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    A new academic year, a new name for EDTEC!

    I started the EDTEC Master's program in 1988 -- a full six years after the Dept became Educational Technology (rather than Educational Technology and Librarianship). 

    Some 6 or 7 years ago, EDTEC faculty began devoting a portion of each monthly meeting to lively discussion and debate about the merits of a name change. In Fall 2012, we finally got serious and followed through on our commitment to come up with a name that better reflects the field we so love and the work in that field that we (as practitioners) perform each and every day: Learning Design and Technology.

    Ultimately we felt that Educational Technology had come to mean the unit within a school district that provides support for Smartboards and laptops. For us, it no longer reflected the broader academic discipline covered in our courses nor the wide range of jobs performed by our graduates--including instructional design, corporate training, performance technology and elearning.

    Bottom line -- Learning Design and Technology (LDT) better delineates the kind of work in which we (and so many others) are professionally engaged. Both current and prospective students, alums, and community partners will more easily be able to "see" the theories on which the field draws as well as the varied roles field practitioners play and the vast array of supports and services they provide.
    Marcie Bober-Michel, Department Chair.
    Changes will be effective in the 2014/2015 Graduate Bulletin.  

    The San Diego State University Department of Learning Design and Technology (formerly Educational Technology) offers a Master's degree, seminars, an undergraduate minor, and certificates in instructional technology, instructional design, and distance education. The LDT curriculum prepares students in the design, implementation, and evaluation of learning systems and strategies, including learning environments, programs, and products.

    Available on campus and online, our internationally recognized and accredited programs are leading the revolution in learning with problem-based strategies, systems thinking, new roles for instructors that take them beyond the classroom, and emergent technologies that can provide learning and support to improve performance when and where it's needed.

    LDT graduates are ready for a wide variety of careers in corporate, government, K12, higher education & non-profit sectors including:

    • Training
    • Instructional design
    • Educational software development
    • Performance improvement
    • Project management
    • Educational video production
    • Interactive learning
    • eLearning development
    • Multimedia authoring
    • Distance learning
    • Communications
    • Performance technologies (HPT)
    • And more...

    Join us for Inside LDT Careers Webcast Series

    If you were not able to join us, we have made the following presentations available:



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    Contact Us

    Telephone: (619) 594-6718
    Fax: (619) 594-6376

    Department Chair & Graduate Advisor
    Marcie Bober-Michel

    Distance Program
    Donn Ritchie, Director

    Department Office:
    North Education Room NE 280

    Mailing Address:
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-1182

    Prospective Students  - Stay connected to EDTEC by visiting MyGap