Spring 2020 ITLS-6960-003 Syllabus

ITLS 6960 -- Creative Project

Course Information

3 Credits

Please contact your advisor for help during this self-study course. For MEd students that will be Sheri Haderlie, and for MA students that will be Kristy Bloxham.

Course Overview

This class is an  independent-study project class, offered at the Master's level:

This class is not lecture-based but rather provides a scaffolded set of preliminary and culminating assignments focused on your independent project proposal, development, and summary.  


There are no required textbooks for this class. 6960 students must familiarize themselves with the Creative Project Handbook as it serves as the foundation for this course. 

Students are also encouraged to consider:

Technical Requirements:

We will move very quickly through the initial portions to give you as much time as possible for your Project. Although there is some flexibility in pacing (e.g. you can work ahead) it is your responsibility to stay current with the class deadlines.


This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

The following is a short description of each assignment. Additional information for each assignment is available via a corresponding module and on the assignment/discussion pages. All assignments are submitted via public discussions.

A written assignment (graded P/F) is due every week for the first few weeks, as you describe and plan your project. Then there is time to work on the project and the final report is due on the last day of classes.

1. Project Goal, Problem Statement, Purpose, and Objectives, 2-4 pages

The project proposal includes a project description and problem statement. This defines the project you will complete and how it helps address a problem that you care about. This section can also include project purpose or objectives.

2. Theoretical Foundation(s) & Literature Review, 3-4 pages. 

You have a great deal of leeway in terms of how theoretical foundation is defined, but you must make a case for a particular instructional design or learning theory and why you feel it is particularly appropriate for the kinds of work you want to do in your project.

A literature review serves several purposes. First, it should provide the justification for your problem statement and purpose, and any additional details about why this is an important project. It should give a broad overview of the related research and, and appropriate, specific details and findings from major empirical research studies.

3. Procedures or Methods for designing or developing the project, 2-4 pages

You will provide a description of the activities you will be performing as well as an timeline of the major milestones:

5. Full Project Proposal, 8-13 pages. 

This document includes the previous sections (Introduction, Literature Review, Methods) with necessary revisions. Thus, the document includes the following sections:

5. Final Project Write-up, 4-7 pages.

The final project write-up will contain the following elements:

For 6960 students, refer to the guidelines provided in the Creative Project Handbook.   

Grading Scale and Late Submissions

Course Objectives (Aligned with the IDEA Course Evaluation System)

USU & Course Policies