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Welcome to the Instructional Design and Technology program at Virginia Tech, among the most respected programs of its kind in the country!

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a comparatively new field dedicated to applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. IDT professionals understand and leverage technologies as both product (such as a Web-based course for distant learners or print-based job-aids for the workplace) and process (such as an iterative and formative approach to learner assessment). Instructional technologists practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government.

Graduates of our masters program find themselves applying their expertise in a variety of rewarding, professional venues; for example, as instructional designers, trainers, or performance consultants in industrial settings and as teachers or technology coordinators in preK-12.

Graduates of our doctoral program typically assume dynamic roles as faculty in higher education, advancing research in the field and preparing the next generation of instructional technologists for the profession.

Located in the scenic mountains of southwest Virginia in the eclectic university town of Blacksburg, the Instructional Design and Technology program is part of the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies Faculty in the School of Education within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. We invite you to explore our program, the university, and our community to discover for yourself all that it has to offer.

Dr. Jennifer M. Brill
Associate Professor

IDT Program leader

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Fall 2017 Oral Exam Weeks

  • September 11-14
  • October 9-12
  • November 13-16

All oral exams are to be scheduled during these dates. After consulting with your advisor, oral exams must be scheduled with Jennifer Cesario (

AY 2016-17 Written Qualifying Exam Date

  • Feb 3, 2017

For any graduate exam, the student is responsible for consulting and following the exam instructions, as posted on the IDT Web site. Consult exam instructions early and often! Exam questions/concerns should be addressed with your advisor.

Contact Information

The Instructional Design and Technology program is located in War Memorial Hall.

School of Education 
225D War Memorial Hall 
(0313) 370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Program Leader
Jennifer Brill:

Admission Contact
Nancy Nolen:


Jennifer Cesario:

Office Hours

Monday - OFF
Tuesday - 1:00-5:00
Wednesday - 1:00-5:00
Thursday - 8:00-5:00
Friday - 1:00-5:00