Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) combines instructional technology with distance education technology, and adult education and training. Our unique curriculum prepares IDT students for the education and training jobs of tomorrow.
Our graduates work as instructional designers, trainers, distance educators, and program planners in a variety of professional settings such as in colleges and universities, business and industry, government, health care, and other types of organizations.
The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology examines a variety of topics including:
Students can elect to do a thesis or take the non-thesis option. Students electing the thesis option must complete 33 hours of course credit and three hours of thesis credit (36 hours total). Students electing the thesis option will select a committee of at least three
faculty members and complete a thesis project. For information on IUP policies pertaining to writing a thesis, please refer to the
Students electing the non-thesis option must complete 33 hours of coursework and three hours of internship and/or elective credit (a total of 36 hours). In addition, students electing the non-thesis option will complete a portfolio.
For a complete description of the Department of Adult and Community Education’s IDT program, and all academic requirements, please see the IDT Student Handbook.
The IDT program can be completed either part time or full time. The part-time option consists of taking two courses per semester for six semesters over two years. The full-time option consists of taking three courses per semester for four semesters over two years.
IDT non-thesis students are required to take three credit hours of internship and/or electives.
The following link contains a list of approved electives in the College of Education and Educational Technology at IUP
). Electives may also be taken from other departments and colleges at IUP or transferred to IUP from other institutions.
Because graduate course requirements differ from department to department, students are encouraged to contact the instructor prior to registering for an elective course. All elective courses must meet the Graduate School requirements as a graduate course. Students should consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for an elective.
Students may complete an optional three or six credit internship (ACE 698). Student wishing to complete an internship should consult the Internship Checklist found in the
IDT Internship Handbook. Internships may be completed any semester.
Provides an overview of models and processes of instructional design. The purpose of this course is to introduce basic instructional design processes, theories, and models of instructional design, learn the basics of instructional design, and to explore history and current
and future trends in instructional design.
Examines the practical use of computers as tools for developing effectiveness and efficiency in training and education through the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Learners explore the use of the computer in school and non-school training and education settings, conduct
critical evaluation of LMS and computer-based instructional/training materials, and develop strategies for integrating computing into the total learning environment. Current research in the area of instructional computing and its implications for training and education are also discussed.
Explores the use of the computer software to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in developing teaching and training via distance education. Learners explore the use of the various software used in school and non-school teaching or training settings, conduct critical evaluation of
software currently used in industry (both educational and corporate), and integrate these software products into the teaching/training and development environment. Current research in the area of instructional computing and its practical implications for teaching and training and development are also
This course focuses on the adult as learner, including physiological, psychological, and sociological characteristics and their effect on learning.
Provides a hands-on approach to planning education and training programs and instructional design projects. ACE 622 is a knowledge and skill-building course designed for present and future instructional designers, trainers, and adult and community education professionals. This how-to course examines
concepts and practices relevant to the development of education and training programs and instructional design projects in a variety of settings.
This course introduces the student to basic theories of leadership management and organizational structure. It includes study and application of the tasks, tools, strategies, and leadership roles of adult and community education administrators.
Examines effective teaching in online and distance learning environments. Topics include preparing to teach, basic considerations of distance education teaching, distance education teaching strategies, assessing learners, and issues related to special needs and cultural diversity of learners.
Provides an in depth analysis of the field of instructional design and application of instructional technology in various learning environments. This course will present students with the opportunity to solve instructional design problems and to develop an original learning
activity that incorporates advanced principles of instructional design. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of how to design engaging and meaningful learning environments using a variety of technologies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.
Students will be introduced to and have the opportunity to further explore topics including: current trends and issues in instructional design including theories, models, evaluation, program and project management, accessibility and diversity, and professional ethics. Prerequisites: ACE 600 or
Addresses designing, conducting and disseminating effective program and project evaluation of education and training programs and instructional design projects. This is a research based course in which students will apply research methods to plan and conduct evaluation studies. Effective strategies for disseminating program evaluation will also be addressed. Prerequisite: GSR 615 or Instructor Permission.
Emphasis on the integration of research and the creation of websites to support users’ information needs. Covers research strategies, website design, implementation and evaluation.
Selection of a research problem, data collection, types of research, research reports, and use of the library and computer in connection with research problems are studied. Elements of statistics are introduced. This course provides background for preparation of the thesis and enables the student to become an intelligent
consumer of products of academic research.
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