Instructional Design and Technology (ID&T)

With global trends like personalized learning and data-driven decision making, and increased opportunities for learning outside of university settings, the need to create meaningful, lasting and relevant learning experiences has never been more important.

Informed by the science of learning, the instructional design and technology concentration prepares students to design learning experiences for a broad range of settings (e.g., face-to-face and online, formal and informal, higher education, workplace, personal). This concentration prepares students to:

  • frame learning design problems by identifying learning needs from multiple and diverse stakeholder points' of view and understanding design requirements;
  • prototype, test, and refine designs for learning that are based on research on how people learn and that meet real-world learning needs;
  • thoughtfully incorporate technologies and innovations that are beneficial to learning; and
  • evaluate impacts of their designs.

Graduates typically work as ID/learning consultants and as instructional or learning designers in a range of organizations, including higher education.

Required Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours

OILS 535


OILS 536


OILS 545

Culture and Global eLearning I1
Culture and Global eLearning II2
Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning3
OILS 541The Adult Learner3
OILS 544Program Evaluation3
OILS 546Framing Designs of Learning (Instructional Design)2
OILS 547Prototyping Designs for Learning (Instructional Design)1

Students must register for OILS 597 Capstone. The Capstone is offered as a 1 credit hour segment 5 times an academic year (Fall 1st Half, Fall 2nd Half, Spring 1st Half, Spring 2nd Half, and Summer). Students should repeat the course three times to fulfill the requirement for 3 credit hours. Students may take the 1 credit hour segments consecutively, but it is not required. For students who plan to graduate in one year, students should take the Capstone during their second semester. For Students who plan to graduate in two years, students should take the Capstone during their third semester.

Required Courses for the Instructional Design & Technology (ID&T) Concentration (9 credit hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours

OILS 502


OILS 504

Instructional Multimedia


Instructional Use of Computer Simulations & Games

OILS 504Management of eLearning Systems3
OILS 554Consulting and Project Management3

Elective Courses for the Instructional Design & Technology (ID&T) Concentration (6 credit hours)

Students may select 6 additional hours of electives from the following list selected in consultation with their advisors.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OILS 500Contemporary Instructional Technologies3
OILS 501Presentation Technologies3
OILS 502Instructional Multimedia3
OILS 503Digital Video Techniques for Instruction3
OILS 504Instructional Use of Computer Simulations & Games3
OILS 506Exploring Virtual Worlds & Virtual Reality in Online Learning Environments3
OILS 537E-Learning Course Design I1
OILS 538E-Learning Course Design II2
OILS 533Management of Learning Technology3
OILS 534Mobile Learning3