This Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET) degree is oriented toward teachers, professional trainers, instructional designers, and distance education specialists. The program enables graduates to effectively apply instructional design principles and procedures, current and emerging technologies, and best practices, and relevant research in varied educational and training settings. Students acquire applied skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- applying current computing applications and Internet resources useful in diverse learning environments;
- conducting project-based learning and associated learning events;
- applying learning theories and instructional strategies appropriate for given categories of human capabilities;
- using instructional design theory, models, principles, and processes;
- designing and developing instructional materials in a variety of technology-based formats;
- designing and developing instructional hypermedia;
- developing on-line instruction.
All students must successfully complete IDET 5397, Instructional Design and Educational Technology Practicum, prior to graduation. Elective courses may not be taken. However, students who have earned appropriate graduate credit hours from a duly accredited college or university may be allowed to transfer a maximum of nine previous semester of graduate-level credit hours based upon approval by an assigned faculty advisor. Transferred courses may not be more than seven years old on the day of the student’s graduation.
Students in this program experience local and global collaboration through project-based learning with meaningful community service learning outcomes. Some of these Lives in Context cross-course collaborative team projects are ongoing while others are generated from emergent learning and service needs assessments. Lives in Context projects engage students in learning through the purposive serving of targeted learning audiences and communities in local and global collaborative service sites.
Student Learning Outcomes
Major student learning outcomes for the program are as follows:
- apply and document skills and knowledge as educational technologists in order to solve appropriate real world instructional problems.
- develop an original plan and instructional materials for integrating educational technologies in an overall instructional strategy.
- demonstrate knowledge of the field.
Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Instructional Design and Educational Technology if they meet COE graduate admission requirements as specified in the COE’s Graduate Policies and Regulations section of this catalog.