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M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology - Course Descriptions

As of May 31, 2016, Anna Maria College has decided to focus on its on-ground MEd program and is no longer accepting applications to the online MEd program. If interested in the on ground MEd offerings, please contact Joanne McDonnell at 508-849-3419 or                

M.Ed. Online Courses

Technology Rich Teaching Focus

This M.Ed. online program consists of ten flexible courses designed so you can confidently meet your educational goals and be equipped to help businesses, schools and government do the same. Asynchronous online classes allow you to watch lectures on your own time while networking one-on-one with instructors and fellow students. Ideal for working professionals with demanding schedules, our 30-credit hour M.Ed. online degree can be earned in as few as 18 months.

Coursework for the online Instructional Design and Technology focuses vigorously on education-enhancing technologies and digital strategies. In most courses, students complete assignments with a focus on subject matter knowledge and pedagogy based on the subject matter knowledge specific to the field/grade level of their teaching license or workplace requirements.

Program Curriculum
Course Number Course Name Credits
MCI 600 Learning Theories 3 credits
MCI 605 Teaching and Training with Technology 3 credits
MCI 610 Multicultural Perspectives 3 credits
MCI 615 Leveraging Technology to Differentiate Learning 3 credits
MCI 620 Assessment and Evaluation 3 credits
MCI 625 Creating Digital Content 3 credits
GRS 600 Ethics 3 credits
MCI 630 Integrating Technology 3 credits
MCI 635 Capstone I - Educational Research 3 credits
MCI 640 Capstone II - Action Research Course and Presentation 3 credits

MCI 600 Learning Theories
MCI 600 introduces material of the major theorists who have contributed to the study of learning, particularly to the understanding of adult learning and training. Students examine how contemporary learning theories, models, and approaches have evolved from historical perspectives on learning and the influences of traditional learning theories. From such theoretical frameworks, students will identify the theories and approaches which support a personal philosophy of teaching and learning and which provide applications of principles and concepts in teaching and training settings.

MCI 605 Teaching and Training with Technology
MCI 605 provides an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching with common computer, network technology and information and communication technology tools. Its design is based on the understanding that many of these tools have multiple capabilities that can support a wide range of instructional pedagogies. As such, the emphasis of this course is on how to enhance and even extend pedagogical strategies through the use of information and communication technology, instead of adapting one’s pedagogy to meet technology-based requirements.

MCI 610 Multicultural Perspectives
MCI 610 uncovers the breadth of topics pertaining to multiculturalism and its effect on best practices for instructors and learners. Students explore the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism, and the major issues, misconceptions, and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society. Students explore strategies for change to promote equity, respect, and inclusion for all cultural groups with consideration to how ethnicity, race, gender, socioeconomic status, exceptionality, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation influence ethical beliefs, perceptions and behaviors.

MCI 615 Leveraging Technology to Differentiate Learning
Learners are unique individuals who require potentially unique methods to study and learn. However, with growing class sizes, teachers and trainers are finding it a challenge to reach each individual. This course illustrates how the concepts of the Universal Design For Learning (UDL) and technology can work together so that all teachers and trainers can create flexible, individualized curricula that can facilitate differentiation and support all learners, regardless of variability.

MCI 620 Assessment and Evaluation
MCI 620 examines assessment (a measure of learner success) and evaluation (a measure of process) as they relate to teaching and learning. Students explore how assessment and evaluation is integrated into the process of teaching and apply that knowledge by developing an assessment plan and a variety of assessment activities and tools. This course provides the opportunity to use formative evaluation to test and obtain feedback from peers and potential learners, and examine a variety of web 2.0 tools available for assessment and evaluation.

MCI 625 Creating Digital Content
MCI 625 covers the concept of digital course content for classroom teachers and corporate trainers. Students develop the skills and abilities to create digital course content in multiple file formats for multiple devices that are applicable to specific classroom or training activities. Distribution of digital course content is also explored; students develop an understanding of digital content distribution through various web-based/cloud storage and distribution platforms.

GRS 600 Ethics
GRS 600 examines the intellectual and theoretical perspectives that form ethical theory and practice within the Judeo-Christian and liberal arts traditions.

MCI 630 Integrating Technology
MCI 630 explores technology integration strategies within K-16 and corporate network computing environments. Students examine technology integration techniques using various application tools, instructional software, productivity software, and the Internet. Course framework also allows students to identify relative advantages for choosing technology integration strategies and resources to draw upon in developing personalized “Instructional Philosophy - Technology Integration Plans.

MCI 635 Capstone I —Educational Research
With guidance from experienced researchers, curriculum writers, educational practitioners and project coordinators, students who enter the Capstone courses will examine and evaluate various research methodologies, then focus on applied research. The Capstone courses are designed to take the students’ passions and talents for education and help them generate and examine questions related to issues and practices in their fields. In Capstone I, students practice research skills, create a project with a clear design, plan the implementation, and report on current contributions in research and methods related to their research projects.

MCI 640 Capstone II – Action Research Course and Presentation
The purpose of this Capstone course is to engage students in completing a critical inquiry project or practical hands-on project by allowing students to choose between completing chapter IV and V of a research project started in Capstone I, or to choose to create a hands-on project that meets a need in the educational community. Though this is an online course, video presentations of steps in project development will allow participants to show and demonstrate hands-on projects. Collaboration among practitioners, administrators, researchers, and other professionals through action research, projects and presentations will inform, enhance and motivate learning communities.

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