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What is Instructional Technology?

The Association for Educational Communication (AECT) defines instructional technology as, "the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources" (Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2006)

Instructional Design & Technology at ODU

The Instructional Design and Technology program at Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education & Professional Studies provides graduate students with a foundation in instructional design, cognitive theory, and research. The program offers both Master of Science (MS Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees to students who attend classes either on our main campus in Norfolk, Virginia or via a unique distance learning option available to students who reside elsewhere. Our faculty engages students in a rigorous course of study tailored to meet individual educational and career interests. Research opportunities and course work ensures that all students receive a solid foundation in Instructional Design. Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Instructional Design Theory
  • Instructional Design and Instructional Development
  • Human Performance Technology
  • Gaming and Simulation
  • Distance Education
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Trends and Issues in Instructional Technology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research

What is the distance learning option?

Old Dominion University offers graduate students in the Instructional Design and Technology department a unique distance learning option which blends the immediacy of face-to-face instruction with the flexibility of online education.

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Alumni Reflections

Listen to ODU instructional design & technology program alumni reflect on how the program has impacted their professional work.

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K-12 online Teaching Certificate Human Performance Technology Certificate


Why get an advanced degree in Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T)?

If you are in the military:

The field of instructional design and technology plays an important role in the design and presentation of military training. Many prominent instructional designers in the field began their professional careers designing training for the military during World War II, and in the 1970's, the military began using a systematic approach to the development of training

If you are in K-12 education:

Instructional Design and Technology skills are crucial for educators involved in a wide range of situations from improving learning in individual classrooms to broad standards based initiatives. The field of ID&T involves not only the integration of technology in the classroom, but the systematic development of instruction to enable educators to deal with the demands of standards based initiatives.

If you are in higher education:

The principles of instructional design and technology are used in the development of faculty and curriculum design in a variety of delivery modes. Instructional design plays a critical role in the development of online, televised, hybrid (a mix of distance and face-to-face delivery modes), and face-to-face courses. The attainment of a Ph.D. utilizing Old Dominion University's extensive distance learning resources makes for easy access for busy educators already teaching in higher education.

If you are in business and industry:

The field of ID&T is rapidly expanding in business and industry and some of the most prominent instructional design efforts took place in business and industry over the last 25 years. Areas in ID&T such as human performance and technology have improved organizational performance.

If you are in healthcare:

The varied and broad field of health care education delivers training in equally varied modes from classroom instruction to video conferencing, all with emphasis on continuing education in this dynamic and exciting field. The use of systematic development of instruction in health care allows healthcare educators to satisfy the General Professional Education of the Physician and College Preparation in Medicine, or the GPEP report.


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