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This paper describes the initial development and continuous improvement of DAV 715: Human Factors in Aviation, an online post graduate course in the Ph.D. in Aviation program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), from the perspectives of the subject matter expert (SME)/course instructor and the instructional designer/course builder as well as with consideration of student feedback. The process was guided by the 3-Phase Design (3PD) model developed by Sims and Jones (2003). The first section of the paper presents a definition of instructional design and development and salient instructional design challenges. This section also includes descriptions of the Ph.D. in Aviation curriculum, the 3PD model, the adaptation of the 3PD model for use in the Ph.D. in Aviation program, and the DAV 715 course. The next section presents descriptions of the method, including student enrollment data, and the informal and formal data gathering instruments used to collect feedback on the learners’ experiences, followed by a discussion of the results and lessons learned. The paper concludes with a summary of the study’s findings and implications for future instructional design practices.

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International Journal of Online Graduate Education


Northcentral University