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The job of ranking the academic productivity of Universities is always a difficult one, and the results of which are invariably contested and fought over. Despite this, a team from the US has recently offered a ranking in the area of ‘Instructional Design and Technology’ that looks at a number of metrics and offers some thoughts on the field at large (West, Thomas, Bodily, Wright & Borup, 2016). One of their key metrics used to determine the outcome was to look at a selection of 20 of the discipline’s key journals, and to see which university produced the most papers in these journals. Looking at a period between 2005-2014, and a total of 1496 individual papers, our very own University of Sydney came a quite respectable 12th place.

While not quite a podium finish, we take the gold medal amongst Australian universities and place above a number of prestigious American universities. Not bad for little ol’ Sydney (the rough quantitative approach taken here favours larger universities).

West, R. E., Thomas, R. A., Bodily, R., Wright, C., & Borup, J. (2016). An analysis of instructional design and technology departments. Educational Technology Research and Development, 1-20.


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