EDCI 52800: Human Performance Technology*

(3 credit hours)

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

What causes a gap between the performance you expect, and what is actually occurring? How can performance be improved when training does not appear to be the solution? These questions face employers, administrators, leaders of non-profit organizations, and even educators each day. They often face instructional designers, who are asked to provide training, even when it is not likely to help. In fact, the vast majority of performance problems within organizations are not due to individuals’ knowledge or skills – indicating that training on its own will not be a successful solution!

Human Performance Technology (HPT) is a systematic approach identifying performance gaps in any type of organization, and coming up with solutions that actually address the actual root causes of those gaps. EDCI 52800 Human Performance Technology is an introductory survey course designed to give you a high-level overview of a range of topics within the area of Human Performance Technology.

What You’ll Learn in EDCI 52800
This course provides an introduction to the field of Human Performance Technology (HPT). It examines basic concepts and principles of human performance, the theoretical underpinnings of the field, research and application literature, and various approaches to solving human performance problems.

You’ll learn the systematic approach to the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of performance improvement interventions within organizations. The goals of the course are to provide you with the foundational and working knowledge you’ll need to become a professional in the field of performance technology.

Course Topics
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Theories and Strategies of Human Performance Technology
  • Measuring Performance
  • Unsatisfactory Performance Outcomes
  • Working in Instructional Design and Performance Technology

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of EDCI 52800 Human Performance Technology, you will be able to:

  • Identify the major theoretical underpinnings of the field of HPT.
  • Describe the relationship between the systematic development of instruction and HPT.
  • Analyze a human performance system in order to diagnose a performance gap.
  • Determine whether training, a non-training performance intervention, or a combination is most appropriate for a given situation.
  • Construct a systemic plan to address performance issue(s), including coordinated interventions and evaluation strategies.
  • Design appropriate interventions to address specific performance gaps.
  • Apply course content to your own professional life.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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To learn more about the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology curriculum from Purdue University, including Human Performance Technology, call (877) 497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.