Merger Creates Instructional Design and Technology
Instructional Media Services and Instructional Technology have merged to form a single unit called Instructional Design and Technology. They have also combined locations in room 112 of the Learning Resources Center, near Micro Repair. IDT’s mission is to support teaching and learning in online and classroom environments by providing resources, tools and services that enable faculty to innovatively use technology to deliver and enhance pedagogically sound courses and programs.
“Besides the hardware and technical support aspects, we can also consult with faculty or brainstorm ideas for using technology in a way that is suitable to each course,” said Matt Smock (Instructional Design and Technology).
IDT supports faculty use of classroom technology, such as projectors, Blu-ray, DVD/VHS players and microphone systems, as well as the NMU EduCat™ course management system and software tools used for such things as podcasting and video editing. IDT also has a variety of audio/visual equipment that instructors may check out for use in their courses or research. Available equipment ranges from digital visual presenters and compact Flip camcorders—an especially popular item—to traditional camcorders and tape recorders. The new location has a room to store equipment for checkout.
The Center for Instructional Technology in Education (CITE) falls under the IDT umbrella, but continues to occupy a separate room on the first floor of the building.
“We’ve posted a position to replace someone who retired, but we reconfigured it into an instructional technology specialist. It will be a hybrid—someone who’s ready to take calls for classroom technology support when classes are in session and can also support NMU EduCat™, podcasting and other IT needs in CITE. We don’t need two full-time employees devoted to classrooms because many rooms now have permanently installed equipment and there aren’t as many equipment deliveries anymore, but we need more assistance in CITE. We’re not adding headcount, just reconfiguring duties.”
The merger will become official following expected review and approval by the NMU Board of Trustees. For more information on services provided, visit IDT.