Leslie McGill comes from a family with a background in military service. Her father, brother, uncles and both grandfathers have served. Her role as an instructional designer for Intelligent Decision Systems Incorporated in Pensacola, Florida, offered opportunities to work with the military in her job, as well as with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. "I come from a military family, so doing my part to train people up and get people what they need is what I like best," she said.
McGill was required by her job to get her master's degree, and she followed in her mother's footsteps by graduating with a Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of West Florida. "It was a unique position to get both the formal education and the practical at-work application at the same time," she said. "I was able to utilize my school in my job and my job in my school."
The UWF program prepares graduates to analyze and recommend a wide range of solutions to performance problems in business, industry, education and the military.
Ashley McArthur, a 2016 graduate of the online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program saw opportunities to use her skills and experience in instructional design and technology to improve training through contract work for the military. "Some of the training is archaic," she said. "A lot of it is in early-stage Blackboard, and it has gotten to the point where it's inconvenient, so no one wants to do it. People hurry up, rush through and do not retain everything." McArthur completed her master's degree while working full time. She is currently enrolled in UWF's doctoral program in curriculum and instruction.
Military training is like civilian instruction in many aspects. The bottom line is, trainers and instructional designers in the military need the skills to assess, develop and implement training programs. Equipped with the knowledge of the latest technology and how it can be used in teaching and learning, graduates of the M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology can design learning systems for anyone, on any topic, in any format.
UWF's Online Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology Program
This program from UWF prepares graduates to meet challenges and solve complex problems in education and training for a wide variety of industries. Career opportunities include corporate trainer, technology coordinator, distance learning specialist, instructional designer, e-learning developer and more. These are skills in demand in the fields of education, military, health care, business and nonprofit organizations.
Graduates of this program can earn their degree in Instructional Design and Technology and add a high-demand concentration in either Human Performance Technology (HPT) or in Distance Learning (DL).
This program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in as few as 24 months. There are multiple start dates throughout the year, and UWF offers a discount for active duty military, veterans, spouses and dependents of military.
Learn more about the UWF online M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology program.
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