ESU IDT Program Lands Two Out of Three Winning Teams in Annual Instructional Design Competition
Louisville, KY - Two teams from Emporia State University’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) master of science program were chosen as winning teams in the 2012 PacifiCorp International Design and Development Competition, sponsored by Pacific Power and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Two out of the three finalist teams at this year’s competition were from Emporia State University’s IDT program. The IDT finalist team of Qing Zhang and Daniel Baldwin (L/R in left photo) and the IDT finalist team of Seung Gutsch and Daphne Tseng (L/R in right photo) were invited to present their winning instructional design and development solutions at the AECT 2012 International Convention in Louisville, KY on October 31, 2012.
The PacifiCorp design and development competition involves having teams of two students design and develop a detailed written solution and oral report in response to a very complex instructional design case study. During the year-long competition, over one dozen international doctoral and master’s degree teams competed in the first round of the competition and 6 teams moved forward to the second round, with three teams being selected as winning finalists. ESU IDT teams have achieved winning finalist status in 5 out of the last 6 years of the competition.
As the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology, AECT is the oldest professional home for this field of interest and has continuously maintained a central position in the field, promoting high standards, both in scholarship and in practice. It provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas for its members and for target audiences; it is the national and international spokesperson for the improvement of instruction.
Recent history in the competition:
2007 - ESU IDT's first team, Sandy Valenti and Steve Harmon - winning finalists
2009 - ESU IDT team, Liz Ermis and Jennifer Gibson - winning finalists
2010 - ESU IDT team, Michael Schwind and Rob Ervin - winning finalists
2011 - ESU IDT team, Jason Baker and Michael Stewart - winning finalists
2012 – ESU IDT team, Qing Zhang and Daniel Baldwin and ESU IDT team, Seung Gutsch and Daphne Tseng – winning finalists
Instructional Design and Technology prepares individuals for leadership in the design, development, and integration of technology and online learning into teaching and private sector training.
Many of the individuals obtaining the IDT degree are practicing P-12 educators who wish to improve the quality of curriculum, instruction, and student learning through appropriate integration of technology into the classroom. Others acquire leadership positions in post-secondary institutions or serve as instructional designers/trainers in business, industry, and the military, charged with training, development, and eLearning programs within their organizations.
With six full-time faculty members, Emporia State's IDT department has the largest and most comprehensive instructional technology program in the state and is the only program in Kansas that grants a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology. All master's program courses are completely available online.