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WKU reintroduces online instructional design programs this fall

The WKU School of Teacher Education will relaunch two instructional design degree programs beginning this fall: an online Master of Science degree and a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.

Two experts in the instructional design field will lead the programs. Dr. Silvie Huang and Dr. Elena Novak each hold a Ph.D. in instructional systems from Florida State University and have extensive teaching and research experience in instructional design through distance learning.

The purpose of instructional design is to improve learning and performance for people of all ages in a variety of settings, and job outlook is excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for instructional coordinators will grow 20-28 percent in the United States between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the projected average for other positions (14 percent).

Job opportunities are available in a variety of settings, such as business and industry, government, military, healthcare and higher education. These programs prepare practitioners for leadership roles in both public and private organizations. Graduates may also be employed as managers of technology-based systems and designers of technology products.

“Instructional design is both a science and an art,” Huang said. “Our students will be equipped with competencies and skills that can help them effectively address learning and performance needs in workplaces.”

Both programs are 100 percent online, giving students a more convenient and flexible graduate program option, as well as numerous program support services. “We work to ensure that our online learners have access to the services they need to be successful,” said Cindy Troutman, assistant director of distance learning. These services include library services, tutoring, writing assistance, an Online Orientation, Online Community and many more. “We also have student support staff readily available, so students have a person to call for assistance,” Troutman added.

For more information, visit www.wku.edu/online/id.

Contact: Susan Esters, (270) 745-8922.

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