Principles of Human Performance Technology – EDUC 732

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course addresses instructional design through human performance technology. It examines the gap between what human performance is occurring within an organization and what human performance should be occurring. Students will learn about human performance technology and identify solutions to address performance gaps within learning environments.




The field of human performance technology (HPT) is having a significant impact on learning environments of all varieties (corporate, military, higher education, etc.) in general and specifically on the applications of educational technology, e-learning and the online classroom. The 21st century educational technologist must have a clear understanding of the concepts and applications of HPT in the discipline.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

    1. Apply knowledge of terms associated with human performance technology.
    2. Synthesize concepts regarding the effect of human performance technology use on educational practice by critically engaging current literature.
    3. Critique and Compare the literature regarding the application of human performance technology and within the field of educational technology.
    4. Write and review a research paper dealing with the application of human performance technology withing the field of educational technology.
    5. Prepare a presentation based on the research paper dealing with the application of human performance technology withing the field of educational technology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Candidate Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Comparative Critique of 5 Articles (3)

The candidate will write three comparative critiques of 5 articles each. The first critique will address articles in the general category of human performance technology. The second critique will address articles that specifically deal with the application of human performance technology in a learning environment. The final critique will address articles dealing with the application of human performance technology with educational technology. Each of these three comparative critiques must be at least 4-6 pages in addition to the title and reference pages. The critique must be submitted as a Word document in APA format, however, an abstract is not required.

HPT Research Project: Paper

The candidate will review an assigned classmate’s research paper using a provided rubric. Assessment is expected to be professional, thorough and accompanied by substantive feedback.

HPT Research Project: Presentation

The candidate will prepare a presentation based on the research paper and providing the practical application of the influence of human performance technology on the use of educational technology. The presentation will be submitted as a 30 to 40 minute video. The video should be recorded as narration accompanying the use of a presentation software such as PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc. The presentation must be supported by the literature, however, citations can be in the form of simply mentioning the source in the narration. A reference list must provided at the end of the presentation. The video recording of the presentation must be submitted by embedding it in Blackboard.