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What is HP and T?

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The Human Performance and Training at GSU offers a Master's of Arts degree. This program requires 36 credit hour to graduate.

The mission of the Human Performance and Training (HPT) program is to develop students’ skills in assessing organizational employees’ performances, determining performance gaps, designing and delivering training and non-training interventions, and evaluating results. We achieve this goal by keeping up with corporate trends such as delivering classes online, using the latest technologies, delivering classes via a variety of formats, and assessing students’ performances using real world methods. The goal of HPT is to produce employable students who are so well educated in performance technology that they are able to start immediately on the job with little training or supervision. We also mold our students to act professionally, demonstrate initiative, ask questions, and produce the best work possible. At the end of their tenure within the HPT program we hope to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as raise their efficacy in their overall abilities. The overall objectives of HPT are in alignment to the fundamental competencies established by the Illinois Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI)


To obtain more information about the HPT program, please view the online module linked below. While this  module  is designed for the students in the  introductory class, it also can benefit potential students by seeing how classes are delivered, what to expect from this program and more. 

To view the module, click here


Students will be able to:

1. Communicate successfully.            

2. Implement instructional design research and theories into their work.

3. Enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes in instructional design.

4. Address legal issues as it relates to designing training.

5. Carry out a needs assessment.

6. Design a training workshop. 

7. Implement a variety of instructional design techniques into training interventions.         

8. Identify learner characteristics.

9. Identify environmental characteristics.

10. Implement appropriate technologies to deliver training   interventions.

11. Implement appropriate task analysis techniques.

12. Design instructional materials to close performance gaps.          

13. Evaluate training.

14. Strategize instructional design projects.

15. Implement instructional design projects.

16. Work as a team to carry out a project.



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