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Online Learning and Teaching Courses

OLTD 501 (3) Foundations of Online Learning

An introduction to fundamental learning theories, instructional design, delivery models and technologies as they apply to effective eLearning. Best practice for blended and fully online delivery is researched and applied. Creative tools support web-based learning activities, such as creating an ePortfolio to demonstrate understandings of the OLTD Program outcomes. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Program admission or permission of the instructor

OLTD 502 (3) The Digital Learning Continuum

An exploration of learning in digital environments. Current theoretical, pedagogical, and design principles are applied to a digital learning project. Examples include: designing a learning unit; implementing a digital learning strategy; writing a proposal, position, or academic paper; or researching a topic of interest to scaffold into the M.Ed degree. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 503 (3) Online Communication

Students investigate theoretical aspects of online communication and the practical skills of online facilitation. Research and theories regarding online communication are explored to develop understandings of related issues. Student-led seminars are used to allow learners to experience the benefits and challenges of online communication and the technologies that foster it. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 504 (3) Learning Systems

Students explore Learning Management Systems (LMS) for hosting and organizing online content. Collaborative investigations determine the capabilities of a "fully packaged" system. A set of non-LMS tools are developed to facilitate the design of a personal LMS. A variety of instructional delivery formats (i.e. screencasts, Google Workspace, etc.) are trialed. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 506 (3) Digital Responsibilities and Professionalism

This course examines and applies essential professional, ethical, and legal concepts guiding digital educators and trainers. Coursework explores crucial considerations of digital educational practice including digital professionalism, digital footprints, privacy, social justice, safety, information and misinformation, as well as context specific policies and procedures. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 508 (3) Game-Based Learning

Along with game-based learning (GBL) constructs, learning principles for well-designed video games are examined. Various types of videogames are explored and assessed regarding their effectiveness as learning tools in a variety of settings. Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to engage with content are explored, particularly as it relates to students, clients and employees. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 509 (3) Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies: Challenges and Opportunities

Students explore educationally significant emerging technologies and pedagogies and examine systems, change and leadership. Immersed in a Gamified Learning Environment, students investigate applications, benefits and challenges inherent in new technologies. Opportunities to develop personal frameworks for analyzing and handling new technologies and theories, sustainable change, and implementation challenges are provided. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 510 (3) Capstone Learnings

Cumulative knowledge gained throughout the OLTD program is synthesized. A literature review is conducted to support the design and development of either a Professional Development workshop or a M.Ed. Leadership project, as a precursor to further graduate studies. Learnings are demonstrated through an exit ePortfolio presentation. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 511 (3) Blended Learning

Using specific case studies, blended learning theories and their transformative role in face-to-face and online learning environments are investigated. Students apply instructional design theories and models to develop frameworks and create relevant blended learning opportunities. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.

OLTD 512 (3) Instructional Design

Specific learning theories and their implications for eLearning are investigated. Instructional design models are explored with the suitability and merit of each considered in relation to online learning contexts. Curriculum design, development of learning activities, authentic assessment practices and delivery formats are applied to support effective online course design. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Good standing (min. "C+") in each previous OLTD program course or permission of the instructor.