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Courses-and-Descriptions

Program Core

This course will focus on the development of a framework for the Learning Design program that supports pedagogical diversity and innovation for formal and informal learning in the public and private sectors with a focus on new media.

Concepts of data analysis, distribution and probability, variance, and inference, data and their uses, and other statistical analysis techniques, with learning design applications in both business and education. EDFI 6410 may serve as substitute with advisor permission only.

Identification of problem areas and specific problems in learning design. Within current theories, research design and techniques, individual student problems are defined and developed. EDFI 6240 may serve as substitute with advisor permission only.

Directed study, investigation, and research in selected fields in Learning Design.

Program Synthesis

Plan I: Thesis

(3 credit hours for thesis proposal development)
Supervised independent research on delimited topic. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

(3 credit hours for research)
Credit for thesis study. A student may register for unlimited thesis credits with a maximum of six credits allowable toward degree requirements. The minimum acceptable total is three credit hours. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

Plan II: Comprehensive Examination

(3 credit hours for comprehensive examination preparation)
Supervised independent research on delimited topic. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

(3 credit hours for exam and oral defense)
Supervised independent readings in preparation for the master's comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

* 6 credit hours of LRND 6980 can also be taken to fulfill this requirement

Plan II: Major Project

(3 credit hours for comprehensive examination preparation)
Supervised independent research on delimited topic. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

(3 credit hours for the major project proposal development)
Supervised independent research on delimited topic. Generation of new knowledge as contrasted with a private reading course. Proposal for directed research must be approved by instructor/major advisor prior to registration. Prerequisite: LRND 6790.

Concentration Courses

Principles and procedures in measuring and evaluating programs, courses, student, and teacher behavior in career and technology education.

This course is a survey of instructional design and digital multimedia development and evaluation techniques for dissemination of content through the World Wide Web using various software applications.

The course is an introductory inquiry into the systematic design and development of instructional digital frame-based learning (or serious gaming as it is often called); use of game theory and principles applied to training and learning problems: and an overview of game-cased instructional design and development tools.

Inquiry into the systematic development of personal and adaptive learning environments through the integration of personalized learning environments (such as Second Life) and other Web 2.0 applications. We will discuss new and emerging learning styles, instructional design models, evaluation and strategies and way to personalize and energize learning. Many personalized and Web 2.0 technologies used in class.

This course will focus on theories and research regarding how people learn and think. This will involve explorations from a variety of different fields, including psychology, cognitive science, education, and (of course) technology. The concepts of personal learning environments, how humans perceive the world around them, how memories are formed, what motivates us to engage in learning-related activities, and how individual differences impact our learning and perceptions of the world around us. We will also explore social views of learning, how thinking and learning are influenced by the communities in which we are members, and how communication tools and information technology can be used to help communities of people learn and solve complex problems together.

This course provides an overview of established Leadership Theories and how selected theories can be applied to Learning Organizations so as to maximize productivity. The application of leadership practices in learning environments is the primary focus of this course. The unique impact of gender and culture on leadership will be examined.

On demand. This course will address selected topics such as regulations, legislation, curriculum, instructional technology, or personnel issues. May be repeated on approval of advisor.

Supervised study, selected problems, and/or tailored readings. Proposed program of study must be approved by instructor prior to registration. May be repeated to six hours.
Must submit an independent study proposal the semester before registration.

Placement within setting related to student's academic specializtion: training and development professional or technology education professional. Proposed fiels placement must be approved by major advisor prior to registration. May be repeated to six hours.
Must submit an internship proposal the semester before registration.

Workshops on current topics and issues within discipline. May be repeated.

Supervised practical field application or clinical experience offered on an individualized basis. May be repeated to six hours.

Resources and current research in the field of technical writing. Development of skills, awareness of reference and research tools relevant to technical communication.

Practical application of technical editing in industry, business and the sciences. Uses workshop approach.

Sources of curriculum; foundational bases for contemporary curriculum; forces that shape design and development of curriculum; and factors related to implementing, modifying, and evaluating curriculum. One-hour field experience embedded in the course.

Use of applied research methods to identify organizational effectiveness issues and to determine possible causes. Focus on measures of organizational effectiveness, hypothesis formulation, qualitative and quantitative research designs, and the role of empiricism in organizational change. Prerequisites: Prior academic preparation in accounting, finance, marketing, operations management and statistics.

Study of a particular topic in an intensive format. Topics vary. (1-4 credit hours)