Instructional Design and

2007/2008 Graduate Catalog

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Department Chairperson: Hoyet Hemphill
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Richard Thurman
Department Office: Horrabin Hall 47
Department Telephone: 309/298-1952
Fax: 309/298-2978
Department E-mail:
Location of Program Offering: Macomb and various locations via compressed video and Internet

Graduate Faculty

Associate Graduate Faculty

Program Description

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology offers both a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology and Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Instructional Design and 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.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 design and related areas.

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology 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 includes 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 IDT program welcomes and invites qualified applicants from diverse fields and
interests. Applicants desiring admission into the IDT graduate program must formally apply to the School of Graduate Studies declaring Instructional Design and Technology as their area of study. Furthermore, applicants must indicate whether they are applying for the General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis or the Technology Specialist Emphasis.

Applicants may qualify for admission to the General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis under the following conditions:

1. Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Currently, the School of Graduate Studies admits students with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate work). Applicants who have successfully completed a graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally accredited university may also be
considered for admission. All others will be denied admission.
2. Applicants 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 available in the department.)
3. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic potential at the graduate level.
4. International students whose native language is not English must satisfy one of the following criteria:

a. a minimum TOEFL score of 213 (550 paper score) with a listening comprehension score of 23 (58 paper score);
b. complete the WESL program (prior to admission to the IDT graduate program); c. a bachelor’s degree (with four years in residence) from an accredited college/ university within the USA and within two years of matriculation at WIU.

In addition, applicants for the Technology Specialist Emphasis must also meet the
following conditions:

1. Applicants must have completed a state-approved teacher education program and hold a teaching certificate/license.
2. Applicants must show evidence of meeting the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T) by submitting a self-assessment of competencies.

Applicants should also be aware of the following:

1. Applicants who lack basic competencies in microcomputer application software may be required to take IDT 503.
2. Applicants to the Technology Specialist Emphasis who have identified NETS-T deficiencies may be required to take IDT 504, or they may be required to complete a faculty approved plan of selected professional development activities.
3. Completion of the Technology Specialist Emphasis does not automatically lead to an Illinois State Board of Education Technology Specialist (Type 10) certification. Once students complete their MS degree, they will need to apply separately for this certification.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology may choose to follow a research plan or a course work plan. The research plan is 32 semester hours and includes either IDT 600 Applied Project, or IDT 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 IDT program. Students selecting the course work plan are required to complete IDT 603, and present to their Departmental Graduate Committee a portfolio of completed projects that demonstrate competencies in specific areas (i.e., instructional design, multimedia development, graphics applications, technology integration, etc.).

There are two emphasis options for students pursuing the Master of Science in
Instructional Design and Technology: General Instructional Design and Technology
Emphasis, and Technology Specialist Emphasis.

I. Core Courses: 10 s.h.

IDT 500 Preseminar (1)
IDT 505 Foundations of Instructional Technology (3)
IDT 510 Principles of Instructional Design (3)
EIS 500 Research Methods (3)

II. Directed Electives (select one emphasis): 15 s.h.

III.General Electives: 4 s.h.

Students may choose from among courses in the IDT program or from other departments’ offerings to augment and enhance their program objectives and employment opportunities.

IV. Exit Options (select one of the following options):

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

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 on the Internet, word processing databases, and spreadsheets. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

504 Technological Applications for the Classroom Teacher. (3) Build on basic computing skills, focusing on the effective use of technology-enhanced instruction
practices to meet the state and national technology standards for teachers. Intended for students who have completed their educational methodology courses or who are practicing teachers. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of computers and the Internet.

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: IDT 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.

517 Classroom Integration of the Internet and Multimedia. (3) Focuses on effectively integrating Internet technologies and multimedia into curricular material. Prerequisite: IDT 504, evidence of meeting the National Educational Technology Standard for Teachers, or permission of instructor/department chair.

522 Computers as Critical Thinking Tools. (3) Practice in 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: IDT 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 Technology Issues and Professional Development for Educators. (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: IDT 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 computerbased multimedia. Prerequisite: IDT 530.

537 Instructional Video Production. (3) Project research, planning and budgeting, script-writing, and media design for instructional video. Course includes casting, lighting, audio, camera movement, angles and camera techniques. Prerequisites: IDT 510 and 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 educational products. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

539 Hardware, Operating Systems, and Networking in the Schools. (3) Plan for, design, use, and evaluate computer hardware and software, operating systems, and networking for educational settings. Prerequisites: IDT 504 or evidence of meeting the National Education Technology Standards for Teachers, or permission of instructor/department chair.

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: IDT 510 and IDT 503, or permission of instructor/department chair.

541 Advanced Interactive Multimedia Development. (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: IDT 540.

545 Instructional Web Development. (3) Development of web-based instruction and the application of current commercial products for webbased course delivery. Deals with HTML authoring and adapting graphics and movies for web-based delivery. Prerequisite: IDT 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: IDT 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 computerbased 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: IDT 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 environmentbased instruction. Prerequisite: IDT 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: IDT 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 IDT classes, filing of degree plan, graduate committee formed, and permission of the department chair.

595 Technology, Planning and Research. (3) Emphasis on the planning, leadership, and evaluation of technology integration in the schools. Provides students with the opportunity to apply theories and techniques of educational technology through on-site field experiences. Prerequisites: EIS 500, IDT 510, IDT 529, IDT 534, IDT 539, or permission of instructor/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.

603 Graduate Portfolio. (0) Throughout their graduate program, students will develop a portfolio documenting their knowledge and skills in instructional design and technology. The result of the portfolio will be presented to the student’s Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair.

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 Instructional Design and Technology Internship. (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 IDT course work and permission of the department chair.

756 Planning for Technology. (3) This course focuses on the role of the school administrator in addressing issues and strategies for integrating technology in K–12
schools. Topics explored include the use of technology to support teaching and learning; the integration of technology into long- and short-term planning and budgeting; models for technology staffing, professional development, and support; and alignment with state and federal technology initiatives and standards. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDL 725. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and completion of the first year-long block: SPED 613.