IDT to Host Graduate Symposium

On September 26-27, the Instructional Design and Technology program at The University of Memphis will host an optional graduate retreat for students and alumni that focuses on academic advising, professional development, and networking. View the flyer.

There is no charge to attend the event, though housing, football games, and museum tours will incur an expense. View the program. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2Vwchls. We look forward to visiting with you in person and helping you reach your professional goals. Contact Dr. Craig Shepherd with any questions.

Intern Opportunities

West Cancer Center & Research Institute
[westcancercenter.org/research]

The West Cancer Center has intern opportunities for students interested in corporate education and training.

Job Title:  Learning and Development Intern                       

Reports to: Director of Learning and Development                    

Position Summary:  will be responsible for the assisting in the design, delivery and continuous improvement of training programs; assists with learning needs assessments,  and evaluation of organizational learning outcomes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the creation of learning materials including: e-learning, interactive videos, and class handouts.
  • Works with Learning & Development Specialist to monitor class schedules and calendars.
  • Assist instructors with lesson preparation by getting materials ready and set up equipment.
  • Revises training materials in collaboration with lead instructors.
  • Assist with data collection related to needs assessment of the organization.
  • Documents employee compliance, attendance, and post learning evaluations

Technical

  • The intern will become proficient in various types of learning platforms including: PowerPoint, Camtasia, Captivate, Learning Management Systems, and Turning Technologies.

Hours

  • flexible

Interested Candidate should email:
Dr. Robert Koch
Director – Learning & Development
West Cancer Center
rkoch@westclinic.com
Please note: This is an unpaid intern position that is re-appointed each semester.

IDT Outstanding Graduate Student Award

We are excited to announce that one of our students was honored at yesterday’s College of Education Awards Ceremony. It’s an annual event and reception held on the university’s campus. The IDT Outstanding Graduate Student Award is given to a student who has demonstrated an outstanding record in coursework, research, service, and/or the promotion of the IDT program.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Instructional Design & Technology is:

Katie M. Sharpe

Katie is a third year doctoral student, has defended her dissertation, and will be graduating in May. Please join us recognizing Katie Sharpe for her exceptional work.

Congratulations, Katie!

Meet IDT’s New Graduate Assistants

Welcome to Katie Frulla and Pooja Garg, IDT’s new graduate assistants this year.

From Memphis, Katie has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Memphis. She has a master’s degree in education from Christian Brothers University and is a licensed for both K-6 and 7-12. She taught elementary and middle school for a number of years before transitioning into IDT. She is currently an Instructional Designer at Nike as well as an IDT doctoral student. As a mom of three, Katie stays busy.

Pooja is from India and came to Memphis in 2017. She has a master’s degree in computer science and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education Psychology. Her hobbies include dancing, cooking, and reading novels.

New IDT Professor Dr. Craig Shepherd

Craig Shepherd photo

Dr. Shepherd joins the ICL/IDT department this year. He grew up in Salt Lake City where he spent his free time exploring the outdoors. Because of this, he has a deep love for hiking and camping. Dr. Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Brigham Young University before pursuing a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia. Following graduation, Dr. Shepherd along with his wife and three kids moved to Laramie, WY where he took a job at the University of Wyoming. While there, he examined how to improve distance education and develop a sense of community and affiliation among faculty, students, and alumni. The Shepherd family welcomed a fourth child into their family two years ago. Dr. Shepherd’s wife is from Knoxville and the family is excited to be in Tennessee.
Fun Fact: Dr. Shepherd has traveled to all 50 states in the United States (all but Hawaii by car). He loves road trips. Welcome, Dr. Shepherd!

Contract work for Instructional Designers

Contact information Please send resumes to Jennifer.Burnham@xpo.com
Labor type Contract
Average weekly hours expected 40 hours / week
Assignment description IDs will work in a fast-paced, agile structure to create standards, templates, outlines and training assets including leader guides, participant guides, PPT, job aids, videos and assessments.
Candidate requirements 
  • Versatile instructional designer experienced in working with SMEs (engineers, line workers) to create task-based training to reflect business processes
  • Experience writing simple, crisp, concise learning assets with a heavy mix of visual cues (e.g. posters, job aides, Infographics, video)
  • Foundational visual design skills – able to use client graphics and follow current graphic design methods
  • Team player that is able to contribute quickly and  thrives in a dynamic and fluid environment
  • Proficient with PPT, Word, Snag it and basic video and video editing tools
  • Experience with distribution center or manufacturing training audiences is preferred
  • TWI experience or certification is preferred
  • Proficiency with eLearning tools is preferred
Location Onsite with client in Memphis.
Equipment Client will provide all needed hardware and software.
Work environment Candidate will be required to provide and wear composite or steel toe shoes.

Other personal protective equipment will be provided.

Tina Lewis-Yates

Supply Chain | Training Manager

M: +1-901-573-3014  M: +1-901-304-6778
tina.yates@xpo.com

Finishing This Summer? – IDT Certificate, Master’s, and Doctorate

Apply to Graduate

In order to graduate in Summer 2017, you must Apply to Graduate, and submit your Candidacy form before Wednesday, June 7th 2017; however to ensure that we meet the deadline, we ask that you submit your paperwork no later than Friday, June 2nd at 4:00pm. Failing to meet the deadline will delay your graduation and result in late fees.

IDT Certificate

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed IDT Certificate Planning Sheet and Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form to your advisor:

Your advisor will then sign the form and submit it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. You MUST complete this process to receive your certificate.

If you are graduating with a Master’s or doctoral degree this semester along with your IDT Certificate, you must also submit the corresponding Degree Candidacy Form along with your Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form. Directions for filing for your Master’s or doctoral graduation are below.

IDT Master’s Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed M.S. Degree Planning Sheet, Master’s Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign it and send it to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.

IDT Doctoral Degree

Begin by Applying to Graduate (see directions). Then, email your completed Ed.D. Degree Planning Sheet, Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form (click for directions), and Course Substitution Form (if applicable) to your advisor. Your advisor will sign the forms and send to Mrs. Shelby Tate, the ICL Graduate Coordinator. Students completing the IDT Certificate this semester MUST also submit the Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form as described above.

HOW TO “APPLY TO GRADUATE”

Visit the myMemphis portal. To access the application, click on the MyDegree tab to locate the Commencement and Graduation channel. Follow the prescribed steps listed below:

  • Carefully review Step 1 – Prerequisites to Graduate.
  • Click on Step 2 – Apply to Graduate to complete application.
  • Proceed to Step 3 – Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown form. All students are required to complete both the Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown form, even if there are no plans to attend graduation exercises. For students completing only a graduate certificate program, there will be no access to the Cap and Gown portion as certificate students do not participate in graduation.
  • During the middle of every semester, the Commencement Office will provide graduating students access to Step 4 – Attendance Card.
  • After the application has been completed, click View Application to Graduate.
  • Proceed to Step 3 only if you need to make changes to your name or to the diploma mailing address. Do not go back to Step 2.

FOR ASSISTANCE

Contact Mrs. Shelby Tate in the ICL Graduate Services Office for assistance.

FILING ELIGIBILITY RULES

  • You must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • You must be fully admitted to the IDT Graduate Certificate, Master’s degree, or Doctoral degree before filing your graduation application.
  • Non-Degree Students are NOT eligible to file for graduation.

Outstanding Student Awards Annoucement

We are excited to announce that two of our students were honored at yesterday’s College of Education Awards Ceremony. It’s an annual event and reception held in the Rose Theatre on the university’s campus. Please join us recognizing these two individuals for their exceptional work.

 

Kevin Smith received the award for Outstanding IDT Doctoral Student.

 

Travis Krouse received the Outstanding IDT Master’s Student award.
Congratulations to both of you.