2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Instructional Design and Technology

Chairperson: Dr. Hoyet Hemphill
Office: Horrabin Hall 47
Telephone: (309) 298-1952
Fax: (309) 298-2978
E-mail: IDT@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/idt

Faculty: Deng, Harris, H. Hemphill, L. Hemphill, Lantz, Thurman, West, Yoon.

Trends and Careers - Whether an individual is interested in developing websites, designing interactive multimedia programs, 3D animation, instructional simulations, or producing corporate training programs, a Bachelor of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) will prepare graduates for careers in their area of interest. The IDT program is practical, comprehensive, and flexible enough to support individual career goals with an emphasis on hands-on experience, team work, and real-world applications. Facilities include advanced technology computer labs, professional graphics software, an interactive multimedia and CD/DVD production lab, video/audio production and editing facilities, high resolution digitizing equipment, large-format cameras, and photographic darkrooms.

Nearly every organization, large and small, public and private, is engaged in ongoing instruction and training to maintain its competitive edge and to keep employees productive and up-to-date. Graduates from WIU’s nationally-recognized IDT program are in high demand, demonstrated by the high placement rate since the inception of the program. Career opportunities are available to IDT graduates in industry, government, and higher education, as well as in the specialized areas of graphic design, web development, multimedia and video production, and electronic imaging.

The IDT internship is an opportunity for students to apply and expand their education, gain valuable professional experience, build confidence in their abilities, and explore careers in their field. The contacts made during an internship can provide invaluable advice and guidance as well as potentially lead to a permanent job offer.

Curriculum - The Instructional Design and Technology program is designed around three major areas:

  1. Instructional multimedia and web production including digital imaging, digital graphics, interactive multimedia, multi-image presentations, and interactive web page design.
  2. Technology applications in instructional simulations and game environments, including three-dimensional models and virtual reality applications.
  3. Design, production, and delivery of instructional materials and training programs including the application of instructional strategies and training facilitation techniques.

The curriculum contains a basic core of courses which sets down a foundation in designing these advanced technology applications, and then allows each student flexibility to further her/his career objectives and special interests by choosing a variety of directed elective courses. Internships and independent studies provide valuable work experience and opportunities to explore some of the careers open to graduates.

The department offers minors in Digital Media, Photographic Media, and Web Design that can serve the needs of students majoring in related fields. New courses are regularly offered to keep pace with emerging technological changes and developments.

Students majoring in Instructional Design and Technology are encouraged to minor in related fields that will help them meet career objectives and professional interests. Computer science, art, graphic design, information systems, business, and broadcasting are some of the fields suggested to Instructional Design and Technology majors as their minor field of study.

Department Resources - The Department of Instructional Design and Technology uses facilities that are among the finest in the region. Facilities include advanced computer and interactive multimedia development laboratories, video editing and sound recording studios, photography production, distance learning facilities for satellite, compressed video and Web-based course delivery, and electronic classrooms that make learning with computers, digital cameras, DVDs, and the Internet more accessible. Both Macintosh and DOS/Windows platforms are available.

GradTrac is available to Multimedia and Web-Based Development and Simulation and Games majors. See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science - Instructional Design and Technology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology must complete I, II, and III.A., III.B., or III.C. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses:  19 s.h.
    IDT 200, 205, 310†, 330†, 345, 440, 496
  3. Options of Study (Select A, B, or C)
    1. Instructional Methods and Training
      1. Special Courses: IDT 240, 235, 360, 390, 451:  15 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: select 12 s.h. from  IDT 221, 230, 250, 315, 340, 351, 375, 406, 408, 433, 445, 455, 460, 480, 489:  12 s.h.
      3. Minor:  16-25 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  6-15 s.h.
    2. Instructional Multimedia and Web-Based Development
      1. Special Courses: IDT 221, 250, 351, 445, 480:  15 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: select 12 s.h. from IDT 230, 235, 240, 340, 360, 375, 390, 406, 408, 433, 451, 455, 460, 489:  12 s.h.
      3. Minor:  16-25 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  6-15 s.h.
    3. Instructional Simulation and Games
      1. Special Courses: IDT 230, 240, 433, 455, 460:  15 s.h.
      2. Directed Electives: select 12 s.h. from IDT 221, 235, 250, 340, 351, 360, 375, 390, 406, 408, 445, 451, 480, 489:  12 s.h.
      3. Minor:  16-25 s.h.
      4. Open Electives:  6-15 s.h.

†IDT 310 and 330 fulfill the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.


Minor in Web Design:  21 s.h.

  1. Required Core Courses: IDT 205, 250, 345, 351:  12 s.h.
  2. Directed Electives:  9 s.h.
    Select 9 s.h. from the following courses:
    IDT 200, 221, 230, 235, 240, 310, 330, 360, 390, 406, 408, 433, 440, 445, 455, 460, 480

Minor in Digital Media:  21 s.h.

  1. Required Core Courses: IDT 221, 345, 360, 433:  12 s.h. 
  2. Directed Electives:  9 s.h. 
    Select 9 s.h. from the following courses:
    IDT 200, 205, 230, 240, 250, 310, 330, 390, 406, 408, 440, 445, 455, 460

Minor in Photographic Media:  21 s.h.

  1. Required Core Courses: IDT 240, 340, 406, 408:  12 s.h. 
  2. Directed Electives:  9 s.h. 
    Select 9 s.h. from the following courses: IDT 200, 205, 221, 230, 250, 310, 345, 351, 360, 440, 445

Course Descriptions


200  Introduction to Instructional Technology. (3)  Introductory survey of the literature and structure of instructional technology. The course stresses the advantages, limitations, issues, and utilizations of technologies as applied to education and training.

205  Computing for Instructional Trainers. (3)  Introduces a variety of computer software applications used by instructional technologists in the field.  Also, includes principles of visual literacy for electronic application and the selection and trouble-shooting of computer hardware.

221  Introduction to Authoring Instructional Materials. (3)  Introductory experiences in authoring microcomputer-based instructional materials. Includes basic design and development guidelines as well as an introduction to a representative courseware authoring system. Prerequisite or Corequisite: IDT 205 or permission of instructor.

230  Introduction to Interactive Applications. (3)  Introduces a variety of presentation graphics software. Includes basic design of computer-generated transparencies, slides, and presentations for use in instructional or training settings. Prerequisite: IDT 205 or permission of instructor.

235  Instructional Materials Development. (3)  Introductory experiences and studies in creating and presenting print-based instructional materials for training and development purposes. Includes basic analysis, design, content writing, and development guidelines. Provides an introduction to representative print-based instructional development software and face-to-face instruction. Prerequisite or Corequisite: IDT 205 or permission of instructor.

240  Photography I. (3)  Introductory experiences in producing black and white photographs as well as color slides. Emphasizes the practical application of photographs as a communication medium.

250  Introduction to Web-Based Instruction. (3)  Introductory experiences in creating and publishing web-based instructional materials. Emphasizes the use of markup languages as well as editing software. Also includes basic principles of user-centered design and website maintenance. Prerequisite: IDT 200 or permission of the instructor.

310  Principles of Instructional Design. (3)  Course includes the study of the knowledge and skills required to perform the primary steps in the instructional design process: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: IDT 200, 205, and ENG 280.

330  Instructional Project Management. (3)  Techniques used by training specialists and instructional message designers are integrated into hands-on experience for developing and producing instructional modules for business and industry. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisite: IDT 310.

340  Advanced Photography. (3)  Advanced camera handling and darkroom techniques. Students will use a variety of films and photographic techniques leading to the production of a portfolio of photographs ready for presentation or display. Prerequisite: IDT 240.

345  Electronic Imagery. (3)  A survey course of electronic imagery including digital still imaging, 3D modeling, and virtual reality (VR) movies as used in electronic media and photographic applications. Prerequisite: IDT 205.

351  Intermediate Web-Based Instruction. (3)  Development of functional skills in creating and publishing web-based instructional products. Emphasizes the utilization of content editors, DHTML, and streaming technologies for online instruction. Prerequisite: IDT 250 or permission of the instructor.

360  Instructional Video. (3)  Introduction to instructional video production techniques including camera handling, digital editing, and special effects used in video production for multimedia.

390  Telecommunications and Interactive Distance Learning. (3)  Study of interactive television and computer technologies for distance learning. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of existing distance learning delivery systems and products, the design and development of exemplary programs for ITV, and Web-based delivery. Prerequisite: IDT 310.

406  Advanced Topics in Photography. (3)  Advanced camera and darkroom controls for processing and printing both black and white and color. Prerequisite: IDT 240.

408  Large Format Photography. (3)  Introduction to the large format view camera and its controls. Studio, available, and location lighting will be used with a variety of different subjects and props in both black and white and color. Prerequisite: IDT 240.

433  Instructional Three-Dimensional Modeling and Animation. (3)  Instructional uses of three-dimensional modeling and animation are explored including basic modeling tools, virtual camera controls, materials, video production, and lighting. Prerequisites: IDT 205 or equivalent.

440  Developing Computer-Based Instruction. (3)  Study of the design and development of multimedia products and the effective integration of interactive multimedia into training environments. Using knowledge of instructional design, students will develop a mini-instructional system. Prerequisite: IDT 310 or permission of instructor.

445  Advanced Interactive Multimedia. (3)  Advanced study of the design and development of interactive multimedia instruction. Emphasis on instructional design, advanced multimedia delivery techniques, and techniques for the development of non-linear computer-based training modules that incorporate sound, video, graphic and photographic images, animation, and text. Prerequisite: IDT 221 and 440, or permission of instructor.

451  Implementing and Facilitating Instruction. (3)  Study of the development of integrated instructional systems for performance improvement in training settings. Emphasis is on the collaborative and project-based design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional and non-instructional solutions, including techniques for facilitating face-to-face training. Prerequisite: IDT 235. Prerequisite or Corequisite: IDT 440 or permission of instructor.

455  Instructional Simulation and Gaming. (3)  Uses of educational games and simulations in interactive computer-based multimedia. Students will design and construct computer models to use in drill and practice and exploration, and complete several projects using a representative authoring environment. Corequisite or prerequisite: IDT 440. Prerequisite: IDT 230 or permission of instructor.

460  Instructional Virtual Reality Design. (3)  Focuses on the integration of virtual reality technologies for instruction and training. Provides opportunities to develop instructional/training virtual environments utilizing virtual reality authoring systems. Prerequisite: IDT 455 or permission of instructor.

480  Advanced Web-Based Instruction. (3)  Emphasizes the potential of Internet technology to foster interactivity in design of performance solutions. Students move beyond static Web page creation to advanced incorporation of resources in support of highly interactive forms, database creation and management, and client/server integration. Corequisite or prerequisite: IDT 440. Prerequisite: IDT 351 or permission of instructor.

489  Independent Study. (1–4, repeatable to 6)  Independent study for advanced students who desire to research a topic in instructional design and technology. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. in IDT coursework.

496  Senior Portfolio and Resume Preparation. (1)  IDT majors develop a capstone portfolio with resume, class annotations, projects, project annotations, and reflection paper. The projects can include professional work from IDT classes and internship. Career options and job interview techniques will be explored. Prerequisites: IDT major and senior standing. Graded S/U only.

497  Senior Portfolio Exam. (0)  IDT majors will complete a portfolio which may include refined projects from IDT classes and internship, documentation, a reflection paper, and a current resume. Prerequisite: IDT senior. Graded S/U only.

499  Instructional Technology Internship. (6-12)  The internship provides qualified students with a supervised, practical work experience in instructional technology, training, distance learning, multimedia or video production, telecommunications, or other appropriate area. Only 6 s.h. may apply toward major. Prerequisites: completion of the IDT core with a 3.00 grade point average, at least one 489 project, and attendance at the Internship Orientation. Graded S/U only.

(Professional Education)

278  Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs. (1)  Explores the research on using assistive technology devices with children with special needs, offers pre-service teachers the opportunity to develop the technological skills needed to work with children included in the regular classrooms who are required to use these technologies. Provides hands-on experience using these devices. Open only to students in the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisites: IDT 285 and permission of adviser.

285  Technology Integration Standards for Pre-Service Teachers. (3)  Introduces pre-service teachers to fundamental concepts, skills, and attitudes for applying technology in educational settings, as defined by ISTE National Technology Standards for Teachers and ISBE Technology Standards for All Illinois Teachers. Open only to students in the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisites: successful completion of the Technology Competency Assessment (TCA), CS 111, or permission of instructor.