Emporia State’s IDT dynasty continues

November 29, 2011

Master’s level students in the Instructional Design and Technology program at Emporia State University have been named finalists in an international design competition for the third straight year.

Marcus Childress, professor and chair of the Instructional Design and Technology department at Emporia State University, is flanked by Jason Baker, left, and Michael Stewart at the 2011 Association for Education Communications and Technology International Convention in Jacksonville, Fla.The selection of the project by Jason Baker of Lees Summit, Mo., and Michael Stewart of Shawnee, Kan., marked the fourth time in five years that an ESU team made it to the finals of the PacifiCorp international design and development competition, sponsored by PacifiCorp and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. This is the eighth year for the competition.

Baker and Stewart, along with the two other finalist teams, presented their winning instructional design and development solution at the November Association for Education Communications and Technology 2011 International Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. They were accompanied to the conference by the entire ESU IDT faculty and more than 15 students and alumni.

In the PacifiCorp design and development competition, 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, 12 teams competed in the first round of the competition and six teams moved forward to the second round, with three teams being selected as winning finalists. The competition pits ESU’s master’s level students against doctoral students from some of the country’s most notable programs.

Both Baker and Stewart plan to graduate with the master’s degrees from ESU in May 2012.

More information about the competition and the 2011 question is online at www.aect.org/pacificorp.

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