Category 1: Pedagogy/Theory (6 credits)
Pedagogical/theoretical considerations relate to how students learn in different contexts and environments. For example a critical issue in online learning is high student attrition. An understanding of learners’ self-efficacy and self-regulated learning skills and psychological constructs can help shape learning strategies and technological approaches that address student retention (Evaluation of Evidence-based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
- PSQF:6205 (07P:205) Design of Instruction
This course deals with pedagogies, theoretical foundations of learning, relevant research and best practices related to the process of instructional design. It provides a broad overview of the process used to design, develop, implement, and evaluate effective instruction.
- PSQF:6211 Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Instruction.
By the end of the course students will understand how to incorporate the concept of Universal Design for Learning and assistive technologies into online learning. Design considerations promoting universal access, developing multiple representations of learning materials that benefit all students and understanding the legal requirements of accessibility and technical accommodations will be covered.
Category 2: Tools and Utilities (3 credits)
Choices and uses of technological tools and utilities directed by learning theory guide the affordances of particular media and instructional strategies, for example, the relative advantages of synchronous versus asynchronous technologies for learner collaboration and reflection.
- PSQF:6216 Tools and Utilities for Online Teaching
In this course students will be able to research, evaluate, select, learn, and apply appropriate technologies Technology lessons, which will be drawn from a variety of sources, will be customized according to students’ interest areas and in line with the type of technology used in the communities to which they provide instruction.
Category 3: Capstone (3 credits) Practical/capstone
considerations are realized as students gain mastery through a project-based approach that involves applying learning theory and online technologies en route to programming a unit of instruction. Also necessary are applied practical considerations such as analyzing the cost-effectiveness and efficiencies of the strategies and technological methods employed (Evaluation of Evidence-based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
, U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
- PSQF:6215 (07P:215) Web-based Learning
This capstone course melds theory and practice for designing and delivering online instruction. The online course culminates with a capstone project requiring students to apply technologies and create and pilot test an online unit of instruction for their instructional/teaching audience(s) shaped by learning theory.