At the end of the spring semester, the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Education made the decision to move their Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT), Instructional Design and Development (IDD) program completely online.
Since students are designing e-learning communities and courses using eLearning modules, video presentations, and more, moving the IDD program online was a natural transition. The new program began in Fall 2014.
Teaching online is not a new platform for professors and students of the IDD program. In 1998, the program began its transition into innovative approaches to teaching. It evolved into a blended program of online and in-class courses and now it is completely online.
Gregory Clinton, M.Ed. faculty member, says he has been teaching in the online environment for 16 years. One of the biggest challenges the College of Education had to overcome is interacting with students and building relationships. “We treasure the relationships with students but it is harder to have those relationships online,” he said. “With few or no meetings, we have to constantly interact.”
For more information, visit www.online.uga.edu/idd