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Instructional Design & Technology online master's degree to launch this fall

Instructional Design & Technology online master's degree to launch this fall

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Doane University will launch a new online program in Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T) during the 2018-2019 academic year. Graduate students will be able to take courses toward fulfillment of the requirements for a master’s degree in Instructional Design.


Students will take five theory courses and will select five more courses from an array of related applied fields. The list of applied courses includes Web Development, Multimedia and Video Production, Game Strategies and Motivation, Learning Evaluation and Data Analytics, Digital Media in the Classroom, and Project Management. The 30 credit hour program can be completed in five eight-week terms, making it possible for students to complete the required coursework in a year’s time.


The ID&T program is responsive to market demand, both locally and nationally, according to Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Mike Carpenter. Nationally, there are an average of nearly 123,000 jobs opening annually that involve instructional design and technology. About 780 of them are in Nebraska schools and businesses.


The ID&T coursework includes a capstone project and portfolio development. In other words, students will graduate ready to hit the ground running in a very competitive, high-demand field.


“There is a lot of demand in this arena,” explained Carpenter. “Talent gets snapped up quickly.”


What makes Doane’s course of study different from similar courses is a strong focus on the delivery and design of online courses. Doane’s strong educational programs provide a platform for offering a strong design orientation along with an online orientation. Doane’s growing online infrastructure, along with its partnerships, particularly with edX, position the university to build a strong teaching specialty in ID&T.


“Many schools are focused on classroom technology, but not on delivery and design of online courses,” Carpenter explained.


That difference positions the skills taught in the ID&T program to be useful in private businesses and government entities for corporate training as well as in educational settings. This program is designed to provide students with many opportunities to apply their education in ID&T, according to Director of Graduate Business Programs Debora Sepich.


“Students in our ID&T program will explore how to teach in different modalities with technologies while learning the theories behind how we learn through technology,” said  Sepich. “Students become designers with a set of skills and critical perspectives about strategies, tools and techniques to enhance teaching and learning,” Sepich explained.


More information about the Instructional Design & Technology program can be found here.