Bachelor of Science – Learning Design and Technology
The online Bachelor of Science degree completion program in Learning Design and Technology at BGSU allows adults that have already started their careers to advance by learning how to integrate technology into their education and work experience.
There is no need to have a technology background. Students learn what employers need them to know.
- How does technology affect the workplace and society?
- How does technology affect my job?
- How does technology affect information flow?
- How can technology be used to manage and train employees?
- This online degree completion program combines Bowling Green State University and College of Technology education requirements with a core curriculum that includes the applied classes from any applied associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
In the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) program, students learn:
- Theory and communication skills
- Training program development
- New technology systems
- Technology systems management
How is an online program structured?All classes are completed online. Students are not required to come to campus. There is no set time to be online – you log on and complete your coursework whenever it is convenient for you. Classes are offered three semesters per year. Most eligible students working full-time can complete their degree in under 3 years by taking 2 classes per semester. Students must have a minimum of 123 semester hours to meet BGSU graduation requirements. A minimum of 40 hours of credit must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.Who should consider this degree?The Learning Design and Technology Online Degree Completion isn’t just for individuals in technology or those intending to be teachers or trainers! Any individual with an applied associate degree that has worked for at least 12 consecutive months is eligible for the program.Am I eligible?
The students in the program come from various lines of work:
- Fire fighters
- IT Professionals
… and more! All LDT students have established an area of knowledge by obtaining an associate's degree in varying applied technologies and are interested in increasing that knowledge by learning more about integrating technology into their existing work environment. The other common denominator LDT students have is they realize the importance of having a Bachelor's degree in order to advance their careers.What can I do with this degree?
If you have an applied associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and have worked for at least one year, you are more than likely eligible for the program.
If you do not have an associate's degree, we can work with you to obtain one online through BGSU Firelands or through a local community college.
If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact the program advisor.In the LDT program, you will learn skills that can be applied in virtually any type of work environment. An LDT degree will open just about any door you want to walk through. In an online learning environment, you will learn to integrate technology into the specific field of interest you already have. The program builds on your existing education expanding it to include technological management and education. And, because the degree is online, you control study time and work at your own pace. The program is fully accredited, and your degree will be a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University.
- Students must have a minimum of 123 semester hours to meet BGSU graduation requirements. A minimum of 40 hours of credit must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The BG Perspective (General Education) requirements and the College of Technology requirements can be transferred from other accredited institutions as part of your associate's degree or taken at BGSU.
Learning Design and Technology Requirements
The LDT program requires 9 courses to be taken at BGSU - 5 core and 4 electives. These courses are designed to supplement the student’s work experience and technological expertise with educational experiences in the following study skill sets:
- Computer-mediated communication
- Technology systems in organizations
- Transformational learning
- Understanding adult learning
- Project and program evaluation systems
- Organization and presentation of technical information
5 Core Courses (15 hours)Professional Electives - Choose 4 courses (12 hours)
TECH 3020 Technology Systems in Societies (3)*
Current issues and their relationship to technology and systems in various cultures throughout the world; emphasis on explaining technological behaviors, and on showing how technology permeates all human affairs. BGP in the social & behavioral sciences category, with an international perspective.
TECH 3000 Computer-Mediated Communications in Training and Education (3)
Introduces students to computer-mediated communications and its applications within training and education today. Focus is on the application of networking technologies and resources that support high-quality, interactive instruction in both face-to-face and at-a-distance learning environments.
TECH 3200 Adult Learning in Technological Settings (3)
Introduction to adult development theory and related implications for adult learning, design elements from assessment through evaluation and identification of roles and responsibilities of educators and learners in various environments.
TECH 4000 Supervisory Practices in Technological Settings (3)
This course considers essential differences between the basic levels of Leadership (Senior Management, Middle Management and Supervision) with the focus on supervision.
TECH 4100 Transformational Learning and Technology (3)
Developing an understanding of technology systems as political, economic, and social entities that have multiple goals; using that understanding as a framework for the development of educational adoption events that promote transformational learning during introduction and application of new technologies.Cooperative Education Requirements
Training and Development
TECH 4330 Instructional Design and Delivery (3)
The study of learning styles, reading levels, philosophies of learning and education, instructional delivery methods, instructional techniques, and evaluation instruments.
TECH 4320 Evaluation and Assessment within Technology (3)
Principles and procedures used in the measurement, evaluation, and assessment of educational programs involving individuals, groups, programs, and systems within a technology setting.
TECH 4310 Instructional Materials Development (3)
Instruction in the organization, design, preparation, and application of technology-based teaching materials. Emphasis is on the underlying theories of instructional materials selection and development, instructional design, visual communication, and instructional materials production processes.
TECH 4300 Development of Training Programs (3)
Design, production, and evaluation of training programs for industry and business. Job analysis, task analysis, instructional design, and cost analysis in development of training programs.
TECH 4210 Technological Forecasting (3)
Examining different technologies as they pertain to the information technology (IT) industry and additional industries; determining how these technologies will be used, what kind of demand there may be, and the positive and negative consequences of implementing them. BGP in the expanded perspectives category.
TECH 4220 Information Policy Analysis (3)
Developing an understanding of current and pending federal and state legislation that impacts the manner in which information (audio, video, and text-based) is disseminated; exploring the political, cultural, economic, and social aspects of these policies as they pertain to information and technology. BGP in the expanded perspectives category, with an international perspective.
TECH 4230 Digital Rights Management Perspectives (3)
Developing an understanding of current and pending rights models used to secure digital content; examining the implications Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes carry with them, and their impact on the flow of electronic information in modern societies. BGP in the expanded perspectives category, with an international perspective.
TECH 4240 Media Usability Studies (3)
Examination of the usability of computer-based device interfaces and the accomplishment of human tasks, thinking critically about how information is presented; attention to hardware and software user interfaces, user-centered evaluation processes, usability engineering, educational uses of computers and computer-supported cooperative work.
3 Co-Op experiences are required for all students in the college.
You will receive credit for Tech 2890 when you transfer your associate’s degree to BGSU. You do not have to complete a Tech 289 Co-Op experience.
Tech 3890 is taken as “Credit-By-Exam” (CBE). The CBE is basically a report evaluating your past work experience.
Tech 4890T is taken as an online portfolio applying the learning outcomes of the program to work experience.
College of Technology Requirements
- Academic Writing (GSW 1120)
- Computer Science Course (CS 1000, 1010 or MIS 2000)
- Algebra or Statistics (MATH 1120 or 1150)
- Public Speaking (COMM 1020, 2010, 2050, 2070, or 3060)
- General Psychology (PSYC 1010)*
- Minority Groups (cultural diversity general education course)*
- Technical Writing (ENG 3880 or BA 2030)
- Two free elective courses
General Education Requirements
- 2 natural science courses
- 2 social/behavioral science courses
- 2 humanities and arts courses
- 1 cultural diversity course
- 1 general education elective course
*Course also fulfills a general education requirement.
CLICK HERE for more information on transferring credits to BGSU.
- Step 1: Apply Online Step 2: Submit Transcripts
Complete the application form. There is a $40 application fee. Note: if for some reason all of your transcripts don’t arrive or you change your mind, another application and fee is required for the next semester.
Step 3: Contact the College of Technology
Click APPLY ONLINE NOW
Enter USERNAME and PASSWORD
Request official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended and have them sent directly to:
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete. At that point, email Sherri Orwick Ogden, Enrollment Services Manager, Online Specialist in the College of Technology Undergraduate Services office for account set up and registration instructions!