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    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 MARKET/ELECTRONIC CAMPUS

    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 state ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process please contact your state ACM Coordinator.
    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
    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

    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 performance.

    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.
    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.
    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 ofacs@admin.fsu.edu FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code: 001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit the web site.


    Master's Comprehensive Exam
    There is no Master's Comprehensive Exam; a portfolio is submitted the final term.
    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.

    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
    Giving feedback
    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.
    Six credit hours may be transfered for this program of study.
    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 fee.

    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.

    There is no separate qualifying procedure for Master's Degree students. Acceptance into the program constitutes qualification.


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