Human Performance and Training Sequence
Transforming hard-working students into top-notch instructional designers
Welcome to the Master of Arts in Communication and Training with an emphasis on Human Performance and Training (HPT), where students develop skills in:
- completing needs assessments;
- carrying out task analyses;
- designing and implementing training and non-training interventions;
- evaluating training and non-training interventions; as well as,
- incorporating various technologies throughout the entire performance improvement process that may include using statistical software, web building software, presentation software, XHML coding, and more.
Most graduate students in HPT lead busy lives; and therefore, they want an excellent education; some degree of flexibility in their class schedules; and most importantly, a high return on their time and monetary investment. HPT meets their desires by providing contemporary classes delivered in hybrid formats including online, face-to-face, and instructional CD.
By the time HPT students graduate, they have enhanced their skills to obtain excellent jobs in the Instructional Design and Training industry. HPT alumni are one of the most successful and highest paid graduates coming out of the College of Arts and Sciences. Many HPT graduates exit the program to become:
- Instructional Designers
- Training Coordinators
- Performance Improvement Consultants
HPT alumni, who have worked in the field for awhile, now serve as:
- Vice Presidents and Directors
- Senior and Lead Instructional Designers
- Training Managers and Senior Managers of Strategic Support
Many HPT alumni work for large organizations such as:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Ford Motor Company
- Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center
- Kirkland and Ellis Law Firm
- Institute of Managerial and Clinical Consultation
- McDonald's U.S. Training
- Learning and Development
- International Code Council
- Illinois Center for Violence Prevention
- ...and more
Instructional Design and Training is on the U.S. Bureau of Labor's Lists of Top 50 Jobs
The instructional design and training field is in demand and is listed on all four of the U.S. Bureau of Labor’s Top 50 lists including:
- Most job openings
- Most job growth
- Highest employment
- Highest salaries
HPT Program Objectives
The HPT sequence follows the fundamental competencies established by the Illinois Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. As such, HPT’s terminal objectives include these 16 competencies. Students will be able to:
- Communicate successfully.
- Implement instructional design research and theories into their work. (Advanced)
- Enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes in instructional design.
- Address legal issues as it relates to designing training. (Advanced)
- Carry out a needs assessment.
- Design a training workshop.
- Implement a variety of instructional design techniques into training interventions.
- Identify learner characteristics.
- Identify environmental characteristics.
- Implement appropriate technologies to deliver training interventions.
- Implement appropriate task analysis techniques.
- Design instructional materials to close performance gaps.
- Evaluate training.
- Strategize instructional design projects.
- Implement instructional design projects.
- Work as a team to carry out a project.