Instructional design (ID) is the theoretical basis for the LTEC Master’s program. ID uses a systematic process, informed by theory and research, to develop learning experiences. These experiences can take place in a variety of settings (formal or informal), use various modalities (online, face-to-face, or hybrid), and take the form of courses, trainings, tutorials, instructional games, and more. The ID process typically includes analyzing the needs of the learner, defining instructional goals, developing instruction then evaluating its effectiveness. There are multiple instructional design models but many are based on a common “ADDIE” model which comprises five phases: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation.

Instructional designers (IDs) use each phase of the ADDIE process to ensure learning experiences are efficient, effective, and meaningful:

  1. Analysis: clarify the learning goals and analyze learner characteristics such as demographics and prior knowledge.
  2. Design: consider which strategies are most effective to effectively reach the learning goals.
  3. Develop: build the learning materials and consider which tools best support the learning strategies.
  4. Implement: support carrying out the instruction asking how to engage learners in the learning process.
  5. Evaluate: assess how the instruction is working and identify how it can be improved.

ID is practiced in every industry, and instructional designers come from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, government, technology, military and the arts to name a few. Graduates with a degree in ID can immediately apply what they have learned in a corporate, K-12, or higher-education context.

Most instructional designers have a master’s degree in Learning Design & Technology or Educational Technology.

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What Do Instructional Designers Do?

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Training/Curriculum Development

IDs work with teachers, faculty and other subject matter experts to develop effective instructional materials, such as courses, trainings, manuals and instructional games.

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Instructional Support

In education, IDs provide instructional and technical support for faculty/instructors who teach online or use technology in the classroom. They often design and deliver professional development for educators.

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Web & Multimedia Development

While ID focuses on design, some IDs gain additional development expertise in areas such as web development, video or multimedia. These skills allow IDs to create and implement custom design solutions.

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Project Management

IDs often serve as the “architect” or project manager on instructional development projects. They help stakeholders communicate to ensure the resulting learning experience is effective and efficient.

Career Outlook

More career information on the College of Education website:
Instructional Designer | Curriculum Developer

Hear from Our Alumni

LTEC Alumna, Rochelle Kaaloa
LTEC MEd Alumnus Frank Jumawan

Where Do Alumni Work?

Here is a sampling of where LTEC alums have worked, along with their roles:

Stephanie Barry
Stephanie Barry
MEd and COLT Alumni
Susan Jaworowski
Susan Jaworowski
PhD Alumna
Greg Kent
COE Alumni
Uilani Corr-Yorkman
Uilani Corr-Yorkman
MEd Alumni
Fan Yang
Yang Fan
International PhD Student
Tracie Ortiz
Tracie Ortiz
PhD Alumni

Learn more about our diverse students by visiting our Student & Faculty profiles!

Student ID Project Examples

What type of ID work do students do in our program? Here are a few examples, see additional student work at UH Scholarspace.

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HBEP Volunteer Orientation
Morgan Mamizuka created this orientation website for the Hanauma Bay Education Program.
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Family Caregivers of Maui County Resource Website
Melanie Chan-Vinoray developed a resource guide for Family Caregivers of Maui County.
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A 3D Virtual World Journey through the 5 Stages of Culture Shock in Minecraft
Casey Bales built a Minecraft instructional simulation on the five stages of culture shock for American students preparing to study abroad in Japan.

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