As a second year HPT student, you delve deeper into the instructional design and performance technology models by studying various needs assessment and task analysis tools.
For example, you complete a mini front-end analysis for a web training assignment on a task analysis technique. For that assignment, you write and administer a survey and write a task listing to help you create an effective training workshop.
Survey Example- see right
Task Listing Example- see below
Second year students also study how to evaluate training programs. You learn how to create reliable and valid reactionnaires, self-efficacy instruments, knowledge exams, subjective norms, behavioral intentions, actual behavior instruments, and more.
Reactionnaire with built-in Simutaneous Pre and Post Self-Efficacy Instrument
Second year students also work on live consulting projects at for-profit or non-for-profit orgnaizations. This exerperience allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned so far. Students design a project for the organization, which may be a: needs assessment, a job aid, a training, or a training evaluation. Students contract with their clients. They then design and deliver their products. Additionally, they evaluate their products to determine if they are indeed effective. This experience also prepares them for their project classes, which are the last classes students take before graduating.
At the end of the second or third year (depending how many classes a student takes), a student completes his or her HPT experience with an advanced field class and a final project class. A student works with real client to complete these two classes. During the advanced field class, a student carries out one aspect of the instructional design model. Thus, this project is larger than what was completed in the consulting class; yet, smaller than the final project class. During the final project class however, the student carries out the entire instructional design model, including 3 to 8 hours of training.
To view the syllabi for the final project class, click here.
As you can see, students who pursue a graduate degree in the field of Human Performance and Training develop business skills that make them marketable in many fields including: instructional design, performance technology, management, education, etc.