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Instructional Design and Technology

Our Department

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University offers a Bachelor of Science on the Macomb campus. There are two emphasis options for students pursuing the Master of Science in Instructional Design: 1) General Instructional Design and Technology Emphasis and 2) Technology Specialist Emphasis. The Master of Science courses are offered online and as weekend academies. The Master of Science Technology Emphasis courses are all taught online. The Master of Science General Instructional Design and Technology Specialist Emphasis can be completed online with careful planning.


The Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) department seeks to develop in students the ability to apply new and existing technologies to achieve educational goals in a wide variety of instructional settings including, but not limited to, schools, industry, government, health-related agencies, and institutions of higher education. Students will accomplish these objectives by learning to design, develop, and evaluate instructional materials and information resources. Students in IDT will have opportunities to acquire conceptual and hands-on experience with collaborative design and development of professional instructional materials. Furthermore, internships, course projects, and practice will provide students with chances to apply their skills in such real-world settings both on and off campus.

A Word from the Chair

Hoyet H. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) Department of Western Illinois University. We have been involved in the educational and instructional uses of media and technology for almost 50 years.

Instructional Design and Technology is the study and effective practice of improving learning and performance by using appropriate design and technology processes and resources.

The IDT Department at WIU is fairly unique among instructional technology departments since it offers both a B.S. and M.S. in IDT. I want to stress that our field is mostly about instruction and finding ways to make instruction more effective, efficient, and rewarding through technology. Instructional technology is really about the practical, hands-on application of educational psychology, child and adult learning theory, and cognitive science to support life-long learning.

Our program offers a unique synthesis of psychology, education, computer science, information systems, graphic design, and telecommunications to give undergraduate and graduate students the applied skills and design approaches that prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities. Over the years, our students have gone on to successful careers in industry, higher education, and public education.

Please search our web site and investigate the educational choices and career options we have to offer.

Dr. Hoyet Hemphill
Horrabin 47, call 309-298-1952 to make an appointment

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