A Word from the Chair

Hoyet H. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Professor Hoyet H. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Department of Western Illinois University. We have been involved in the educational and instructional uses of media and technology for almost 50 years. 

Instructional Design and Technology is the study and effective practice of improving learning and performance by using appropriate design and technology processes and resources.

The IDT Department at WIU is fairly unique among instructional technology departments since it offers both a B.S. and M.S. in IDT. I want to stress that our field is mostly about instruction and finding ways to make instruction more effective, efficient, and rewarding through technology. Instructional technology is really about the practical, hands-on application of educational psychology, child and adult learning theory, and cognitive science to support life-long learning. 

Our program offers a unique synthesis of psychology, education, computer science, information systems, graphic design, and telecommunications to give undergraduate and graduate students the applied skills and design approaches that prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities. Over the years, our students have gone on to successful careers in industry, higher education, and public education.

Please search our web site and investigate the educational choices and career options we have to offer.

Dr. Hoyet Hemphill 
Horrabin 47

Phone: 309-298-1952