Wayne State University

Learning Design & Technology

Learning Design & Technology is a field concerned with improving the efficiency and effectiveness of people and organizations by systematically diagnosing learning and performance needs, designing and implementing innovative solutions, and evaluating the effectiveness. Our graduates learn to: 

  • Assess end user needs (e.g., learning, performance, organizational, and community-based)
  • Identify and solve problems/opportunities in the workplace, health care, schools, government and non-government settings
  • Align learning and performance programs to organizational goals
  • Design innovative solutions
  • Manage and evaluate programs
  • Create engaging user experiences
  • Lead technology innovations
  • Improve learning outcomes
  • Improve workplace productivity and effectiveness

Wayne State University's Learning Design & Technology (LDT) program is among the oldest and most respected LDT programs in the country. WSU LDT grads are highly sought after by business, industry and education. The program offers a variety of certificates and degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts of Bachelor of Science in Learning Design & Technology
  • Master of Education in Learning Design & Technology (fully online)
  • Education Specialist Certificate in Learning Design & Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching (fully online)
  • Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Some common careers in LDT:

  • E-learning specialist
  • Instructional designer
  • Learning and development specialist
  • Performance analyst
  • Performance consultant
  • Talent development specialist
  • User engagement specialist
  • User experience designer

Because of the diverse opportunities of the LDT field, WSU's LDT program offers two master's concentration tracks from which to choose. This option eliminates the "one size fits all" characteristic of many graduate programs and allows students to select plans and develop skills to succeed in their chosen career path. Both concentrations share a common foundation in the identification of needs, design, development and evaluation of learning; however, Learning Technologies focuses on designing innovative learning technologies that support learning, while the Design and Performance Systems track focuses on the broader environment/organizational design to ensure positive impact on human and organizational performance.


Design and Performance Systems

Focus is on the use of design and systems thinking for organizational problem solving and effectiveness. This attracts students from psychology, sociology, business, anthropology, communications, and a wider range of fields. Many students come from organizational settings, already working on education and training, learning and development, organizational development, quality improvement/assurance, human resource development, seeking formal education to improve their knowledge and skills.   These graduates choose careers as instructional designers, performance consultants, learning & development specialists, talent development specialists, and other careers focused on improving workplace effectiveness.


Learning Technologies

The focus of this concentration is on planning, design, development, implementation and evaluation of a range of learning technologies. This has traditionally attracted many K-12 teachers as well as a wider variety of students from a variety of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, visual design/graphics, and library science. This is attractive to students who want careers as instructional technologists, e-learning specialists, educational multimedia specialists and other technology-supported instructional design roles in a variety of settings.