Jacob Bane, Instructional Designer, The Ohio State University
I entered the Instructional Technology Master’s Program at The University of Akron with two loves, education and technology. My background coming into the program was as a seventh grade English teacher. I enjoyed the K-12 environment, but had a goal to blend my two loves into a position that could inspire my creativity. (See my video testimonial below)
The courses were well designed. The instructors and courses all use Quality Matters (QM) in their course design. QM is the national standard for course design and the standards show throughout every course and make the learning experience cohesive for the student. The faculty involved with the program work hard to make every course consistent for the students so that common elements are seen throughout the program and build upon one another. The program at UA exceeded my expectations in every way.
The content itself is well designed and designed for today’s students. The program at The University of Akron puts its students in real world situations and expects results. This is crucial in today’s job market. From what I have seen, employers are looking more and more for experience and skills rather than degrees.
The knowledge and skills that I gained as a part of Instructional Technology Master’s Program at The University of Akron have allowed me to be in a position where I can blend my two loves. I am now an Instructional Designer in the higher education environment and I am often working on projects that inspire me to create and design. The Master’s in Instructional Technology and Certificate in eLearning that I gained from this program prepared me for an ever-changing educational environment.