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Instructional Technology and Telecommunications (2005-2006)

Admission | Certificates | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Hoyet Hemphill
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Richard Thurman
Department Office: Horrabin Hall 37
Department Telephone: 309/298-1952 Fax: 309/298-2978
Department E-mail: IT-Telecommunications@wiu.edu
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/itt/
Location of Program Offering: Macomb and various locations via compressed video and internet

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Bruce R. Harris, Ph.D., Brigham Young University
    • Hoyet H. Hemphill, Ph.D., Utah State University
    • Christopher J. Lantz, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Associate Professors
    • Leaunda S. Hemphill, Ph.D., Utah State University
    • Richard A. Thurman, Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor
    • James A. West, Ed. D., Northern Illinois University
    • Seung-won Yoon, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana BChampaign

Program Description

The Department of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications offers both a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications and Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Instructional Technology.

Master of Science Program

The M.S. degree is designed to prepare technology specialists; graphic designers; educational technologists; trainers in industry and business; and classroom teachers to develop, produce, and evaluate instructional and training materials. Courses are offered in various formats such as Internet, two-way compressed video, and hands-on experience. The program provides students with knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Telecommunications and distance learning applications in training and education
  2. Multimedia applications in training and education
  3. Course work and training program development
  4. Systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training
  5. Instructional software development and utilization

Graduates of the program will enter or continue careers in interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, and distance learning. The program also serves students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in instructional technology and related areas.

The Department of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications is dedicated to a high level of academic scholarship in its professional program and to excellence in the preparation of technology specialists. Faculty associated with the department include distinguished scholars, researchers, and authors of national and international reputation. Most faculty have either taught or served in public schools or have worked in professional training and instructional product development settings. All have shown commitment to the continued improvement of education through the process of professional study, the development of new approaches to teaching, and the design and publication of innovative and scholarly courses of study.

Admission Requirements

The ITT program welcomes and invites qualified applicants from diverse fields and interests. Applicants desiring admission into the graduate program in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Department of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications.

Applicants may be accepted into the MS program in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications as (a) degree graduate students or (b) probationary graduate students.

Degree Graduate Students

Applicants may qualify as potential ITT MS degree graduate students under the following conditions for admission:

  1. They must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work (based on all hours attempted), or they must have a grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work.
  2. They must submit a 1000 word structured essay that describes their interests and career goals as they apply to the field of instructional technology. (Structured essay questions are included with the application packet.)

Students who lack basic competencies in microcomputer application software may be required to take supplemental classes to remedy those deficiencies. Possible supplemental courses include: ITT503, CS482G, CS487G, or CS481G.

Probationary Graduate Students

Applicants who do not meet the above grade point requirements for regular admission as ITT MS degree candidates may be recommended for probationary admission. Applicants may qualify for probationary status based upon the following:

  1. Graduate Record Examination scores
  2. A 1000 word structured essay that describes their interests and career goals as they apply to the field of instructional technology. (Structured essay questions are included with the application packet.)

Probationary students with identified deficiencies may be admitted with specified plans and goals for the remediation of those deficiencies. Such remediation may include a requirement of additional hours beyond those normally required for the degree.

Probationary graduate students may petition the ITT Department and the Graduate council for a change in their admission status after they have completed ITT 505 and ITT 510 with at least a B in both courses. If the petition is approved by both the ITT Department and the Graduate Council the hours earned while a probationary student may be placed on the student’s degree plan as part of the minimum number of hours required for the MS degree.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Instructional Technology and Telecommunications may choose to follow a research plan or a course work plan. The research plan is 32 semester hours and includes either ITT 600 Applied Project, or ITT 605 Thesis. The course work plan is 35 semester hours. Students in the course work plan must complete an additional six semester hours chosen from courses in the ITT program. Students selecting the course work plan are required to present to their Graduate Committee a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate competencies in specific areas (i.e., instructional design, multimedia development, graphics applications, etc.).

  • Core Courses: 10 s.h.
    • ITT 500 Preseminar: 1 s.h.
    • ITT 505 Foundations of Instructional Technology: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 510 Principles of Instructional Design: 3 s.h.
    • EIS 500 Research Methods: 3 s.h.
  • Directed Electives: 13 s.h.
    • ITT 503 Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 515 Telecommunications and Distance Learning: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 516 Internet Resources for Education and Training: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 522 Computers As Critical Thinking Tools: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 525 Grant Writing Basics: 1 s.h.
    • ITT 529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Schools: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 530 Graphics Applications in Education and Training: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 534 Issues in Instructional Technology: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 535 Photographic Applications in Education and Training: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 536 Video Production for Multimedia: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 538 Imaging Technology: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 540 Interactive Multimedia Development: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 541 Advanced Interactive Multimedia Development: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 545 Instructional Web Development: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 550 Advanced Instructional Design: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 560 Visual Literacy: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 561 Uses of Virtual Reality: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 565 Management of Instructional Technology: 3 s.h.
    • ITT 591 Independent Study: 1-3, repeatable to 3 s.h.
    • ITT 601 Seminar in Instructional Technology: 2 s.h.
    • ITT 620 Instructional Technology and Telecommunications Internship: 4 s.h.
  • General Electives: 6 s.h.
    Students may choose from among courses in the ITT program or from other departments’ offerings to augment and enhance their program objectives and employment opportunities.
  • Select one of the following plans:
    • Research (Choose one):
      • ITT 600 Applied Project: 3 s.h.
      • ITT 605 Thesis: 3 s.h.
        Total Program: 32 s.h.
    • Course Work : 6 s.h.
      • Additional directive electives: 6 s.h.
      • Portfolio Completion: 0 s.h.
        Total Program: 35 s.h.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs

The department offers post-baccalaureate certificates in Distance Learning, Graphics Applications, Multimedia, Technology Integration in Education, and Training Development. For program details, please go to www.wiu.edu/grad/0506catalog/certificate.shtml.

Course Descriptions

500 Preseminar. (1) (On-line course only) Introduction to the fields of instructional technology and telecommunications. Through presentations and discussions with department faculty and invited speakers, a broad sweep of the field will be explored. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

503 Microcomputer Applications in Instructional Technology. (3)(On-line course only) Introductory survey of applications of microcomputers in education and training including Computer Assisted Instruction, communication and presentation graphics, multimedia and hypermedia authoring the Internet, word processing databases, and spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

505 Foundations of Instructional Technology. (3) (On-line course only) Introductory survey of the field of Instructional Technology. Upon completion students will be able to: (1) communicate about the field's terminology, history, accomplishments and issues; (2) describe the advantages, disadvantages, characteristics, and critical attributes of various instructional media; and (3) critically evaluate the foundations in instructional technology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

510 Principles of Instructional Design. (3) (On-line course only) Develop knowledge and skills in systematic analysis of the teaching‑learning process using an instructional design approach. Study and application of instructional design theories and models. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

515 Telecommunications and Distance Learning. (3)(On-line course only) Examines a variety of telecommunications systems used for distance learning and the challenges surrounding their selection and application. Emphasis is on the effective design, development, and delivery of instructional strategies for distance learning environments. Prerequisite: ITT 510.

516 Internet Resources for Education and Training. (3)(On-line course only) Focuses on developing skills in utilizing electronic mail and World Wide Web browsers to locate, download, and integrate Internet resources. Opportunities for students to develop Web pages and discuss issues and challenges surrounding the use of the Internet. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of computers.

522 Computers As Critical Thinking Tools. (3) Practice on creative ways of using computer software (such as spreadsheet, database, modeling tools and so on) in order to facilitate a learner's critical thinking in the classroom. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor/department chair.

525 Grant Writing Basics. (1)(On-line course only) To identify and select appropriate grants, learn strategies for effective proposal writing, and develop skills for utilizing a team approach to generate ideas, coordinate writing, maximize organizational involvement, and strengthen successful grant implementation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

529 Integration of Computer-Based Technology in Schools. (3) (On-line course only) Focus on the integration of technologies in the classroom. This course provides opportunities for direct application of knowledge and competencies acquired in prerequisite course work. Prerequisite: ITT 503 or equivalent skills.

530 Graphics Applications in Education and Training. (3) Survey of imaging- related applications such as image editing, 3D modeling, movie editing and special effects software.

534 Issues in Instructional Technology. (3) (On-line course only) Provides students with opportunities for further professional growth in instructional technology through exploring contemporary issues in K-12 school settings. Prerequisite: ITT 503 or permission of instructor/department chair.

535 Photographic Applications in Education and Training. (3) Production techniques such as still camera handling, basic darkroom skills, and color slide presentations, and the use of photographic images in microcomputer-based multimedia will be explored. Lab fee required.

536 Video Production for Multimedia. (3) Emphasizes digital video production techniques such as video camera handling, lighting techniques, special effects, and desktop video editing for use in computer-based multimedia. Prerequisite: ITT 530.

538 Imaging Technology. (3) Study of imagery as a language of communication. Provides practical experiences in digital and electronic still images and nonverbal messages. Students will produce electronic images to be incorporated into education products. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

540 Interactive Multimedia Development. (3) Basic principles of design and development of interactive instructional computer applications. Students will complete several projects utilizing a representative multimedia authoring tool and will create prototype instructional software. Prerequisites: ITT 510 and ITT 503, or permission of instructor/department chair.

541 Advanced Interactive Multimedia. (3) Advanced skills in development of media, efficient software design, and application of instructional design principles to deliver computer-based multimedia. Students will perform a series of exercises and continue development of refined multimedia products. Prerequisite: ITT 540.

545 Instructional Web Development. (3) Development of web-based instruction and the application of current commercial products for web-based course delivery. Deals with HTML authoring and adapting graphics and movies for web-based delivery. Prerequisite: ITT 515.

550 Advanced Instructional Design. (3) Design, develop, and evaluate an instructional system. Using the knowledge of instruction design, students will develop a mini-instructional system. Prerequisite: ITT 510.

553 Professional Development. (1-3, repeatable) Studies leading to applications of instructional technology and telecommunications which emphasize competency development in a specialized area, such as: distance learning, electronic classrooms, and computer-based presentation systems. Does not apply to degree program. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

560 Visual Literacy. (3) Understanding the theories of visual communication and application in preparation of illustrations, icons, and moving images. Students will review the salient literature on visual literacy and apply principles for nonverbal communication in text and computer-based media. Prerequisite: ITT 530.

561 Uses of Virtual Reality. (3) Focuses on the integration of virtual reality technologies for instruction and training. Provides opportunities to develop virtual environment projects utilizing virtual reality authoring systems and effective and efficient virtual environment-based instruction. Prerequisite: ITT 530 or permission of instructor/department chair.

565 Management of Instructional Technology. (3) Emphasis is given to project management, assessment of instructional needs, coordinating instructional design and production of instructional materials and projects, and identifying resource needs and allocation. Prerequisite: ITT 505.

573 Professional Development. (1-3, repeatable to 9) Studies leading to applications of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications which emphasize competency development in a specialized area, such as: distance learning, electronic classrooms, curriculum integration, presentation systems, and multimedia techniques. Course includes the completion of a project. Does not apply to degree program. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

591 Independent Study. (1-3, repeatable to 3) An investigation of issues related to the student's major area, not specifically covered in other courses. A substantial written report, as well as an informal oral report will be required. Prerequisites: 15 hours of ITT classes, filing of degree plan, graduate committee formed, and permission of the department chair.

600 Applied Project. (3) Advanced level fieldwork in a setting appropriate to the student's professional goals. The result of the applied project will be presented to the student's Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.

601 Seminar in Instructional Technology. (2) In-depth guided studies of critical issues and topics in instructional technology. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

605 Thesis. (3) Thesis direction under the guidance of a major adviser to meet the need of the student. A written thesis will be presented to the student's Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.

620 Internship in Instructional Technology. (4) Integrates instructional technology theories and practical skills with application in a real-life environment. Students are exposed to a variety of positions in that environment during the semester. During the internship, the student will demonstrate his/her ability to integrate, organize and manage a project. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Completion of 15 hours of approved ITT course work and permission of department chair.

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