Instructional Design and Technology

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 Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 541 The Adult Learner 3
OILS 546 Framing Designs of Learning (Instructional Design) 2
OILS 547 Prototyping Designs for Learning (Instructional Design) 1
OILS 535

OILS 536


OILS 545
Culture and Global eLearning I

Culture and Global eLearning II

Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult Learning


OILS 544 Program Evaluation 3

**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 and Technology (ID&T) Concentration (9 credit hours)

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 502


OILS 504
Instructional Multimedia


Instructional Use of Computer Simulations and Games
OILS 505 Management of eLearning Systems 3
OILS 554 Consulting and Project Management 3

Elective Courses for the 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 Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 500 Contemporary Instructional Technologies 3
OILS 501 Presentation Technologies 3
OILS 502 Instructional Multimedia 3
OILS 503 Digital Video Techniques for Instruction 3
OILS 504 Instructional Use of Computer Simulations and Games 3
OILS 506 Exploring Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality in Online Learning Environments 3
OILS 537 E-Learning Course Design I 1
OILS 538 E-Learning Course Design II 2
OILS 533 Management of Learning Technology 3
OILS 534 Mobile Learning 3