Another prize-winning instructional design


Rob Ervin and Michael SchwindThe collaboration of two Emporia State University students not only has won national recognition, it may also benefit the company for which the students work.

Rob Ervin and Michael Schwind, both employees of Argus Health Systems in Kansas City, Mo., presented the prize-winning solution to an instructional design problem at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) convention in Anaheim, Calif.

It was the second year in a row that an ESU IDT team won best presentation honors in the PacifiCorp instructional design and development competition at the conference, and the third time in four years that a team was selected as one of the competition’s three winning finalists.

Ervin, of Parkville, Mo., and Schwind, of Lansing, are students in ESU’s Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program, an online master’s degree program.

The competition pitted the ESU team against students representing well-known doctoral degree programs at Arizona State University and San Francisco State University.

This is now two years in a row for the ESU IDT program to have finalists and win the best presentation award. “I think along with last year’s winners (Jennifer Gibson and Elizabeth Ermis), we’ve helped put Emporia State out there even more as a nationally respected program,” said Ervin, a technical writer for Argus’ multimedia projects.

For Dr. Marcus Childress, professor and chair of ESU’s IDT department, the Ervin-Schwind team’s performance highlights a team effort by quality faculty members. “Rob’s and Mike’s presentation shows that we have an online program that can deliver a rigorous curriculum, one that stands up well against the competition.”

Learn more about ESU’s Instructional Design and Technology program by visiting the department’s website.