Service Learning Opportunities

The Instructional Design and Technology strand within the Curriculum and Instruction program offers its students a variety of service learning opportunities through field internships and courses focused on developing community-based educational media projects. These opportunities offer a mutual exchange between students who want to learn more about working in the community, and organizations that want to further their success through integrating instructional media and developing educational media products.

Community-Based Projects

Graduate students within Instructional Design and Technology participate in an advanced multimedia course where they can apply their multimedia skills from earlier courses to develop real educational multimedia projects for clients.  The class provides no-cost consulting to area organizations to develop or integrate new educational media into their programs.

The focus of the studio is:

  • To provide a meaningful learning experience for IDT students interested in working with community-based organizations
  • To provide assistance with designing and developing educational media products to local organizations participating in the experience.

Outcomes

Under the guidance of  faculty, teams of graduate-level students meet with the organization’s director or project manager over the ten-week academic term. During the initial meeting, students identify goals and objectives and discuss educational media strategies to achieve these goals. At the end of the term, the student team presents to the organization their final media products.

Past client projects include:

  • developing documentaries on social causes
  • creating multimedia animations to help audiologists
  • designing a virtual training space in Second Life
  • developing multimedia presentations to train volunteers working in third-world countries

To Request Assistance with an Educational Media Project

Organizations interested in having a graduate student team assist them in developing an educational media project, should complete the Project Request form.

Technology Internships

The Technology Internship is a hands-on,  field experience for graduate students seeking a master’s or doctoral degree in Instructional Design and Technology strand in Curriculum and Instruction.  The intern works in a school, museum, non-profit organization, or corporation to gain real-world experience in the field of Instructional Design and Technology.  Past interns have assisted Children’s Hospital in developing an online course, local schools in integrating technology into their curriculum, local companies in assessing their educational technology products, and many others.

To Request an Intern

If you are an organization interested in having a student as an intern, please complete the following Internship Request form, and we will do our best to find a student interested in working with you.

For more information about Service Learning at UC, go to the main page on Community Engaged Learning.