Monday, February 23, 2015

Course Description 1 - IDT 9000 - Baker University Ed.D. in IDPT

On February 13, the Baker University Board of Trustees approved our Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT) program, curriculum, and syllabi. The next step will be to submit our program to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and then secure a site visit date from HLC.

As promised a few weeks ago, below is the description for the first core IDPT course - IDT 9000 Instructional Design and Performance Improvement. More courses and descriptions will follow in future posts. 

As always, I am open to feedback, as I want this program to be the best that it can be!

Considering our candidates will be coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, I felt the need to cover the basics from both the fields of instructional design and technology and human performance improvement/technology, in addition to advanced topics, in this first course. Why the IDT prefix? The university system only accepts 3 character prefixes.

IDT 9000 Instructional Design and Performance Improvement
Course Description
This course is designed to provide candidates with an overview of the field of instructional design and performance improvement/technology, related literature, issues that have affected it in the past and those trends and issues likely to affect it in the future. This course provides a sense of history and an explanation of how the components of the fields fit together. This introduction to the fields of instructional design and human performance improvement/technology includes definitions, theories, histories, trends and issues, and career opportunities. Candidates will apply a framework for understanding human performance by working with scenarios and case studies to analyze performance problems, determine the level and type of intervention required, and make recommendations for a set of solutions that will achieve the desired outcomes.

Books and Resources
Reiser , R. & Dempsey, J. (2011). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (3rd Edition). Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-256358-1 

Pershing, J. A. (Ed.) (2006). Handbook of Human Performance Technology (3rd Edition). San Francisco: Pfeiffer. ISBN-13: 978-0787965303 

Supplementary journal articles, book chapters and web resources (provided by the instructor) 
Written lectures and notes (provided by the instructor) 
Webinars (provided by the instructor and presented by prominent academics and practitioners in the field)

Link to the flyer PDF



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Update: Baker University Online Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology

Things are moving along with our new program proposal for an online Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT). Once the standards and course of study were identified, I plunged into writing syllabi for each of the courses (that's a lot of syllabi writing). We then began obtaining necessary approvals through the Baker University curricular change/approval process within the graduate education department and the graduate school of education. Last week, the University  Academic Council unanimously approved the program and syllabi.

This week, the Baker University Board of Trustees will review the program (send positive vibes please). Once the Board of Trustees approves the program, we will then submit a new program application to the Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association), with a subsequent site visit in the future. We are still shooting for a fall 2015 start date. However, January 2016 will probably be a more realistic time to begin our first cohort. This all depends upon the time line for final HLC approval.

I feel like we've been able to put together exactly want I wanted: A unique and exciting degree program blending instructional design and performance improvement/technology.   A PDF flyer for the program is available for download below. There may have been a few minor changes since the flyer was printed in the fall, but overall it will give the viewer a good overall idea of what the program entails. Feel free to share with anyone who might benefit from this information.

In my next post, I will share some Baker University IDPT Ed.D. course descriptions.



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Is it time for us to take back our field? A question for AECT members.

The Trend
I read with interest today's announcement that William & Mary has hired its first associate provost of e-learning initiatives. This is a disturbing trend; not that universities are adding high-level online/e-learning administrative posts. I am happy that universities are showing more support for and feeding the e-learning cash cow. And, I certainly don't question the abilities of the individual selected by the college.  I take issue however with the academic backgrounds and training of these new e-learning leaders. As I read these announcements, I rarely encounter the names of my AECT colleagues.  All-too-often, the selected individuals come from all walks of academia, except the learning sciences.
Therein lies the problem, it seems. AECT members, the researchers and practitioners who know more about teaching and learning than anyone else on the planet, are not represented in these upper-level positions.

The Solution?
Granted, university administration is certainly not for everyone. However, I would think (and hope) that more of us (AECT members) would be "throwing our hats into the ring." We continually complain that as THE leaders in our field, our message is not getting out. Perhaps, by aggressively pursuing leadership positions, we can take back our field? Maybe this is something that we might address at a 2015 AECT International Convention session? Let's keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reflections on the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) - Kansas City 2014 Conference

Yesterday, I attended the day-long Kansas City ATD 2014 Conference in Overland Park, KS. Being my first ATD-KC conference, here are some of my observations through the lens of someone who has spent many years in higher education:

1. Corporate training and development professionals seem to be keenly interested in finding ways to create a healthier, happier workplace. Paul White's keynote, Using The 5 Languages of Appreciation to Detoxify Your Work Environment highlighted this interest.

To my higher education colleagues: When was the last time someone from your college/university displayed any concern for your workplace happiness or genuinely recognized you for your contribution to your organization? (Other than the obligatory X years of service certificate/pin, complete with a PPT flashback showing the most popular movies, songs, celebrities, and news stories X number of years ago).

2. Corporate training and development professionals seem to be genuinely interested in helping their organizations' employees make successful transitions, whether it's joining the organization as a new employee, making a lateral move, accepting a new role, changing offices, or even transitioning to retirement. The Transition Coaching session by Mickie Schroeder and Jeffrey Jans highlighted this.

To my higher education colleagues: When was the last time someone from your college/university provided quality support (orientation program) for joining the university as new faculty or staff member, or quality support for you transition to another role at your college/university? (Most of us fall into 1, the complete the paperwork in HR, 2. here are your office keys, 3. welcome to X university category, I suppose?)

Other conference topics included Coaching, Integrated Talent Management, Performance Management, Knowledge Management, Leadership Development and Supporting Engagement and Retention.

All-in-all, it was a refreshing look at workplace issues that are too-often overlooked in the world of higher education (pay attention university administrators and HR professionals). In addition, I met some extremely bright and talented individuals, and I look forward to meeting more at future KC-ATD meetings, as well as at next year's conference. Many thanks to the KC-ATD board and conference planners for their hard work on the 2014 conference!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Coming Soon: Baker University Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology

After 3 months of research, focus group meetings, conversations with friends, colleagues, and former students,       I am pleased to announce that we are closing-in on the creation of Baker University's new and innovative Ed.D. degree in Instructional Design and Performance Technology (IDPT). 

Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology - 

The online Ed.D. degree in IDPT is designed for individuals in business, industry, healthcare, government/non-profit, military, K-12, and higher education who are seeking a doctoral program that focuses on instructional design, training, development, and performance technology. 

Target start date - 

Fall 2015/Spring2016 (Pending Baker University curricular approval and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). 

59+ credit hour Ed.D. -
  • 27 credit hours - instructional design and performance technology core courses
  • 6 credit hours - research and statistical analysis
  • 6 credit hours - directed field experiences and portfolio/project
  • 20 credit hours - dissertation development and completion 
Instructional Design and Performance Technology courses (topics) - credit hours - 
  • Instructional Design and Performance Improvement - 3 
  • Design Principles for IDTP (User Interface Design, Message Design) - 3 
  • Project Management (PMI, PMD, LEAN, Six Sigma, Agile Scrum) - 3 
  • Instructional Models and Tools for Online Learning - 3 
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting (Analytics, Assessment Design) - 3 
  • Informal Learning Environments - 3 
  • Systems and Process Mapping (Complexity Theory) - 3 
  • Leadership, Motivation and Change Management - 3 
  • Trends and Issues in IDPT - 3

Candidates will be drawn from a wide variety of organizations that have a vested interest in improving the learning and performance of their employees/learners through the systematic design of instruction and performance technology. 

Stay tuned for more updates and developments.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Update from Baker University, Overland Park (KC Metro area)





I am into my second week as Professor and Director (add designer and developer) of the new Instructional Design and Technology Ed.D. program at Baker University's Graduate School of Education and the planning has already begun.  


I was delighted that the very first piece of mail received last week was the newest issue of TechTrends. This timely July/August 2014 issue of TechTrends will certainly help guide the design of the Baker University Ed.D. program. A big thank you goes to outgoing Editor-in-Chief Dan Surry, incoming Editor-in-Chief Chuck Hodges, Special Issue Co-Editors Kara Dawson and Swapna Kumar, and the authors for their work on this issue.  I hope to use this opportunity to create something that is unique and innovative, not only in its delivery, but also in the overall scope of the curriculum.  One of my first questions will be, "What do we want to call it?"; something that we in our field (and AECT) have struggled with over the years and continues to be a challenge.  The knowns:  
  1. It will be online. 
  2. It will be innovative. 
  3. It will be unique. 
  4. It will be exciting. 
That's about all I know. Whether it will include on-ground delivery, seminars, cohorts,and other elements remains to be seen. I hope to glean as much information as I can from the TechTrends issue and other sources (including you, my colleagues). I am also in the process of gathering the names of some of my former students and colleagues - out of the box thinkers who are working in (and out) the field - to form an informal planning/steering committee (I'm trying to come up with a better name - thinktank? braintrust?, but committee will do for now). If you are interested in providing some input, drop me an email - marcus.childress@bakeru.edu 

I met our new Baker University President Dr. Lynne Murray yesterday; she stopped by the Overland Park campus to say hello to the Graduate School of Education and School of Graduate and Professional Studies. She's bright, full of energy, and very positive; always super qualities for a university president!

One of my nice new Baker University colleagues gave me the cool medallion (shown above) to be worn during commencement.

Soon, I will be off to find more KC barbecue joints (the best BBQ in the world; although my friends in the Carolinas, Memphis, and Texas may not agree). I think the world needs more BBQ blogs, don't you?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Leaving ESU and moving to Baker University

Earlier this year, I announced that I will step down from the IDT department chair position at Emporia State University. The plan was to teach 3 master's level classes each semester, research, do some writing (and perhaps grants) and just fade away, like an old soldier (see General Douglas MacArthur, 1951) - http://youtu.be/M87s_I-c-Xw?t=7m42s

That was the plan ..... until I was approached with a rare opportunity at Baker University.....

On July 1,  2014 I will be be leaving Emporia State University to begin work at Baker University as Professor and Director (and creator) of a new doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology.  The Baker University undergraduate programs are housed at the beautiful Baldwin City, KS campus. My office and doc program will be housed at the Baker University School of Education/School of Professional and Graduate Studies facilities in Overland Park, KS (KC Metro area). I am sad that I will be leaving my wonderful ESU IDT faculty colleagues and master's students.  However, I am happy that I may be able to help many of my former and current ESU IDT students, and future Baker students achieve their goal of advanced graduate study at Baker University.