Enhance instruction and learning at schools and colleges through effective instruction
design and the use of technology.
K-12 schools and colleges need to smartly integrate technology into instruction to
ensure effective learning. By earning a master’s degree in instructional design and
technology from the University of North Dakota, you’ll be prepared to assist instructors
in designing instruction and integrating technology into their instruction to enhance
On Campus or Online
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Why earn a master's degree in instructional design technology?
A master's degree in Instructional Design & Technology gives you the strategic skills
you need, including:
Learning Management Systems
Benefit from the expertise of a diverse faculty that includes leaders in the field,
including an expert in the use of digital games for the classroom and the coauthor
of a leading textbook. We offer a personal online experience with live evening classes
(held to a 15-student maximum) and support services such as online tutoring, library
and tech support.
In addition to core requirements, you'll take courses in education or psychology,
scholarly tools/research, electives and an area of emphasis.
The K-12 track complies with the International Society for Technology in Education
standards for technology facilitators, the most widely accepted standards for technology
integration in K-12 education, unique in North Dakota. A scholarly project is required
that addresses a practical problem or theoretical construct.
Instructional Design & Technology at UND
Small classes enable the instructor to give students personal attention.
An internship is a culminating experience in which the student will work in a real
world instructional design project.
Learn with a process that is part science and part art to develop effective instruction.
Design and develop computer-based instruction, multimedia, web-based instruction,
video-based instruction, simulations and games.
Synchronous live classes via video conference give online students an on-campus classroom
IDT Careers in Education
Projected job growth for instructional coordinators through 2028
Job placement rate for UND graduates, with every student finding a job in the field
one to three months after graduation. Starting salaries are between $35,000 and $60,000.
Many of our students found jobs or were promoted from the current position before
graduation. In K-12 education, you may work as a:
Technology facilitator: Design learning environments that make intelligent use of
technology and solve problems in the classroom.
Professional development trainer: Develop and deliver training for teachers at a school, or at the district, state or
Curriculum designer: Focus exclusively on the design of large-scale curricula at all
levels of the education system.
In higher education, you may work as an:
Instructional designer or educational technology specialist: Develop online courses
and other class/training materials, or
Work with faculty to develop technology-assisted learning, including online education
and multimedia development labs.
UND Instructional Design & Technology Alumni
Instructional Design & Technology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers
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Instructional Design & Technology Courses You Could Take
IDT 500. Survey of Instructional Design. 3 Credits.
This course provides students with an in-depth overview of the field of Instructional Technology. Topics include the history and critical issues of the field; a description of instructional design; applications of instructional technology, and associated areas of research.
IDT 510. Technology-Based Instruction: Applications and Methods. 3 Credits.
A study of the various methods for using technology to deliver and/or support instruction: tutorials, drills, simulation, interactive video, instructional games, intelligent computer-based instruction, performance support systems, job aids, testing, distance learning, intelligent tutoring systems, and instructional management systems.
IDT 520. Instructional Systems Analysis and Design. 3 Credits.
The first course in a two-course required sequence, IDT 520 is a study of methodologies for analyzing and designing instruction. Topics include needs analysis, job/task analysis, and assessment of instructional outcomes. IDT 525 is the second required course in this two-course sequence.
IDT 525. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Instructional Materials. 3 Credits.
This course focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional materials that have been created according to instructional design principles. The second course in a two-course sequence, this course completes the instructional design process begun in IDT 520. After completing this two-course sequence, students will have the skills needed to conduct the full instructional design process in a variety of settings, and with a variety of learners, odalities, and domains. Prerequisites: Program major or permission of instructor; IDT 520.
IDT 530. Introduction to Computer-Based Instruction. 3 Credits.
An examination of the technology (hardware and software) for developing and delivering computer-based instruction (CBI). A study of the characteristics of high-quality CBI, addressing such topics as program structure, user interface, navigation, message/screen design, use of graphics, response analysis, feedback strategies, error checking, branching, and computer-managed instruction. Prerequisite: IDT 520.
IDT 540. Digital Media and the Internet in Schools. 3 Credits.
This course builds on the theories and approaches to technology integration first introduced in IDT 510. Students will gain practice developing lesson plans and examples of student artifacts with specific media such as digital video, digital audio, digital photography, and the Internet. Students will gain competency in generating and using media according to the principles of technology integration, rather than technology use. Prerequisites: IDT 510 and IDT 520.
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