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2 Concentration Options With the Instructional Design Master of Education

Even if you do not have a degree in education or license to teach, a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology may be the ideal way to take your first step into the field of education. For those already working in healthcare, business, industry or the military, earning this degree may open up opportunities in education and training.

Graduate students in this program take five core courses, two elective courses, and four courses in their area of concentration. They also engage in an eight-week field-based experience. In addition, they choose one of the two areas of concentration available in this program: Human Performance Technology or Distance Learning.

Core Coursework Provides a Foundation

The online Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology degree program offered by the University of West Florida provides an education in “the design, development, implementation, evaluation and management of technology-based education processes.”

At the core of this program, there are five courses providing a background in instructional design and technology. These courses explore the history of instructional technology, provide opportunities to research various design models, and examine the components of instructional systems.

Graduate students in the program will also put theory into practice. During the course in implementation, “Students will utilize software tools to manage the implementation of an instructional technology project.”

Human Performance Technology

One of the concentration options for this program is Human Performance Technology.

According to BPTrends, “Every organization is a human performance system. It was founded by people, it’s run by people, and it’s established to provide value to … people.” Human Performance Technology (HPT) is a process by which trained professionals apply knowledge and resources from many fields of study to discover and implement practical solutions to problems these organizations face.

HPT professionals employ psychologists, engineers, system analysts and designers, as well as other specialized experts to analyze systems, personnel and results. They look at how individuals working in a global setting contribute to a product that will satisfy the client or customer. These professionals have a singular focus: the end result.

Students who choose the HPT concentration take classes in which they “learn to identify individual and organizational performance issues, facilitate interventions and recommend effective solutions.” These classes include information about HPT interventions and how to implement and evaluate them. Students also explore different models of HPT and complete various activities they may encounter as HPT professionals.

Distance Learning

Students earning the M.Ed. degree may choose to concentrate on the study of Distance Learning.

The four courses included in this concentration involve the examination of effective and efficient distance learning systems. Student will research, discuss and critique existing systems, as well as develop a theoretical system of their own design. Participants will also become familiar with web-based instruction, technology and strategies that support distance learning instructors and students.

One of the courses offered for this concentration area is dedicated to digital video. Another course, Distance Learning Policy and Planning, helps students prepare for the implementation of the theories explored by looking at current issues and trends in distance learning, as well as the administration of courses and programs.

Build a Solid Knowledge Base in Technology

Both concentration areas offered in the Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology degree ground students in the fundamentals of technology use in learning systems.

For those interested in solving problems and taking existing organizations to a higher level of client satisfaction, a concentration in Human Performance Technology would be a perfect fit. For anyone interested in integrating “instructional technology theories and processes into education and training settings,” the Distance Learning concentration provides a comprehensive background in design, theory and practice.

In this digital age, the all-online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology degree program from the University of West Florida provides the background necessary to become a part of keeping systems up to date in the military and in the fields of business, healthcare and education. It offers instruction in leadership theories, implementation of technological resources to improve educational programs, and analysis of human performance issues in business, industry and education.

Learn more about the UWF online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program.


Sources:

HPT Toolkit: HPT Today

BPTrends: Human Performance Technology


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