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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information and Learning Technologies MA


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Telephone: 303-315-6300
Fax: 303-315-6311
E-mail: education@ucdenver.edu
Website: www.ucdenver.edu/education 

Faculty

Information about Information ILT faculty is available online at www.ucdenver.edu/education.

Master’s Degree

The Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) master’s program helps people design and use various tools and media for learning, teaching, and professional leadership. Applying sound principles of learning, instructional and media design, and professional development, you will integrate a variety of learning strategies and technologies-such as digital media, eLearning, digital storytelling, social media and networking, games, and smart and mobile tools-into your educational responsibilities in school and workplace settings. Throughout the program you will engage in assessment and evaluation activities to improve services,  be accountable for outcomes, and develop professional identities as thought leaders in your professional communities of practice.

The ILT master’s program has three tracks from which to choose based on your professional goals:

  • The Instructional Design and Adult Learning track prepares people to work in adult learning settings such as business, higher education, healthcare, nonprofits or government.
  • The eLearning Design and Implementation track prepares people to teach and facilitate learning in eLearning environments and prepares people to develop online courses, experiences, and digital learning materials.
  • The K-12 Teaching track helps teachers integrate technologies into schools and classrooms with a focus on supporting student learning and improving teaching practices. Licensed teachers may apply for an added endorsement in instructional technology through the Colorado Department of Education upon K-12 program and exam completion.

Technology Expectations

The ILT program uses computers and related technologies either as a focus of or a tool for learning, teaching, and professional development work. Students are expected to use their campus email accounts and check them frequently. Students need convenient, consistent, and reliable access to Internet-connected computers. In addition to textbooks, software purchases may be required or recommended for specific courses.

Program Requirements

Instructional Design and Adult Learning

In this track, you complete 30 graduate semester hours of coursework from a set of core courses and approved electives within the ILT program. This track is designed to help you develop skills for creating quality instructional materials and professional-learning experiences that help adult-learning audiences learn and perform better on the job; throughout the program, you will apply learning, instructional design (ID), and professional-development principles to the creation of digital and web resources, multimedia presentations, job aids, and online-learning modules. These skills are in high demand in corporate, healthcare, government, non-profit, and higher education settings. You will experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork as you develop expertise in core ID skills: creating curriculum, evaluating program quality, encouraging innovation, and leading organizations toward productive change and growth. Like all ILT students, you will create an online portfolio–referred to as a base camp–that helps you establish your professional web presence and digital footprint as a thought leader and showcase your instructional-design accomplishments to employers and other professionals. The entire program takes about two years to complete.

Please consult the ILT Current Student Resources website for complete program requirements.

eLearning Design and Implementation

In this fully online track, you complete 30 graduate semester hours of coursework from a set of core courses and approved electives within the ILT program. The focus of this track is on the planning, design, development, delivery, facilitation and evaluation of digital and online learning resources, experiences, and programs for higher education, K-12, and professional-learning (corporate, healthcare, government, non-profit) audiences; throughout the program, you will apply learning, instructional and media design, and professional-development theory to the creation of digital and online instructional products and experiences. You will experience interactive learning, hands-on projects, and collaborative teamwork while learning to create quality eLearning products and experiences and while encouraging innovation and positive change within your workplace. You will create an online portfolio–referred to as a base camp– that helps you establish your professional web presence and digital footprint as a thought leader, showcase your accomplishments, and share your work with your professional communities of practice. The entire program takes about two years to complete.

Please consult the ILT Current Student Resources website for complete program requirements.

K-12 Teaching

Students in this ILT track may select a 30graduate semester hour MA and/or an endorsement program in instructional technology (24graduate semester hours). For the full Master of Arts degree, you complete coursework consisting of a required core and approved electives. Courses in the K-12 option focus on the practical needs of teachers in their integration of technology and on ways to give leadership and professional-development opportunities to your school and district. The plan of study is accredited by NCATE and AECT [SR1] and is designed in line with standards of the Colorado Department of Education. You will create an online portfolio–referred to as a base camp–that serves as a learning resource for your students, colleagues, and other professionals. Licensed teachers may complete an endorsement-only program in instructional technology consisting of 24 graduate semester hours. In addition to coursework, a passing score on the Instructional Technology PLACE content exam is also required to apply for the endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education.

Note: The courses in this program are fully online with exception of one blended-learning course. Please consult the ILT Current Student Resources website for complete program requirements.

Comprehensive Examination for all ILT Students

The comprehensive exam consists of a professional portfolio–referred to as a base camp–wherein students demonstrate program competencies through work products and related accomplishments. The base camp is created throughout the ILT program and submitted for faculty review during the final semester. For more information, see the ILT Current Student Resources website.

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