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PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning (Online)

Program Type

Program Type: PhD

School / Institute

School of Education and Technology

Study Mode

Online + Full Time and Part Time

Overview

Because it is offered, and uniquely so, by an intergovernmental organization with 10 years of proven expertise in online learning, the EUCLID online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning takes up the challenge of offering a comprehensive doctoral program at the junction of three specialized fields of knowledge and application: (1) open learning in all organizations (2) online education in a university context, and (3) cross-disciplinary challenges of pedagogy, andragogy and information technologies.

The EUCLID DIDOL (internal code for our online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning) is a distance-delivered, non-resident degree program offered by EUCLID (Euclid University), an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a global university mandate.

Its goal is to prepare both our government-sponsored officials and general-public graduate-level professionals for high-level positions in the vast realm of international technology-enhanced education. Positions are typically obtained with higher education institutions, relevant government bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as multinational corporations and global legal educational organizations.

Academic Presentation

The DIDOL offers an in-depth examination of the vast fields of Instructional Design and Online Learning, including instructional design, Learning Management System (LMS), eLearning, technology-enhanced learning, Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) quality, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses, ODeL learner support, and publication of a doctoral dissertation which will establish the candidate as a subject-matter expert in a specialized topic of relevance.

This program focuses on the mastery of relevant areas of ODeL, with an initial focus on instructional design and a systematic study of concrete applications of ODeL. Rather than focusing on one area in particular, the EUCLID MDOL provides a broad and deep overview of the most indispensable ODeL elements.

The degree was primarily designed to train higher education institutions and government staff already working in the field of technology-enhanced learning as well as other educators and professionals seeking to expand their expertise to ODeL. It is also suitable to prepare other professionals and outstanding students for careers with governmental bodies, NGOs, multinational corporations and international organizations such as the European Union, the Commonwealth of Learning, UNESCO, etc…

Requirements

Applicants should have a relevant Master’s degree issued by an institution listed in the UNESCO-IAU handbook/database or otherwise duly recognized/accredited. Similar or related backgrounds with adequate professional experience may be considered for Government-sponsored applicants (who are already government staff) who may be admitted without the required educational credential if their level of education and experience is deemed sufficient. EUCLID may require these participants to complete bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required and will be tested. Students are expected to be in a position to dedicate 10 to 15 effective hours of study on a weekly basis.

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Program Outline

PRIMARY COURSES
Code
Course Name
USCH

International Academic Writing (Doctorate)

2

Argumentation and Critical Thinking

2

Instructional Design for E-Learning

3

Curriculum Development in ODL

3

E-learning tools

3

Learning Through Technology (Primary and Secondary Education)

3

LMS Platforms

3

Quality Assurance in ODL

3

Doctoral Thesis

25
Total Credit Hours (USCH):
45-55

Employment Outlook

This specialized EUCLID program provides outstanding professional and academic preparation to its students for a successful career not only in institutions of higher learning but also e-learning institutions and global organizations.Our alumni have been successful in securing employment and promotions in government service and international organizations.

Why Study @ EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

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