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.