Perspectives on the Immersion Experience
of all I just thought the quality of the opportunity was that good.
And I really agree with the philosophy that you really learn by
doing. And so I very much appreciate the way that the program has
been structured, in an integrated real project experience with some
theory classes and some tools classes. And I just think that philosophically
and conceptually it's a sound way to approach graduate study."
I investigated instructional design programs for about almost two
and a half years, up and down the east coast, because what I was
looking for was very difficult to find, if at all. And what I wanted
was a program in which I could basically practice what we were preaching,
essentially. And this is what the program allowed me to do; it allowed
me to learn the process and the rudiments, if you will, of instructional
design while doing it. And that is what I wanted."
enjoy the fact that there was a real project and that there were
real people counting on this getting done."
then make the connection between what we're learning in our lectures
and in our readings, and then being able to problem solve on how
I can apply those theories and those strategies into an actual real-world
project, which is really a strong point of this program, to make
the connections between theory and the practice."
of the things we've dealt with - - I mean, we've had stakeholders
who are making slow decisions, or situations where even the stakeholders
and sellers can't come to consensus. You know, that is real life;
I mean, I would never know that in an instructional design part-time
been really impressed with the way that the program has been designed.
As I've begun to go out and talk to people and to learn more about
the way that instructional technology works in different organizations,
that I think this program is really well-structured and it really
does provide the kind of training that helps prepare people to be
able to develop instructional materials in a variety of environments.So
I'm really pleased with that, the fact that it's very hands-on,
the fact that it actually does enable us to involve ourselves in
real world projects. I think all of it is just tremendously important
and tremendously valuable. I really feel that I'm leaving with marketable
skills, skills that I can put to use. And I think that's the way
a training program should be, an educational program should be.
So I'm really pleased to see that and hope that it continues to
evolve in that direction."
actually gained more from this experience more than any other experience.
My last graduate program was in curriculum and instruction. And
this one offers so much more in that you're working as a team, you're
learning not only the material, the ISD process, but you're also
learning from your peers. You're learning how to, you're learning
the business aspects of instructional training; you're learning
how to consult, you're learning how to present yourself. Just so
much more, there's so much to offer in this program that I really
appreciate and think that I'm going to take a lot with me once I
If you are interested
in applying, please contact:
Ms. Kelley Shillingburg, Instructional
Technology Program Office Manager