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Instructional Technology

Wayne State University's Instructional Technology program is among the oldest and most respected IT programs in the country. WSU IT graduates are highly sought after by business, industry and education.

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Instructional Technology (IT) is a field concerned with improving the efficiency and effectiveness of learning, performance improvement and instruction through:

  • Designing instruction (including all the phases of activity from needs assessment to evaluation)
  • Applying learning theory to instructional design
  • Selecting delivery systems and designing techniques for a given delivery system
  • Assessing human characteristics
  • Conducting process and product evaluation
  • Managing change and adopting innovations
  • Building teams and managing projects
  • Integrating instruction with other factors that influence human performance
  • Implementing delivery to reach learners when they need it
  • Using technology in support of the development and delivery of instruction

Our program provides graduate curricula for Master's (including Master's distance programs), Educational Specialist, Doctoral students and a Bachelor's degree program in IT.

Master's and Education Specialist programs emphasize four distinct areas:

Instructional Design

The track is designed for those interest in obtaining employment or advancement in non-school settings specifically in the area of instructional design.

Students may have relevant undergraduate degrees from a variety of areas such as Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education, English or Speech.

Interactive Technologies

The track is designed for persons interested in the design and creation of technology based instructional programs. People come into this track with backgrounds in health care, engineering, business, education, government, computer science and higher education.

Students in this track learn to design and develop multimedia programs, interactive web-instruction, dynamic learning management systems, and learning object databases. By selecting appropriate course, students can also build skills to become distance education specialists and e-learning specialists.

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K-12 Technology Integration

The track is designed for teachers who are interested in learning technologies available to them to use in their classrooms and want to create dynamic lessons integrating technology. The focus in these courses is on the appropriate and creative use of technology — not simply on the technology itself. Students learn how to use existing resources as well as creating new technology based materials. Projects include lessons /units for classroom use as well as in-services and curriculum planning. By selecting appropriate classes, students in this track can develop skills for becoming classroom technologists, technology coordinators, and distance learning specialists.

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Performance Improvement and Training

The track is designed for persons interested in obtaining employment or advancement as instructional designers or performance technologists in a wide variety of settings. People come into this track with backgrounds in health care, engineering, business, education, government and higher education.

Performance technologists seek to work with organizations to fully identify performance problems so that appropriate solutions/interventions can be developed. By selecting appropriate courses, students can build skills to identify performance gaps, design instructional programs, develop performance interventions, and evaluate outcomes. Students can also take additional courses from the Interactive Technology Emphasis that develop e-learning skills.

Jobs commonly associated with this track include: Instructional Designer, Performance Technologist, Training Designer, Training Manager, Trainer, Instructional Technologist, etc.

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