Andrew Cano '21
Instructional Design & Technology
Andrew Cano is no stranger to higher education. He already has two graduate degrees under his belt, has worked for two universities, and develops distance learning programs as part of his job. He sees the world of instructional design as a growing and changing one, though, and he wants to ride that wave.
“I fell in love with the work, and the curriculum really appealed to me,” Andrew says of Doane’s brand new Instructional Design & Technology graduate program, which he has just started. “Every single class is a skillset I need for this job; this is the first degree I’m pursuing where I know exactly what I want out of it.”
Doane’s ID&T graduate curriculum is designed to integrate professionals into the changing world of instructional design. No longer just the work of educators, every sector from corporate to public to nonprofit is discovering the need to train and educate members of their workforce and the public. Instructional Design & Technology is their gateway to doing that.
“A wide variety of designers from the private sector would enjoy this program, probably more than others I’ve seen out there, which were more limited to academia,” Cano says. “But now the private sector has really realized the benefits of it. Every organization needs to have a learning curriculum for their employees and their staff.”
Doane’s flexible courses allow Andrew to pursue his ID&T degree at his own pace, and the practical curriculum enables him to develop skills he can use in his current job in real time, as well as in the future.
“My immediate goals for my current position are being able to design an entire learning curriculum,” he says. “I want people to take classes because they want to, not because they have to. That’s what I’m hoping.”