This page is for current students, or prospective students, in the Instructional Psychology and Technology department.
What I Wish I Had Known When I Was a Graduate Student
An invited presentation in the Brigham Young University Instructional Psychology & Technology graduate seminar on October 14, 2009. [PDF]
Courses to Take as Prospective Students
We are frequently asked what courses to recommend to prospective students. Any class will do, really, but especially IPT 520 (Foundations of Instructional Technology) and IPT 515r (Academic Writing – a prerequisite course). You can transfer in 9 credits into your degree if you are accepted.
Learning About the Faculty
An excellent way to get to know many of the faculty is to come to our IP&T Seminars, every Wednesday during the Fall/Winter semesters at noon. We have guest speakers come and present to our students. Afterwards, at 1 p.m., we have “soup Wednesday,” and you would be welcome to break bread with us and talk to us and the students about your interests in the program! You can of course also learn about many of the faculty interests by perusing their websites.
Paid Teaching and Research Assistantships
Resources to Learn About the Field of Instructional Design
Here are some links to help you become familiar with the people, communities, careers, and trends in the field.
- Places to search for jobs from Trey Martindale
- Be sure to also sign up for the IPTGrads listserv with our secretary, and join our BYU Alumni/Student Google+ group. We post job opportunities in both places.
- Professional Organizations. Many of us are members of AECT.
- Professional Conferences from alumni Richard Culatta
- Theory Into Practice database of learning theories, hosted by Richard Culatta
- I maintain a Diigo group for students interested in Academic-related jobs. I post information about academia, finding and getting a job, and getting tenure.
Information from alumni about the field of IPT
If you are a student or alumni of our department and have a post on your blog that you think would help our students, let me know and I’ll link it here!
- To those considering the IPT Department: http://danrandall.com/to-those-considering-the-ipt-department-at-byu/
- Networking Strategies for Conferences by Abby Hawkins
- Academic Experience of a Lifetime by Jered Borup
IPT Advising Group
I maintain a Diigo group for students with resources to help you prepare for your career, as well as resources for being successful as a student now. It mostly talks about careers in academia, but must of the information transfers to other careers too, including information about interviewing, salary negotiation, salaries, etc. There are also many links and articles related to effective graduate school writing. You can go to this link and request membership and set up your settings to send updates by email.
Example Online Portfolios
These are some example online portfolios to give you an idea of how you might do yours. Some are by students just beginning their doctoral work, some by more advanced students, and some by professionals. Please help populate this list by sending me examples that you think are good.
- George Veletsianos
- Greg Francom (Google Sites)
- Jennifer Maddrell
- Erika Mayweather
- Royce Kimmons
- Cory Johnson
Here are some less effective examples of online portfolios!
Examples from past IP&T Students