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M.S.Ed. in Adult Education and Human Resource Development

(May 2016): James Madison University, Master's of Science in Adult Education and Human Resources Develoment, Concentration in Instructional Design

The Adult Education/Human Resource Development Master's Program at James Madison University is part of the Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education department. The program was created based on the American Society for Training and Development Compentency Model (ASTD Model) and focused on theoretical background and practical experience. The program requires to completion the core courseworks and Oral and Written Comprehensive Exams, completion of Thesis paper or Reading and Research paper and creation of an professional online portfolio.


Required core courses include:

  • Research Methods & Inquiry in Education

  • Learning Theories and Instructional Models

  • Foundations of Human Resource Development

  • Performance Analysis & Needs Assessment

  • Principles of instructional Design

  • Program Evaluation & Measurement

  • Design & Development of Digital Media

  • Leadership & Facilitation

My Academic Work

The Adult Education/ Human Resource Development program has a unique curriculum. Please browse the below projects that I completed as graduated assignments. The sample projects are from the required core courses in AHRD program. The purpose of these projects are to demonstrate our necessary skills and capabilities from the core courses. The headlines below will lead you to these courses, the sample project files and their descriptions. Please click on the button to see the project files.

Design & Development of Digital Media

In this project, I designed an Instructional Handout that teaches how to create an object using visual methodology. I used screenshots, appropriate fonts, margins and colors. The handout can be used as a teaching tool or visual instructions for students or employees.

Adobe Photoshop program was used to create a letter form image.

I chose the letter “S” and created combination of “S” in different shapes.

In this project, I designed an Interactive learning object using Microsoft PowerPoint. My project is named “World Map”. I have added pictures of all continents, information about each continents and a video. Each slide relates to each other with non-linear movements. The main purpose of this project is to show the capability of an interactive method of teaching.

In this project, I designed an educational poster using Adobe Photoshop.  My poster is named “Safely Cooking on a Gas Stove”. The poster follows Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity designing steps.  The poster can be used as an educational message for students. I used various effects such as filter and graphical edited tool.

In this project, I used Mozilla Popcorn web-video creation. I added Pop up, google map and title card to the video. The main purpose of this project was to show the capability of a web video method of teaching.



I designed an educational video by using Microsoft Movie Maker.

It demonstrates how to create a calendar on google. I added images, music, video and screencast and explained steps to imported video. The video can be used as a visual instructions for students or employees.




In this project, I used Adobe Photoshop program to apply some graphical effects to an original picture taken in Spain, 2012.

I used various effects such as filtering and graphical editing tools to improve the picture quality.

In this project, I designed a podcast by using Audacity. My podcast is named “Changing Gmail Password”. The podcast contains 60 seconds of audio that teaches how to change the Gmail password. I used music as an intro and outro as well.

Changing Gmail Password - Sevinj Iskandarova
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I designed an interactive learning video using Adobe Captivate. My project is titled “How to export contacts from LinkedIn”, contains interactive learning steps such as quiz, screencast video, and multiple questions. The project can be used as a visual instruction for employees.




Principles of Instructional Design

The course introduced instructional and learning theories through analyzing content I learned base case studies, interviewing Instructional Design experts, and designing, developing and implementing the prototype for a client. In this course, got familiar with numerous methodologies and models for the construction of training and training materials. The most important part of this course was, being asked to design, develop and implement a project for the client in a group (we were 4 students in the group). We determined the needs of target the audience, developed a prototype for the client’s project. As a final step, we presented our prototype and final design report for the client.

Interview with Maria Ordonez, Instructional Design Specialist in Halliburton Company, USA. Interview Date: 02/01/2015



For our proposed instructional design project we worked with faculty of James Madison University.  The aforementioned faculty wanted us to create a stand-alone “Diversity in HRD” course (HRD 470) for undergraduate and graduate students in JMU’s learning management system, Canvas. The need was to create a course tailored to JMU students studying abroad, in which the students gain a global lens to view HRD. Necessary skills and the understanding needed to work in adult education and human resource development internationally will be interwoven in the course. 



Redesigned HRD 470 course final presentation for the client. The course has been created for undergraduate and graduate students at James Madison University. This course was taught during the Maymester session of 2015 in Salamanca, Spain.


        Leadership and Facilitation

The visual resume represents my  understanding of leadership and visually summarize my capabilities. I used Canva for this project.



"Second Home is a before and after school program that's held at Muhlenburg Lutheran Church.  This program serves  over 95 disadvantages students and their parents".  As a group, we were responsible for providing training for the teaching staff. We designed the training and facilitation for approximately 10people and met with them 2 times in a moth. Based on the feedback received, our training was very useful for the teaching staff.

Program Evaluation and Measurement in AHRD

Kirkpatrick’s Techniques for Evaluating Training Programs


The purposes of this paper were to write a summary of my understanding of Kirkpatrick’s model. Secondly, I summarized additional articles as they critique Kirkpatrick’s model. Finally, I reflected on each level of the model from, and my personal observations, incorporating my questions to the authors and readers of these papers seeking further explanations and deeper understandings.





ROI Net Community of Practice Evaluation Online Blogging Assignment


I posted one of the challenging situation to members of the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Official Group’s discussion board on Linkedin. After posting I received very useful feedback and comments by experts who were writing from their vast experiences. The purpose of this assignment was to coorporate with world expertise through online and improve virtual community of practise.


Group Curriculum Design, Development and Delivery Project Evaluation Part


This project was divided into 5 main topics. They were 1) Stakeholder Evaluation, 2) Transfer of Training, 3) How to Analyze Data Using Descriptive Statistics, 4) Qualitative Data and 5) Evaluation Reports.

Our group was presenting a Transfer of Training topic through blended learning strategy.  The evaluation part of the training. It has developed on Adobe Presenter and covers pre-test & post-test part.




Evaluation of three non-profit organization document report


Within our team of three, we selected three according to this criteria, and each evaluated one our top pick that we were most passionate about, leaving our final selection of the top organization to our final analysis. Our information is presented, with three sections for each organization, followed by an analysis of our pick for the top philanthropic organization.



Evaluation of three non-profit organization presentation


While each team member was passionate about her belief in her chosen organization, substantial differences in efficiency and effectiveness became obvious as we compared data. Clarity of vision and mission, lived core values with on-going evaluative measures, thriving development, strong ROI, along with effective and efficient administration yielded impressive results in the World Pediatric Project’s brief history. While we believe all three organizations are effectively serving their missions, we support the World Pediatric Project as the most efficient in operations; therefore, we chose it as our top philanthropic organization.


Group Curriculum Design, Development and Delivery Project


The purpose of this assignment was to explore the distinction between the evaluation of learning and transfer, the components involved in transfer and theories of transfer and measurement.


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