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 College of Education M.Ed. Core:

EDUC 630.  Inquiry in Education
EDUC 641.  Learning Theory and Instructional Models
EDUC 642.  Curriculum Theory and Issues

Educational Technology Core:

LTLE 560.  Foundations of Educational Technology
This introductory course provides students with a critical framework with which to assess the impact of technology on education. Students will examine the meaning of technology, discourses that construct technology, diffusion theory, and a variety of different social issues related to the use of educational technologies.

LTLE 565.  Educational Technology Management
This course will focus on how to organize and provide leadership in educational technology programs.  It is designed to provide a foundation for understanding educational technology management, including short and long range planning, project and resource management, and evaluation.

LTLE 570.  Design and Development of Digital Media
This foundational skills course introduces the processes for the design, development, and distribution of digital media elements. Concepts introduced include technical terminology; file management; computer-based learning, distance learning, and blended learning; the use of collaborative tools for learning; and practical applications in K12 and business. This course provides skills for future digital media development.

LTLE 580.  Developing and Critiquing Visual Literacy
This course will cultivate the ability to evaluate and create conceptual visual representations.  Students will practice the necessary critical attitude, principles, tools and feedback to develop their own high-quality graphics for learning and performance.  Topics also include the impact of visual literacy on the learning process related to instructional design, instructional technology, and information presentation.

LTLE 610.  Principles of Instructional Design
Examines the overarching process of instructional design as it relates to the design, development, and implementation of technology-based instruction. Instructional design models will be compared and contrasted, and students will be challenged to develop their own model that is appropriate for the given workplace. Includes discussions on design methodologies, principles, and instructional strategies.

Educational Technology Advanced (9 hrs required):

LTLE 611.  User Interface Design
This graduate course will explore the concepts of mental models and user-centered designs; visual design including but not limited to color, consistency, and iconic representation; layout, navigation and flow; affordances and constraints; principles of user interface design and universal design; cognitive load; and designing for transfer of learning.  Students will practice communicating with stakeholders and target users to make iterative design changes; and will apply appropriate methods and tools for usability testing, analysis and reporting.

LTLE 622.  Professional Development in Educational Technology
This course will focus on instructional models, strategies and assessment of professional development activities among instructional leaders of educational settings. Professional development is the bridge between where prospective and experienced educators are now and where they will need to be in order to meet new challenges in their profession.  System-wide planning, including relevant content, strategies, and organizational supports for educational technology will be emphasized.

LTLE 625.  Advanced Video and Audio Production
This advanced graduate course will address the pre-production, production, and post-production process of making educational videos.  The content is framed by discussions of critical media literacy, and the integration of video into modern learning environments for training and school applications.  Students will develop technical skills, hone artistic expression using message and design techniques, and will learn how video is used for research.  This is a “hands on” course where students will develop graded products, both individually and as part of a crew.

LTLE 631.  Data Visualization
Detailed study of different data visualization schema and techniques used to support instruction in a variety of areas.   Discussion of best practices in the design of data visualization and use of appropriate tools including image processing and geographic information systems.  Survey and analysis of the research base supporting the use of these tools in instruction.

LTLE 645.  Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds for Learning
This course explores modeling and simulation and their application in designing, developing, and implementing games and virtual worlds for instruction.  The goal of this course is to connect the theory of cognition and user interaction and apply them to develop engaging, effective instructional experiences in simulated environments.  Includes survey of appropriate formative and summative assessment schemes and discussion of socio-cultural implications of constructing or deconstructing reality in learning environments.

LTLE 650.  eLearning Design
This advanced graduate course will address the theories, principles, instructional strategies, and software applications used to create instructionally sound elearning programs.  The course content includes instructional design methodologies appropriate to the creation of e-learning programs, as well as the selection and utilization of media elements that support and enhance the learning process.  Students will develop skills in instructional analysis, instructional design, problem solving, project management, consulting, and teamwork while working with a variety of software applications to build a cohesive elearning program.  This applied course will require students to develop projects individually and as part of a design team.  Prerequisites are EDUC 641 Learning Theory and Instructional Models, LTLE 610 Principles of Instructional Design, and LTLE 570 Design and Development of Digital Media.

LTLE 655.  Evaluation of eLearning
This advanced graduate course will address the practice of eLearning implementation and the processes and tools used to evaluate its effectiveness.  Prerequisite:  LTLE 650 eLearning Design.