Master of Science in Computer Education & Cognitive Systems
This 36-semester-hour program, available online, is designed for students to gain a foundation in learning and educational technologies to enhance and deliver the learning experience. Courses focus on the study, analysis, design and integration of the use of technology to deliver instruction in various settings. In addition to the Master of Science (MS) degree several Graduate Academic Certifications are available with 9 to 12 hours of study.
Graduates of the program are prepared for dynamic roles in Instructional Technology and Learning Technologies in both academic and corporate settings. Instructional technology is widely used in both of these environments today. This program provides tracks in Instructional Systems Technology (IST), Instructional Systems Design (ISD), Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) or Learning and Assessment Technologies (LAT).
The program prepares students to work in settings where they can
- design courseware and media to support teaching, learning and training.
- design and manage instructional systems and cyberinfrastructures.
- analyze then solve educational and instructional technology issues.
During their coursework, students work collaboratively and individually as participants and practitioners to identify and solve instructional and educational questions and issues. They will use a variety of technology to assist them in the construction of instructional systems that are delivered in a variety of ways: e-learning, technology-based learning environments, distributed learning paradigms, computer-mediated communication, and telecommunications. Graduates of the program will
- be able to create instructional systems for learners based on knowledge of human information processing.
- be able to describe the principles, theories, applications, and current trends in instructional and educational technology and predict the impact of these theories and trends on newer technologies.
- demonstrate the ability to select and use appropriate forms of technology (desktop publishing, learning management systems, multimedia, social media and video technology) to enhance teaching and learning.
Instructional Systems Technology
The Instructional Design and Systems Technology (IST) track is designed for professionals in corporations, education and the military. This track provides theoretical and research foundations, tools and experience in instructional technologies and systems. Students are immersed in creating, managing and evaluating instructional systems and media. They demonstrate these competencies throughout their course work on different systems, technologies and media in various applications. Graduates of the IST track are prepared to work in educational and instructional technology areas as developers, directors or evaluators of instructional design projects, processes, and outcomes in corporate, higher education, K-20 and other instructional and training environments. The track offers two specializations in Instructional Systems Design and Distance and Distributed Learning.
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) is designed for educational professionals serving in administrative, teaching or research capacities in a variety of educational settings. This track focuses on theoretical foundations, technology skills, technology integration strategies for teaching and learning, active research, innovations in technology and paradigms for effective online delivery assessment. The degree emphasizes application-oriented technology skills that are valuable for independent study and research, classroom teaching, personal and professional projects. Graduates of the TLT track are prepared to work with the latest educational technologies and effectively use learning technology to improve teaching and learning. This program track enables professionals to select and evaluate appropriate technology tools based on the needs of students and curricula. The track offers specializations in Technology Integration, Technology and Autism, Technology and Brain Based Learning and Emerging Technologies. The TLT track specifically builds skill sets that empower you to work in educational positions in K-20 and higher education.
Instructional Systems Design
The Instructional Systems Design (ISD) program track is for professionals entering the area of instructional systems design. Instructional systems design is the practice of maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency and appeal of instruction and other learning experiences. The process consists of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction and creating instruction to assist in the transition. The process is informed by pedagogically tested theories of learning. Graduates of the ISD track are prepared to work as an instructional systems designer in academic or corporate settings.