Instructional Design and Technology

http://lshd.wvu.edu/idt

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

The online Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology Program is designed for the individual who wants to apply cutting edge instructional technologies and design strategies in business, education, and other educational settings.  The Learning Goals for the program are to advance knowledge and critical thinking relative to instructional design and instructional technologies. Features of the program include courses in educational psychology, instructional design and technology, and program evaluation.

The Instructional Design and Technology Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program is designed to allow a graduate to immediately apply knowledge and skills to pragmatic needs in any educational setting, particularly for those interested in teaching and conducting research in a university environment. The Learning Goals for the program are to enhance knowledge and skill-building that are designed into the courses and address three areas of competency, including inter-connectivity, instructional design, and software-multimedia design. Students are encouraged to address research toward the pragmatic needs of students, programs, and institutions. IDT knowledge and skills are developed within courses, practicums, and independent studies as jointly determined by student and advisor. Student interests and career plans are discussed upon enrollment in the program and students are advised to be prepared to identify these in their application and throughout the program.

Students are encouraged to identify topics of interest and to develop an appropriate topic for inquiry as they take courses. Research in instructional technology is addressed throughout the courses and supplements the college research core requirements. The program features seminar courses that provide opportunities to conduct research and develop instructional interventions, including technological integration of tools. Teaching opportunities may be found working with faculty members, the college’s Teaching and Learning Technologies Center (TLTC), and internships in corporate settings in the Morgantown / Fairmont area.

Admissions Requirements - Master's

  • IDT MA Admission requirement

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • Cover letter describing past work experience and goals for graduate study
  • Transcript(s) of completed undergraduate program
  • Resume or Vitae
  • GRE or GMAT scores OR a narrative describing two years of professional work experience (individuals with 2+ years work experience can ask to have the testing requirement waived)
  • Three letters of reference commenting on professional background and plans for graduate study
  • International students: submit scores from either TOEFL or IELTS

Admissions Requirements - Doctorate- Ed.D

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Master's Degree
  • Total GRE scores of 302 (on the verbal and quantitative combined) or MAT score of 418-423
  • International students: TOEFL score of at least 79-80 Internet Based/213 Computer Based/550 Paper Based and a combined total score of at least 214 on the GRE verbal and the TOEFL Internet Based scores
  • Letter of application explaining purpose, motivation, and research interests for an IDT Ed.D. degree
  • Three letters of references
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • Curriculum Vita

Please note that the Instructional Design and Technology program does not grant conditional or provisional admissions into the degree. Further the program faculty will not review incomplete or missing admissions material.

Admissions materials for the Instructional Design and Technology  master and  doctoral program should be uploaded to the online application. For answers to questions about the application materials contact:

Dana Musick (dmusick2@mail.wvu.edu) c/o The Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development, West Virginia University, PO Box 6122, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6122

Master of Arts

Major Requirements

EDP 612Introduction to Research3
EDP 617Program Evaluation3
EDP 640Instructional Design3
IDT 600Instructional Design and Technology Theories and Models3
IDT 610Distance Education3
Competency Courses15
Social Network Media
Instructional Delivery System
Visual Literacy
Multimedia Learning
Instructional Design and Technology Authoring Systems
Digital Tools and Web
Special Topics
Instructional Systems Design
Technology Integration
Design Studio
Prototype Studio
Total Hours30

 Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
IDT 6103IDT 6003EDP 6123
EDP 6403IDT 6603IDT 6303
 6 6 6
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours 
IDT 6203EDP 6173 
IDT 6503IDT 7353 
 6 6
Total credit hours: 30
  • A portfolio stores major work products from courses.
  • Any IDT courses at the 600-level may be substituted with advisor approval.  

Doctor of Education

Major Requirements

Common Core (12 hr)
EDP 700Psychological Foundations of Learning3
EDP 740Principles of Instruction3
IDT 799Graduate Colloquium6
College Research Core (15 hr)
EDP 612Introduction to Research3
EDP 613Statistical Methods 13
EDP 614Statistical Methods 23
SCFD 615Qualitative Research Methods3
Research Elective3
Competency Areas (27 hr)
Interconnectivity
IDT 620Social Network Media3
IDT 630Instructional Delivery System3
IDT 715School Networks3
Instructional Design
EDP 640Instructional Design3
IDT 720Instructional Systems Design3
IDT 740Design Studio3
Software and Multimedia
IDT 640Visual Literacy3
IDT 660Instructional Design and Technology Authoring Systems3
IDT 750Prototype Studio3
Specialization Electives (18 hr)18
Other IDT courses
Courses from Master's program
Courses from other programs
Total Hours72

Major Learning Goals

instructional design and technology

Major features of the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program include course preparation in educational psychology, instructional design, multimedia, and research methods. Three areas of competencies are featured: networks, instructional design and development, and use of software and multimedia.

The IDT program is designed to address the following learning goals:

  • Understand the context for technology use, history of the field, theoretical foundations, trends and issues, and ethical uses of technology in educational settings.
  • Develop an awareness of current IT tools and practices.
  • Apply learning principles to instruction.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate the use of technology and media in instruction and to support learning.
  • Conduct research on the design, use, and evaluation of technology, teaching, and educational programs.

Courses

IDT 600. Instructional Design and Technology Theories and Models. 3 Hours.

Introduces students to the knowledge base of instructional design and technology.

IDT 610. Distance Education. 3 Hours.

This course addresses the nature of technical communication systems in distance education, their configuration and behavior, and the organizational factors associated with their development, acquisition, use, evaluation, and maintenance.

IDT 620. Social Network Media. 3 Hours.

This course will address the fundamental mechanics of using computers to access information networks for application in elementary, secondary, and higher education classroom instruction, as well as other education/business teaching/learning environment.

IDT 630. Instructional Delivery System. 3 Hours.

Emphasis on the four elements of content development: presenting, engagement, integration and assessment using open source systems.

IDT 640. Visual Literacy. 3 Hours.

Introduce students to knowledge of how humans use visual and nonverbal communication, and how visuals can be used in educational settings.

IDT 650. Multimedia Learning. 3 Hours.

Understand the use and design of multimedia materials in educational settings.

IDT 655. Technology for Teachers. 3 Hours.

The course provides students with experiences to consider and make informed decisions regarding various emerging technologies for instructional purposes. As an in-service teacher, a preservice teacher, or a current or future technology integration specialist, students will have the opportunity to explore and discuss various emerging educational technologies, and design and reflect on learning activities incorporating such technologies.

IDT 660. Instructional Design and Technology Authoring Systems. 3 Hours.

Design and development of online instruction through the use of current authoring systems.

IDT 665. Game & Simulation Design for Instruction. 3 Hours.

This is a hands-on course about designing digital games for instruction. In this course the student will learn the theories and the instructional design strategies appropriate for making and using digital games in the classroom. The student will learn how to develop rules that constrain, create a playable learning environment, and how to situate the game in an instructional context.

IDT 670. Digital Tools and Web. 3 Hours.

Review, use and discussion of existing emerging web-based tools, and incorporate these tools in their instructional development.

IDT 685. Practicum. 1-12 Hours.

IDT 691A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

IDT 693A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

IDT 698. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision during the writing of student reports (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal.

IDT 715. School Networks. 3 Hours.

Hands-on exploratory course in the design, development and deployment of a school network. Explore the issues of design, policy, and security by building and deploying your internet server.

IDT 720. Instructional Systems Design. 3 Hours.

The systems approach is used to design instruction, applying the principles of instructional design.

IDT 735. Technology Integration. 3 Hours.

Apply the latest theories of learning and instructional design to a range of learning contexts, including public school, higher education and corporate/institutional needs, and develop technology- based instructional products.

IDT 740. Design Studio. 3 Hours.

Apply principles of instructional design, knowledge of learning theories, and experience with technological tools to the design of instructional products and curriculum for actual clients.

IDT 750. Prototype Studio. 3 Hours.

(May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.) Implement and revise design of online educational materials developed in IDT 740.

IDT 790. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

Supervised practice in college teaching of technology education. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It will also present a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be S/U.).

IDT 791A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

IDT 792. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

IDT 793. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

IDT 794. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

IDT 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

IDT 796. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

IDT 797. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project or a dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).

IDT 798. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision during the writing of student reports (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal.

IDT 799. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking course work credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use the University's facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department's 699/799 Graduate Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is S/U; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.

IDT 900. Professional Development. 1-6 Hours.

Professional development courses provide skill renewal or enhancement in a professional field or content area (e.g., education, community health, geology.) The continuing education courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale and do not apply as graduate credit toward a degree program.

IDT 930. Professional Development. 1-6 Hours.

Professional development courses provide skill renewal or enhancement in a professional field or content area (e.g., education, community health, geology.) These tuition waived continuing education courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale and do not apply as graduate credit toward a degree program.

IDT 931. Professional Development. 1-6 Hours.

Professional development courses provide skill renewal or enhancement in a professional field or content area (e.g., education, community health, geology.) These tuition waived continuing education courses are graded on a Pass/Fail grading scale and do not apply as graduate credit toward a degree program.


Faculty

Professors

  • William Beasley - Ed.D. (University of Georgia)
    Instructor presence in online environments, integration of external technologies with learning management systems, elearning in cross-cultural contexts
  • R. Neal Shambaugh - Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
    Professor, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology Integration, Cognition, Visual Literacy

Associate professors

  • Terence C. Ahern - Ph.D (Pennsylvannia State University)
    IDT Program (Coordinator); Instructional Systems Design, Social Media Design, Game Development, Information Technologies, Instructional Design, Network Architecture
  • Ugur Kale - Ph.D. (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Instructional Technologies, Instructional Design, Professional Development, Online Communication, Teacher Education, Content Analysis, Social Network Analysis

Assistant professor

  • Jiangmei (May) Yuan - Ph.D. (University of Georgia)
    Learning, Design, and Technology; Formative Assessment, Feedback Design, and Learner Engagement in Online Learning Environments; Robotics in STEM Teacher Education

Professors Emeriti

  • Paul W. DeVore
  • David L. McCrory - Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Edward C. Pytlik - Ph.D. (Iowa State University)