Master of Arts in Education, Distance Learning

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Distance Learning Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


EDU 5101 Learning Theory
This course focuses on human learning theory and systems. It explores historical and theoretical views of human learning throughout the developmental lifecycle. Students will address the factors that contribute to individual differences in learning. Students will investigate the major theories concerning the learning process and explore the implications. Students will analyze and apply research in the field through a combination of critical discussions, case studies, journaling, interviews, and written assignments.

EDU 5200 Law, Ethics, & Equity in Education
This course addresses the ethical and legal issues confronting the practicing educator. Students learn and apply principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of educational practice specified by state and federal laws. Special focus is placed on equity and rules governing educational institutions and systems.

EDU 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students will better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

EDU 5260 Issues & Trends in Teaching & Learning
This course addresses the shift from the pedagogy of instructor-led, classroom-based instruction to just-in-time, project-based, collaborative learning. It addresses technology integration, the acceleration of knowledge creation, the changing definition of school, and the shift in authority from the institution to the learning community. The course addresses the issues of accountability, equity, access, privacy, fair use, and protection of children.

EDU 5280 Emerging Trends in Technology & Distributed Learning
In contrast to classroom-based learning, the use of mobile, hybrid, and online platforms are emerging as important forces in teaching and training in both education and industry. Students will explore emerging technologies that support student learning, accessibility, and social learning.

EDU 6305 Foundations of Distance Learning
Distance learning is on the rise and the trend is projected to continue. This course explores the key factors of access, efficiency, and economy as they have influenced the history of distance learning. Emphasis will be placed on how distance learning will continue to evolve into a dynamic force during the 21st century, not only in academia, but other realms.

EDU 6315 Developing & Managing the Distance Learning Infrastructure
This course is an exploration of the relationship between training and technology. It will guide students through an exploration of three key components critical to the development of technology solutions based on the addressed needs of the institution: hardware, software, and training. The course will also explore learning support, operations scalability, and sustainability.

EDU 6345 Tools & Technologies in Distance Learning
Cutting edge technologies are affording opportunities for learning innovations. This
course explores technological advances that can be leveraged for educational purposes, including social media, games and simulations, digital storytelling, open source initiatives, and massive open online courses (MOOC). The ability to develop and leverage these resources for learning along with the ability to analyze the issues associated with the use of these technologies in a learning community will be stressed.

EDU 6359 Implementing Technology Solutions Capstone*
This capstone course addresses the analysis of educational situations for potential technology support and addresses pedagogy that supports distance learning. The course prepares candidates to match needs of instructors, diversity of students, and characteristics of the instructional content to the appropriate technology solutions, and apply their learning through an integrative project.

Total Credits 30

* This course may not be transferred in.

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