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    Where is the best Instructional Design program?

    What are some of the best schools for studying Instructional Design ? Is there any school which is particularly famous for its Instructional Design program or which is considered in the lead for reserach in this topic?

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    Boise State .

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    Unsure as to the [best] online instructional design program/sósuch could likely be merely a perception response. Nonetheless and in no particular order; here are several programs that you may also want to consider:

    Learning Design and Technology Master

    FSU - College of Education

    Online Instructional Design and Technology | WVU Online

    Master of Science In Instructional Design & Technology | Offering a 100% Online Master

    Master of Education in Instructional Technology :: Texas Tech University

    Instructional Design and Technology

    UMBC: Division of Professional Studies

    University of North Texas - Department of Learning Technologies

    Instructional Design, MEd - University of Massachusetts Boston

    Online Master of Education Instructional Design & Technology - Post University

    Instructional Design and Development Degree - Master of Science | Bellevue University

    Instructional Design & Technology :: Master's Degree :: University of Memphis

    Master of Science - Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences - itls.usu.edu

    MS Instructional Design and Technology - Distance Education | Emporia State University

    Master of Science in Instructional Design and Diversity Education : Prospective Students :: Fischler School

    Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology at WIU Quad Cities - Quad Cities Campus - Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Douglas View Post
    Boise State.
    I second that. They may be lesser known for other things, but for instructional design they're a name brand, and they even have a low cost online doctoral program in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pelican View Post
    what are some of the best schools for studying instructional design? Is there any school which is particularly famous for its instructional design program or which is considered in the lead for reserach in this topic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelican View Post
    What are some of the best schools for studying Instructional Design? Is there any school which is particularly famous for its Instructional Design program or which is considered in the lead for research in this topic?
    I have been in the field of instructional design & technology for over 25 years and know many of the faculty at the top programs. Boise State is very good. These are the instructional design /instructional technology /instructional systems programs considered in the field to be the leaders (particularly in preparing future faculty and generating research):

    Indiana University
    Arizona State University
    Utah State University
    Florida State University
    Syracuse University
    Penn State University
    Brigham Young University

    Other good and notable programs are Purdue, Boise State , Western Illinois, San Diego State, Virginia Tech, U. of South Alabama, Wayne State, Northern Illinois, Nova Southeastern , U. of Memphis
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    I have great list of top schools that offer a master's degree in Instructional Design .

    1. University of Georgia in Athens
    2. Florida State University in Tallahassee
    3. California State University in Fullerton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Pina View Post
    I have been in the field of instructional design & technology for over 25 years and know many of the faculty at the top programs. Boise State is very good. These are the instructional design /instructional technology /instructional systems programs considered in the field to be the leaders (particularly in preparing future faculty and generating research):

    Indiana University
    Arizona State University
    Utah State University
    Florida State University
    Syracuse University
    Penn State University
    Brigham Young University

    Other good and notable programs are Purdue, Boise State, Western Illinois, San Diego State, Virginia Tech, U. of South Alabama, Wayne State, Northern Illinois, Nova Southeastern, U. of Memphis
    Can't imagine how I missed University of Georgia--It definitely belongs in the list of top programs.
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    Any thoughts on the University of North Dakota? I am looking at Western Illinois, UW-Stout and North Dakota and was wondering how they stack up. I will work on the certificate first and then move on to a MA or MS after completion. Thanks!

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    Western Illinois has Dr. Bruce Harris--one of the best in the business!
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    I am presently completing my MS in IDT from UND (27 or 36 credits completed), and can happily say that it has been an awesome experience. Like others here, I was between Boise State and UND and selected UND due to its delivery method and interactivity. Nothing against Boise State , I was admitted there and Ms. Fenner, my assigned advisor was very proactive in helping me choose my classes. In the end I chose UND and never looked back. My deciding factor was that at BSU all courses were strictly online and at UND classes are attended live via adobe connect. Another factor for me was the cost. UND's price is the same for online as in-state tuition, which is great if you are depending on the VA 911 GI Bill tuition like I am. UND's Dr. Van Eck lives IDT and his classes are master pieces and very animated. Very project based curriculum, with practical projects that include the use of Captivate and Articulate. Lots of emphasis in Gagne's nine events, human performance technology, etc. Department of Instructional Design and Technology | The University of North Dakota Ask me any questions if interested.

    Schools I also considered and researched: Purdue, Cal State Fullerton, Western Illinois, Emporia State, Univ. of Arkansas, Cal State Monterey.

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    Here are a few things that you want when searching for the ideal instructional design masters program:
    1. Curriculum
    What curriculum is being offered and how are the courses structured? Does the school offer online education , or will you be required to attend in-person classes? How many credits are required for the degree itself? How long does it take to complete the program?
    2. Faculty
    Is the faculty experienced? Is the faculty active and supportive? Will you be able to get in touch with your instructors should the need arise? What methods of student-instructor communication are offered (i.e. email, live chat)?
    3. Costs
    What are the costs involved? Are learning materials covered with the cost of tuition, or will you have to pay for those separately? What is the cost of each credit? What are the financing options involved (i.e. grants, scholarships)?
    4. Career goals
    Will the program enable you to achieve your career goals? Are the subjects being taught going to provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you're looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver123 View Post
    Here are a few things that you want when searching for the ideal instructional design masters program:
    1. Curriculum
    What curriculum is being offered and how are the courses structured? Does the school offer online education , or will you be required to attend in-person classes? How many credits are required for the degree itself? How long does it take to complete the program?
    2. Faculty
    Is the faculty experienced? Is the faculty active and supportive? Will you be able to get in touch with your instructors should the need arise? What methods of student-instructor communication are offered (i.e. email, live chat)?
    3. Costs
    What are the costs involved? Are learning materials covered with the cost of tuition, or will you have to pay for those separately? What is the cost of each credit? What are the financing options involved (i.e. grants, scholarships)?
    4. Career goals
    Will the program enable you to achieve your career goals? Are the subjects being taught going to provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you're looking for?
    Couldn't agree more and as a holder of graduate degree in Instructional Design , I will throw in my two cents:

    1. Curriculum
    Adding to sliver123's information, you also want to see what college the program is hosted within. For example, at our university, the Instructional Design program is housed in the School of Computing and Design , which is somewhat rare. Most schools will host their program within the school of education , but I've seen others who place it in a college of professional studies, etc.

    2. Faculty
    Once again in addition, I would look into faculty research. Especially if you want to go on and get your own Ph.D. in the future. If the faculty have similar research interests as your own, that will help immensely.

    3. Costs
    Not much to add, but sometimes (as is the case for the program at my university) programs try to place you into an internship to help finance the program.

    4. Career Goals
    I'd take this a step further and say that you also want the program to be able to open your eyes to positions you might not regularly think of. This somewhat goes back to researching the faculty, to see what they have done in the past, but this is probably the most subjective piece of advice I can give.
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