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History of LDT

The LDT Program’s true beginnings were in 1996, when Dean Rich Shavelson suggested that the Graduate School of Education should do more in the area of emerging technologies. Five faculty members – Brigid Barron, Robbie Case, James Greeno, Michael Kamil, and Decker Walker – met regularly to create a unique Masters’ Program focused on preparing professionals to design the future of learning. The faculty understood that the purposeful application of technology to learning problems required an academic rigor and an integrative team-based approach. The Learning, Design and Technology Program would tackle these challenges with a problem-based learning methodology, an internship in a real design environment, and a Masters’ Project focused on creating an actual learning technology.

From the initial announcement of the Program, LDT has attracted many outstanding students (in fact, the Program commenced a year earlier than planned to accommodate the high demand!) With strong support from the Dean and faculty, the LDT Program’s future is bright. Indeed, the Program has earned an enviable reputation for the excellence of its graduates and LDT students are warmly welcomed in classes in departments across Stanford. And it is these students who, with their effort and enthusiasm, are currently writing the next chapter in the history of LDT.