Instructional Design and Technology
(Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)
Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instructions: Residential/On Campus
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a field dedicated to applying theory and research about how people learn to the design, development, implementaton, and evaluation of learning experiences and products.
Affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions
Our Ed.D. 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.
What You’ll Study
The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 90 credit hours including 15 hours of research coursework and 30 credit hours of dissertation. No more than 6 hours of Post Masters courses may be taken online.The Ph.D requires two years of residency. Resident full-time study for Ed.D. students must be satisfied in two consecutive academic years (excluding summers).
I- Mandatory Course Work
Ed.D. students will study mandatory courses such as Principles of ID or Designs for Learning, Foundations of Technology Tools, Learning Theories for ID or Theoretical Foundations, Trends in IT, Applied Theories of Learning, Research in IT, Professional Seminar
Students are encouraged to enroll in one course that address the history, sociology and philosophy of educational institutions or enterprises with which the student's career goals indicate she/he will be associated. This area of the program is intended to insure that each student has studied the general context of education into which the specialized area fits.
Fifteen graduate semester hours in advanced research-related courses by enrolling in Quantitative Sequence or Qualitative Sequence
Advanced graduate work in the Concentration Area may include the following EDIT courses: Formal coursework, Seminars, Independent studies, Clinical studies, Internship, Externship and/or Field studies.
Each Ed.D. student is expected to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework in a cognate outside of the Instructional Design and Technology program area. Cognate courses should be related to and supportive of the student's area of studies.
Ph.D. students enroll in 30 credit hours of Research and Dissertation
Career and Professional Development
Graduates of our doctoral program typically assume dynamic roles as faculty in higher education, advancing research in the field and preparing the next generation of instructional technologists for the profession.
This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center.
- Distance learning
- Message design
- Application of learning theories to instructional products
- Video-based learning
Clinical Assistant Professor
- Application of innovative technologies to instructional situations
- Design and development of electronic performance systems to support online learning
- Instructional design
- Distance learning
Professor Emeritus of Education
Professor Emeritus of Education
Instructional Design and Technology Research Highlights
Bond, M. A., & Lockee, B. B. (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of faculty inquiry groups as communities of practice for faculty professional development. Journal of Formative Design for Learning, 1-7.
Stoner, A. M., & Cennamo, K. S. (2018). Enhancing reflection within situated learning: Incorporating mindfulness as an instructional strategy. Springer.
Kim, S., Song, K., Lockee, B., Burton, J. (2017). Gamification in learning and education. New York, NY: Springer.
Students interested in applying to the Instructional Design and Technology (Ed.D.) degree should contact the program leader, Dr. Ken Potter, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Spring: January 1
Summer I & II: May 1
*Fall: August 1
Spring: September 1
Summer I & II: January 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.