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Master of Arts in Education | Learning Technologies | Online Masters in Educational Technology  | Graduate Degree Program

Master of Arts in Education | Learning Technologies | Online Masters in Educational Technology

Ottawa University’s accelerated, online Masters degree in Learning Technologies combines excellence in technological and teaching methodologies with foundational coursework. This master's in education program was skillfully designed to engage you in the growing field of educational technology. Earn your educational technology degree from Ottawa University and learn how to implement new strategies and technologies in education. Our faculty is passionate about helping students develop a strong foundation in instructional design, learning theory, and innovative educational practices.

Master’s degree programs in education prepare educators to utilize high-level teaching methodologies and provide the tools to make work in the field of education more effective and efficient. This online master’s degree helps students explore emerging trends, create their own professional learning network, consider global perspectives in learning technologies, evaluate the efficacy of learning technologies, engage with professionals in the field, and develop a personal portfolio to document and showcase their learning.

Implement Positive Change

Do you have dreams of implementing postive change in the lives of  students or leaders? According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, there are five important ways educators can use technology to enhance learning:

  1. Technology can personalize learning to make the student experience more engaging.
  2. Technology can help instructors apply real-world challenges with a wide variety of digital learning devices and resources.
  3. Technology can move students beyond a physical classroom by using virtual opportunities to see museums, libraries, and other out-of-school settings
  4. Technology can help learners pursue passions and personal interests.
  5. Technology access can help close the digital divide and make learning opportunities available to all learners.

Education and Qualifications

Ottawa University's accelerated, online Masters degree in Educational Technology is designed for anyone interested in learning technologies, regardless of prior experience. Additionally, our coursework is specifically created for those who wish to advance their career as a learning technologist in any setting: education, business, government, or non-profit organizations. Accelerated coursework emphasizes self-directed, student-centered, and project-based learning and includes a two-credit practicum.

Curriculum

At Ottawa University, we strive to help you achieve your educational and career goals. Students who complete this concentration are equipped to:

  • Evaluate learning technologies for their potential and appropriate use in a variety of educational settings and scenarios.
  • Integrate learning technologies into curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Leverage appropriate learning technologies to meet the needs of a diverse learner population.
  • Extend learning beyond the classroom with blended and online modalities.
  • Develop standards-based, technology-supported learning environments and experiences.
  • Provide professional development for colleagues in schools, higher education institutions, or in business/non-profit environments regarding learning technology implementation and use.
  • Lead and work with others to develop a vision for learning technology integration in their organizations, including ensuring access, acquiring resources, and equipping users to be successful with learning technologies.
  • Experiment with new learning technologies and manage the uncertainties inherent in such practice
  • Stay abreast of emerging learning technology trends and engage in life-long learning as a learning technologies professional.

Courses

We understand the challenges that adult learners and busy students face, which is why we’ve made this program available online. Now you can earn this valuable online master’s degree in Learning Technologies on a schedule that works for you! Courses may include:

Foundation Courses

  • Foundation of Learning Theory Evaluate
  • Foundation of Education Explore
  • Foundation of Exceptionality
  • Foundation of Educational Research and Assessment
  • Master’s Research Project

Concentration Courses

  • Introduction to Learning Technologies
  • Foundations in Educational Technology Course
  • Practicum in Educational Technology
  • Master’s Research Project

Concentration Elective Courses

  • Games and Simulations in Education
  • Emerging Trends in Learning Technologies Course
  • Instructional Design for Technology-Mediated Learning
  • Teaching and Learning at a Distance

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Careers in Learning Technologies:

There is no question that there is high demand to stay on top of the latest technological advancements in learning. The following list highlights just a few of the career opportunities afforded with a degree in educational technology:

  • Instructional designers
  • eLearning developers
  • Multimedia designers
  • Learning/Instructional technologists
  • Learning and performance specialists
  • Course developers
  • Trainers
  • Instructional media developers
  • Technology coordinators
  • Evaluators
  • Online Learning specialist
  • Online teacher

Accreditations

  • HLC Accredited University

Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

  • NCATE Accredited Education Program

The National Association of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded Ottawa University accreditation of its Teacher Education program.

Why Choose Ottawa?

The courses in Ottawa University's Master of Arts in Education Learning Technologies program are completely online. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. Ottawa University conveniently offers courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. When you study online with Ottawa University, your campus is wherever you need it to be. No matter where you want to study, you will benefit from the support and expertise of our faculty members who are dedicated to your success.

See Also:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (KS)

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education | Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Arts in Education | Educational Leadership

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If you’re ready to move ahead in your profession or start a whole new career within the field of learning technologies, contact us today. We have enrollment advisors and faculty in the program ready to answer all of your questions and help you make an informed decision about the right program that fits your professional goals.

Master of Arts in Education: Learning Technologies (36 credit hours)

Concentration Courses (6 credit hours)

Introduction to Learning Technologies | EDC 7253 (1 credit hour) 
Overview of the field of educational technology in a variety of organizational settings.  Examines the role of the educational technology professional in various organizational models. Introduces requirements of the program.


Foundations in Educational Technology | EDC 7263 (3 credit hours) 
Course explores foundational elements required for study of educational technology, such as the history of educational technologies and their implementation worldwide, learning theories and their relationship to educational technology implementation, learning technologies terminology, and the relationships between learning technologies and power and privilege.

Practicum in Educational Technology | EDC 7273 (2 credit hours) 
Students engage in a learning technologies project that applies their learning in a school, business, or organizational setting.  Students must complete 40 hours of supervised work per credit, develop at least one artifact for inclusion in their Personal Portfolio that results from the practicum experience, and reflect on the experience (in writing or via another creative form approved by the instructor) in their Personal Portfolio. May lay groundwork for an applied project in EDF 8503 Master’s Research Project, but must be independent of that project.  Approval required before practicum begins.

Concentration Elective (15 credit hours)

A total of 15 elective credits must be taken. Select from the following plus an approved EDC elective.

Games and Simulations in EducationEDC 7313 (3 credit hours)
This course explores the history, current landscape, and future of gamification in teaching and learning for all ages and abilities. Students discuss learning theory as it applies to games, simulations, and virtual environments in teaching and learning. Additional topics including methods for evaluation of their effectiveness, potential ethical dilemmas, and socio-cultural ramifications of gamification of learning.

Emerging Trends in Learning TechnologiesEDC 7693 (3 credit hours)
Course explores emerging topics and trends in learning technologies, including technologies not originally designed for teaching and learning but that can be leveraged for this purpose.  Students explore use-cases for new technologies, examine and develop frameworks for evaluating new technologies and their relevance for the needs of their learners, and explore means for staying abreast of the ever-changing world of learning technologies.

Instructional Design for Technology-Mediated Learning | EDC 8413 (3 credit hours)
Students explore the impact of the integration of technology on instructional design. They examine how learning theory influences instructional design from a variety of perspectives: student-centered learning (including experiential learning), content presentation, learning activities, accessibility, and assessment. Students explore and apply a variety of instructional design models and evaluate the merits and suitability of each within specific learning contexts.

Teaching and Learning at a Distance | EDC 8423 (3 credit hours)
Students examine evidence-based practices in teaching and learning via various distance technologies and with various target audiences (e.g. K-12, post-secondary, and corporate/government/non-profit). Students explore online teaching tools, learning management systems, video conferencing systems, online collaboration tools, learner engagement theory and practice, issues of identity verification, assessment in an online environment, and individualized instruction.

Foundation Courses (15 credit hours)

Foundation of Learning Theory | EDF 7110 (3 credit hours) 
Evaluate key learning theories and environmental factors in relationship to student motivation, along with the behavioral and academic success of students. 

Foundation of Education | EDF 7210 (3 credit hours) 
Explore the historical and philosophical foundations of education in order to evaluate educational trends and create a personal philosophy of education while practicing the profession with intentionality. 

Foundation of Exceptionality | EDF 7310 (3 credit hours) 
A comprehensive investigation concerning the identification, support, and resources necessary for supporting families and children/students with exceptionalities. Utilizing a team-based approach, candidates will construct strategies for creating programs that advocate for and sustain an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. 

Foundation of Educational Research and Assessment | EDF 7410 (3 credit hours)
Evaluate the relevance of educational research to curriculum improvement, federal and state policies, systematic processes, and instructional and assessment strategies. Apply various research methods within educational environments at multiple levels. 

Master's Research Project | EDF 8503 (3 credit hours) 
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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