Campus: Blacksburg 

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

                     Some Courses Online

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a field dedicated to applying theory and research about how people learn to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning experiences and products.

15 Hours IDT Foundations
3 Hours Research Methods
12 Hours Restricted Electives
affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions
Our Master Program in Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a comparatively new field dedicated to applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. IDT professionals understand and leverage technologies as both product (such as a Web-based course for distant learners or print-based job-aids for the workplace) and process (such as an iterative and formative approach to learner assessment). Instructional technologists practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government.

Why Study Instructional Design and Technology Here?

Our Faculty and and staff in the Instructional Design and Technology program have very diverse interests that encompass all aspects of instructional technology and committed to support students as they develop the professional, academic, research, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career of their choice.Our coursework is designed to help students advance their understanding of educational issues, theories, and practice related to Instructional Design and Technology. Our IDT program is affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education that offers excellent research opportunities with a focus on design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, distance learning, health promotion, preparation of instructional technology professionals, and innovations in technology.

Faculty Research Interests

Instructional design

Effective instructional design strategies for distance learning environments


Instructional design

Application of learning theories to instructional products

Video-based learning


Application of innovative technologies to instructional situations

Design and development of electronic performance systems to support online learning


Instructional design

Distance Learning



Dr. John Burton

Instructional technology including research versus evaluation and hypermedia

Faculty Research Interests

Instructional Design and Technology Research Highlights

Fowlin, J. M. & Cennamo, K. S. (2016) Approaching knowledge management through the lens of the knowledge life cycle: A case study investigation. Tech Trends, DOI: 10.1007/s11528-016-0126-4 (10 pages).

Holbrook, H. A. & Cennamo, K. (2014). Effects of high-fidelity virtual training simulators on learners’ self-efficacy. International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, 6(2), 38-52

Cennamo, K. & Brandt, C. (2012).   The right kind of telling: Knowledge--‐building in the academic design studio. Educational  Technology  Research and Development,  60 (5), 839--‐858.

Nino, M., James-Springer, C., Johnson, A. (work-in-progress). E-learning and engineering: An integration to foster 21st century skills


Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Instructional Design and Technology (M.A.Ed.) degree should contact the program director, Dr. Barbara Lockee, by email at or by phone at 540-231-9193.

Visit our office at 225D War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer I & II: May 1

*Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer I & II: January 1

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.



Barbara Lockee
Program Leader, Instructional Design and Technology
211 War Memorial Hall

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Services Assistant
105 War Memorial Hall

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061