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MSc Instructional Design and Technology

Field of Study: Education
Degree Level: Graduate
Institution: University of the West Indies Open Campus
Island: Caribbean

In our increasingly technology-driven educational landscape it is imperative that 21st century teachers upgrade their skills and become proficient in the use of technology in the classroom in order to effectively facilitate the teaching/learning process. Educators and other professionals must therefore re-tool urgently to be able to design, deliver and manage learning environments both face-to-face and online.


The Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (MSc ITD) is geared towards preparing educators, trainers, curriculum development professionals, instructional designers, multimedia specialists, human resource development professionals, among others, to:

  • systematically design, develop and evaluate educational, instructional and professional development courses
  • employ effective practices of learning theory, instructional strategies and assessment and evaluation methods
  • effectively employ current and emerging instructional technologies to enhance the learning experience of students
  • utilise collaborative and interactive learning tools
  • design, facilitate and manage learning environments
  • conduct needs assessment for designing instruction
  • create appropriate tools/resources that are applicable to specific learning environments    



The programme targets persons who are engaged in the design, development, delivery, evaluation and management of educational and instructional programmes delivered or supported by a variety of instructional technologies.  This would include Internet-based instructional, video- and tele-conferencing tools, as well as other emerging technologies that have the potential to support instruction and learning.  Targetted persons include:

  • faculty at different tertiary level institutions who are embracing instructional   technology
  • teachers who use the Internet to support classroom instruction
  • curriculum development specialists who design courses and programmes
  • multimedia specialists
  • instructional designers and performance support personnel who guide the creation of education and training solutions
  • facilitators and trainers who provide training and development
  • government bureaucrats involved in large scale management of education systems
  • military personnel who use computer-based training systems
  • consultants and advisors on technology solutions for HRD delivery systems
  • information technology personnel and managers who support distance education systems
  • researchers exploring online learning



The MSc IDT is a forty-five (45) credit programme which comprises the following courses:

1.     Eleven (11) core courses in instructional design and technology

  • Learning Theory and Instructional Design
  • Instructional Design Theories, Models and Strategies 
  • Systems Approach to Designing Instructional Materials 
  • Programme Evaluation and Course Assessment Methods
  • Analyzing Human Performance 
  • Issues, Trends, Innovations and Research in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology and Distance Education
  • Needs Assessment for Learning and Performance
  • Developing Instructional Media
  • Designing Learning and Performance Solutions
  • Learning & Knowledge Management Systems
  • Facilitating & Managing Learning

2.     Research Methods

3.     Design Project



The programme will be offered over thirty (30) months.  However, students will have the option of exiting upon successful completion of the first six courses, and will be eligible for the award of the postgraduate Diploma in Instructional Design.



An undergraduate degree (at least a Lower Second Class or its equivalent) from an approved tertiary institution 

Holders of the postgraduate Diploma in Instructional Design may transition into the programme as per Board for Graduate Studies and Research Regulations.



The programme is delivered fully online.

All new graduate students are required to do the Graduate Introduction to Online Learning before starting the programme.



Information on the tuition structure for UWI Open Campus graduate programmes can be viewed at the website below:




Applications for the programme will be accepted online

Interested persons should complete an application form available at The instruction sheet can also be downloaded by going to Instruction Sheet

Applicants must download two (2) Referee Report forms from the Document Library. These forms must be completed and submitted under confidential cover before the application can be considered



1.     A brief statement outlining your interest in the programme

Include any relevant work experience, as well as employer contact information.

2.     Two (2) referee reports

Two (2) academic referees are preferred but one (1) academic referee and one (1) work referee may be accepted. These reports must be submitted under confidential cover by the referees directly to the UWI Open Campus at the address below.

3.     Signed copy of Declaration Page (required for all online applications)

Please note that this document will only be accessible after you have selected the "Application is Complete" button.

4.     Birth Certificate (not required from UWI graduates)

5.     Marriage Certificate (where applicable)

6.     Legal Affidavit or Deed Poll if your present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate

7.     Professional Certificates/Diplomas obtained from institutions other than UWI

8.     Official Transcripts (for non-UWI graduates )

Please note that these must be sent directly from the granting institution to the UWI Open Campus at the address below.Transcripts and Referee Reports must be sent directly to the University. However, all other documents should be submitted through an Open Campus Country site. Applicants are requested to take the originals to the nearest site where they will be copied, certified, scanned, and then forwarded to the Assistant Registrar.


The University of the West Indies
The Assistant Registrar
Admissions & Registration
Graduate Programmes
Open Campus St. Augustine
Trinidad W.I.

Fax: (868) 663-4919


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