Instructional Project Design is a unique year-long course designed for advanced high school students, many of whom concurrently enroll in an educational design course at UM-Flint. The course focuses on the design, creation and implementation of web-based educational programs.
An IPD class meets at a local coffeeshop
Emphasis is given to designing web environments that encourage thoughtful and socially responsible interaction amongst peers, both online and offline. No prior programming experience is presumed, but basic computer and Internet literacy are prerequisite.
In IPD, students are challenged to:
- Gain a better understanding of the complex relationships between education, technology, and "content";
- Work collaboratively with team members and educational "clients" to achieve project goals;
- Design, construct, and implement sophisticated web-based environments for educational and/or socially responsible purposes; and
- Gain experience in using technology to address real-life instructional needs.
IPD projects are made for real clients with real, pressing needs. They have included the Michigan legislature, diplomats at The United Nations, hospitals, art galleries, museums, and other civic, cultural and educational institutions.