approval of a student's
academic dean and as long as the student has received a grade of "C"
or better in each course.
SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
- There is no separate qualifying procedure for Master's Degree
students. Acceptance into the program constitutes qualification.