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Instructional Design & Technology

Department of Instructional Design & Technology

The worldwide market for eLearning reached $107 Billion in 2015 and Research and Markets forecasts show triple the revenue of 2015 – e-learning will grow to $325 Billion by 2025. The Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts an 11 percent growth, which is faster than average, through 2026 for instructional designers and coordinators.

Emporia State's programs in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) include a master's degree in IDT as well as a graduate certificate in eLearning and online teaching and a graduate certificate in teaching with technology. Courses for the programs can be completed fully online, fully face-to-face, or a blend of the two environments. It is possible to complete the program within one year (three semesters) if taken fully online.

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What is Instructional Design and Technology?

Instructional design and technology (IDT) is the systematic process of designing and developing instruction. A key part of that process is evaluating the use of technology and how it fits into instruction. The IDT process involves:

- the analysis of learning and performance problems,

- using the instructional design process to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional materials and environments,

- and managing processes and resources intended to improve learning and performance in a variety of settings, particularly educational institutions and the workplace.

What do professionals in Instructional Design and Technology do?

Professionals in the field of instructional design and technology use the instructional design process to design, develop, and deliver learning products and experiences. Examples of learning products and experiences include eLearning/online courses, printed or multimedia tutorials, simulations, or mixed reality.

Common terms used in the IDT field are:

- instructional design

- instructional technology

- multimedia design

- user experience design

- learning experience design

- instructional systems design

- curriculum design

- educational technology

What can my studying of IDT do for me?

Not only could an IDT degree enhance your productive use of technology in the classroom or training facility, it could open up a whole new career for you! Graduates of the program work in public and private sector industries.

Those completing the MS in Instructional Design and Technology become instructional designers, directors of technology, learning specialists, corporate trainers, eLearning Specialists, multimedia developers, instructional technology resources teachers, digital media specialists, and courseware developers.

Since the IDT field is fairly young, new related jobs, job titles, and descriptions are evolving and being created.

Positions Held by Recent Alumni

  • Operations Manager, Amazon
  • Learning Designer, Cerner Corporation
  • Learning & Development Program Manager, Netsmart
  • Instructional Designer, National Weather Service Training Center
  • Instructional Designer, Sunflower Electric Power Corporation
  • Content Producer, Technology at LinkedIn
  • eLearning and Organizational Development Specialist at Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Senior Technical Training Coordinator, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Manager of Global Training Development, John Deere
  • Associate Professor of Instructional Design & Technology at University of Tampa
  • Director, Digital Content, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Roanoke County Schools
  • Senior Learning Specialist, Black & Veatch
  • Middle School English Teacher, Olathe School District
  • Courseware Developer, FlightSafety Textron Aviation Training, LLC
  • Director of Technology, Clearwater Schools
  • Digital Media Specialist, University of Kansas

IDT Programs

At Emporia State, we offer the following academic programs in the area of instructional design and technology: Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology, Graduate Certificate in eLearning and Online Teaching, and Graduate Certificate in Teaching with Technology. Courses for the programs can be completed fully online, fully face-to-face, or a blend of the two environments.

Award-Winning Programs

Seven times over the past 11 years, our students have won awards in an international design and development competition.

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Mailing Address:

Department of Instructional Design & Technology
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4037
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Department of Instructional Design & Technology/TESOL
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 328