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Online Learning and Teaching Courses

OLTD 501 (3) Introduction to Online Learning - Competencies and Environments (Ends Jan 2021)

An introduction to fundamental research, theories, design models, and technologies applied to effective online teaching. Students review program expectations and outcomes and define the infrastructure of informed practice for digital learning environments. Copyright, licensing, and appropriate use issues are considered. Learning supported objectives are investigated relative to a diversity of environments. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

Prerequisite: Program admission or permission of the instructor

OLTD 501 (3) Foundations of Online Learning (Effective Feb 2021)

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) Digital Learning Continuum (Ends Jan 2021)

An exploration of the continuum of learning that can take place in online environments from supplementing face-to-face class teaching to mounting hybrid/blended or fully online courses. Topics include comparing pedagogical approaches, creating and selecting resources, building levels of interactivity for learning, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and facilitating change. (7.5:0:0 for 6 weeks)

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

OLTD 502 (3) The Digital Learning Continuum (Effective Feb 2021)

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 (Ends Jan 2021)

Theories, models, and strategies are applied to inform best practice in online communication. Synchronous and asynchronous environments are examined. Tools, platforms, and applications are explored to scaffold learning. Strategies for moderating and facilitating effective online learning are presented. Communities of practice are established and applied to student achievement. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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 (Ends Jan 2021)

Students will explore learning management and content management systems for hosting and organizing online learning activity. Investigations will look at proprietary (e.g. Desire2Learn), open source (e.g., Moodle), and non-traditional systems (e.g., Web 2.0) regarding the pros and cons and technical competencies for the design of learning activities and course management. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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) Special Topics - Social Media (Ends Jan 2021)

Beginning with the underlying philosophy of Web 2.0, this course will investigate educational use of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), open and fenced systems, developmentally appropriate use of social media, digital footprint considerations, development of digital citizenship, as well as the evolution of supporting policy 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 506 (3) Digital Responsibilities and Professionalism (Effective Feb 2021)

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) Mobile Learning and Gaming (Ends Jan 2021)

Examining the underlying concepts driving the adoption of mobile and gaming technologies in education, this course will investigate potential devices/apps/games, issues (e.g. supporting infrastructure, management, digital divide), resource selection, integration in curriculum, and potential venues for creating mobile and/or gaming content for educational use. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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) Emergent Environments and Technologies (Ends Jan 2021)

Emergent and evolving learner environments and technologies will be examined. Frameworks for assessing, selection, and deployment will be developed. Educational application of tools (e.g., QR codes, Smartobjects, thin film displays) along with environments (e.g., augmented reality (AR), Second Life) will be investigated to enhance student engagement. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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 (Ends Jan 2021)

This capstone course synthesizes the cumulative knowledge gained throughout the program. Pedagogical strengths and challenges of various user environments are explored. ePortfolio projects are completed and presented which include a significant service component. A Masters Prospectus is developed as a precursor to further graduate studies. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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) Special Topics: Blended Learning (Ends Jan 2021)

Students will focus on blended learning theories and their potential role in brick-and-mortar and online learning environments. Current models of blended learning will be examined using specific case studies. Students will apply instructional design concepts to the creation of blended learning opportunities. Frameworks for blended/hybrid learning environments will be developed. (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 (Effective Feb 2021)

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 (Ends Jan 2021)

Students will investigate learning theories and their implications for online delivery. Instructional design models will be explored and the suitability and merits of each will be applied to specific learning contexts. Content design, presentation, development of learning activities, and authentic assessment practices will be applied to 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.

OLTD 512 (3) Instructional Design (Effective Feb 2021)

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.