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RIT Office of Instructional Development records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0133

Scope and Contents

The RIT Office of Instructional Development records contain correspondence, reports, promotional materials, a program proposal, a survey, several articles, and miscellaneous information on the department and its activities such as a handout on the office's faculty fellowship program. The correspondence in the collection consists mainly of memorandums. There are several reports including one that contains department objectives and job descriptions and information on personalized systems of instruction. The collection also contains a promotional packet on "Instructional Technology Day," several brochures, a blank student opinion survey on televised instruction, and a proposal for a program in audio-visual communications.


  • Creation: 1970-1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Around 1970, the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) administration created the Division of Instructional Development and Planning. One of the units under this office was the Division of Instructional Research and Development; this department was later named the Office of Instructional Development (ID). According to one brochure, the purpose of the office was to "search out and implement ways of improving the overall process of instruction at RIT...through cooperative planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of learning systems appropriate to the Institute." Led by Richard Zakia, the office oversaw several other departments including the Media Design Center (later named the Media Production Center), Instructional Television Center, Instructional Resource Laboratory, and Research Center. As of 2011, the types of services rendered by the Office of Instructional Development were provided by the ETC Production Services department.


.5 Linear Feet (2 folders in 1 document box with other collections)




Records of the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) Office of Instructional Development, previously named the Division of Instructional Research and Development. The department oversaw various other departments that provided media products and services to the RIT community. The collection contains correspondence, reports, promotional materials, and other miscellaneous items.


Materials are arranged chronologically and are contained in two folders.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

RIT Office of Instructional Development records
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
21 March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA