Every student enrolled in the Educational Technology and Learning Design MEd program will take five core courses, plus a capstone, in addition to their specific concentration courses.
MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Core Courses
The potential of technology to support educational aspirations seems boundless. In the past twenty years, innovations previously only dreamed of have entered learning environments. This initial course overviews the landscape of learning with technology, analyzing key breakthroughs in technological integration while also examining noted missteps. It will introduce the program expectation of maintaining a balance of curiosity and skepticism with new technologies in order to better serve the needs of learners across the educational spectrum.
Effective educational technology use builds on the foundation of many operative learning theories commonly leveraged in most educational programs. Candidates will examine more closely the learning theories that have emerged in the last 30 years and evolved alongside the rapid deployment of educational technology, asking questions about the nature of cognitive load, the potency of multimedia design, and whether the human mind can be molded differently by the affordances of new tools.
The rapid development of new technologies — including social media, virtual and augmented reality, and artificial intelligence — has challenged educators to adapt their practice. This reality of teaching in a digital world is further complicated because in many cases, new technologies create as many problems as they portend to solve. This course conducts a review of the immediate past while also looking to potential future impacts of technologies in education.
This course explores a variety of lenses through which to evaluate instructional tools and environments. Candidates will both explore frameworks for understanding culture and equity in teaching — such as critical race theory and culturally responsive pedagogies — as well as discuss ways in which particular instructional tools and learning environments may provide access to equitable learning for diverse groups of learners. Discussion will primarily be centered on potential issues in candidates’ professional and learning contexts.
Educational technology research skills are critical to practitioners who will be tasked with serving as regional experts on the use of new technologies. This course provides an overview of a range of research methods that can be used for data collection, such as survey use and participant observation. Candidates will create their own evaluation scheme that they can use in their learning environment. They will be evaluated on their ability to assess different technologies.
MEd in Educational Technology & Learning Design Capstone
Candidates have the opportunity to develop a project, portfolio or even a technology to demonstrate their mastery of program components. They will use accumulated resources to create a comprehensive and summative assessment product. In some cases, it might make the most sense to craft a district-wide technology plan, while in others, the development of a portfolio of e-learning modules would be the most practical. Professors will work with candidates to create an appropriate summative experience.
Please note: Completing a Master of Education degree program does not lead to state certification or licensure. The MEd is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.