linked in Facebook   Blogspot  YouTube Picture of Email idon

Wang and Liu

ESU IDT Team Presents Winning Instructional Design Solution at International Competition

Anaheim, CA – For the 5th consecutive year, a team from Emporia State University’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) master of science program was chosen as a finalist in the PacifiCorp International Design and Development Competition, sponsored by Pacific Power and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).  The IDT team of Ziang Wang and Yun Lauren Liu (L/R photo) presented their winning instructional design and development solution at the AECT 2013 International Convention in Anaheim, CA.

The 2013 PacifiCorp design and development competition involved having teams of two students design and develop a detailed written solution and oral report in response to a 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 with 6 teams moving forward to the second round. Three teams were selected as winning finalists and invited to present their solutions at the AECT convention.  ESU IDT teams have achieved finalist status 5 years in a row (6 out of the last 7 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 - Sandy Valenti and Steve Harmon -  finalists

2009 - Liz Ermis and Jennifer Gibson - finalists

2010 - Michael Schwind and Rob Ervin - finalists

2011 - Jason Baker and Michael Stewart - finalists

2012 – Qing Zhang and Daniel Baldwin; Seung Gutsch and Daphne Tseng – finalists

2013 – Ziang Wang and Yun Lauren Liu – finalists.


ESU IDT alumus Ken Morrison selected as a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator

Photo of Ken MorrisonDaejeon, South Korea - Emporia State University Instructional Design and Technology alumnus Ken Morrison (MS, 2008) received a global award from Apple Computer when he was inducted to the 2013 global class of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs). Morrison was one of 15 educators in Asia, Australia and New Zealand to be chosen by Apple for the ADE Showcase presentation at the 2013 Apple Education Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Ken was also named as the official facilitator of Apple’s “@pple Meetup” Korea group for the 2013-2014 school year. The group of educators gathers monthly at Apple’s Korea headquarters in Seoul to discuss the newest trends and ideas of integrating technology effectively in the classroom.

Morrison is beginning his 8th semester as a professor at Hannam University’s Linton Global College in Daejeon, South Korea. He teaches New Media Technology and Internet Media Production.

Ken curates a popular web site - “An Eye on New Media”

An explanation of the ADE program -

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. 

In addition to P-12 and higher education employment, recent graduates' positions include:

  • President/CEO SchwindTEC eLearning Solutions
  • Instructional Designer, National Weather Service Training Center
  • Training Specialist and Multimedia Developer, Cubic Defense Applications Group
  • Network Coordinator, Arts Partners, Inc.
  • Chief Director of Operations, The Blissett Group (Learning solutions/workplace performance consulting)

  • Training, Logistics and Mission Operations
    Training Architect
    Intelligence, Information and Services
    Raytheon Company

  • Chief Evangelist, Remote Learner

  • Project Manager, Simulation Technology, Business Transformation Services, IBM

  • Corporate Trainer, Training and Marketing Authoring Network Department, John Deere

  • Instructional Systems Specialist, TrainingDirectorate , US Army

  • Senior Training Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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.

To REGISTER for classes, contact the Office of Distance Education

Voice: 620-341-5385 • Toll free: 1-877-332-4249 • E-mail: