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ERIC Number: ED434649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-29
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
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Utah State University, Department of Instructional Technology: Needs Assessment.
Cartlidge, Stephan; Gerity, Brent; Eastmond, Nick
The purpose of this needs assessment, conducted as a class project, was to identify the gaps which may exist in the current Instructional Technology (IT) program at Utah State University (USU). Five task groups were formed to handle specific areas of concern: (1) literature review, examining definitions of the field, competencies for graduates and professionals of the field, other programs in instructional technology, and exit interviews from USU graduates; (2) curriculum audit and curriculum matrix; (3) mail and e-mail survey of recent master's graduates of the USU IT Department; (4) telephone survey of other IT departments, in order to provide an external frame of reference; and (5) a focus group survey of companies in the surrounding area who hire instructional designers. Overall, the needs assessment was largely positive. In particular, graduates responded that the department teaches both the theoretical and practical aspects of the instructional design process well. Individual task group results are summarized, and the original reports provided by the task force teams are included. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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