The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) department seeks to develop in students the ability to apply new and existing technologies to achieve educational goals in a wide variety of instructional settings including, but not limited to, schools, industry, government, health-related agencies, and institutions of higher education. Students will accomplish these objectives by learning to design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials and information resources. Students in IDT will have opportunities to acquire conceptual and hands-on experience with collaborative design and development of professional instructional materials. Furthermore, internships, course projects, and practice will provide students with chances to apply their skills in such real-world settings both on and off campus.
The Department of Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University offers a Bachelor of Science on the Macomb campus. There are two emphasis options for students pursuing the Master of Science in Instructional Design: 1) General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis and 2) Technology Specialist Emphasis. The Master of Science courses are offered online and as weekend academies. The Master of Science Technology Emphasis courses are all taught online. The Master of Science General Instructional Design and Technology Specialist Emphasis can be completed online with careful planning.