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Self-Design Track

The MS in Learning, Design, & Technology - Self-Design Track consists of 12 courses (36 credits) that are offered 100% online. 

Core Courses: MHE500, MHE505, MHE610, LDT605, LDT610, LDT620, LDT630, LDT650, LDT670
Elective Courses (Choose 3): LDT625, LDT626, LDT627, MHE622, MHE628, MHE630

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
LDT605 Learning Theory and Science 3

Learning theories have been guiding the development of learning experiences for decades. Whether we are focusing on the knowledge, skills and abilities of our students, the performance of task-oriented teams, or the adaptability of organizations to their constantly changing environments, theories abound based upon volumes of research. Cognitivism and Constructivism represent two of the more popular lenses for us to use as we design learning systems. But there is much to be gained by understanding the evolution of learning theory and, very importantly, the degree to which neuro-science and neuro-psychology are beginning to shape our thinking; reinforcing much of our theories, but challenging us to consider new paradigms as well. This course provides students with a solid understanding of the nature and scope of Learning Theory and Science.

LDT610 Design for Learning 3

Designing for learning is an iterative process. Using desired outcomes as our starting point, we consider a variety of learning experiences and a wide range of resources in order to achieve these outcomes. Very importantly, we recognize that with each iteration of our learning experiences, we, too, are learning. This course helps us write appropriately challenging and measurable learning outcomes. It helps us to select appropriate learning theories as we design learning experiences for different audiences. And it helps us to understand how formative as well as summative assessments, when used properly, can greatly enhance the learning experience over time.

LDT620 Learning Technology 3

Our designs for learning are grounded in learning theory, but are heavily dependent upon our ability to facilitate the learning process effectively, In this digital age, emerging technology can often enhance our effectiveness by making it easier for students to become actively engaged in the learning process. Learning technology includes computer-based learning and multimedia materials and the use of networks and communications systems to support learning. This course focuses on leading tools, applications and best practices for the use of available technology to enhance a wide range of learning challenges.

LDT625 Adaptive Learning 3

Adaptive learning uses computer-based or online learning to meet the needs of students by presenting material over time in response to student performance. This courses focuses on leading edge platforms that capture data and use learning analytics to enable human tailoring of responses. Students will learn best practices for designing adaptive learning modules, creating measurable content and learning experiences and utilizing available analytics to enhance the learning over time.

LDT626 Educational Game Design 3

Well-designed educational games are often built upon a foundation of adaptive learning principles allowing the learning to be tailored to the needs and skill level of the learners. By adding multi-media technology, relatable aesthetics and a competitive theme to the learning process, learning are motivated to persist through increasing levels of difficulty until mastery is achieved. This course provides a framework for designing educational games that build upon all prior learning in this program and encourage the development of intrinsic motivation. Advanced designs for the development of problem solving, decision-making skills and collaboration are examined.

LDT627 Optimizing Digital Portfolios (e-Portfolio) 3

e-Portfolios bring educational portfolios into the 21st Century. Students store and retrieve digital examples of their work in the e-Portfolios and reflect upon their learning throughout the learning process. In addition, e-Portfolios provide a window into each learner’s progress allowing leaders/facilitators of learning to provide student-centered formative assessment in a timely manner. Evidence of progress toward institutional learning outcomes is captured on a real time basis, allowing an organization to made mid-course or program corrections as needed to enhance the learning process. This course focuses on best practices for weaving an e-Portfolio into the learning process, encouraging leaders/facilitators to utilize the e-Portfolios for formative as well as summative assessment, and helping students to understand the long term benefits of e-Portfolios to the near term and longer term learning and career development process.

LDT630 Learning Assessment and Analytics 3

Learning assessment has been an integral part of the learning process for many years, but the digital age has made it possible to collect, analyze and report data more systematically than ever before. While learning outcomes are at the heart of most assessment programs, it is now possible to unobtrusively measure progress throughout the learning process. Dashboards and other visualization tools can be used to inform leaders/facilitators of the relative progress of individuals, teams, even entire organizations vs their learning outcomes - often on a real time basis. This course clarifies the best practices in Learning Assessment and Analytics and allows students to explore ways of incorporating these processes and capabilities into their learning design and processes.

LDT650 Learning, Design and Technology Studio I 3

Students will complete two or more LDT projects in which they design solutions for real life learning challenges for clients at Bay Path University or other institutions. One of these projects will serve as a Studio Capstone for the program (see LDT 670).

LDT670 Learning Design and Technology Studio II (Capstone) 3

Students will select one of their applied LDT projects as their Studio Capstone for the programs. Students will provide a thorough analysis of their Studio Capstone, including references to literature and learning from this program that informed each step in their project. In addition, students will complete their ePortfolios, providing evidence of their ability to use LDT and reflections on their learning from each of the ten content courses in the program.

MHE500 Introduction to Higher Education Administration 3

This course focuses on introducing the concepts of entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and diversity in the entrepreneurial experience. Entrepreneurial diversity is addressed from two perspectives, the types of entrepreneurial ventures and the demographic distinctions of people engaged in this experience. Demographic characteristics of age, gender, ethnic background, and disability are considered in terms of the potential for entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to employment and creative ventures. Topics such as entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and incubation of entrepreneurial ventures will also be discussed. The course also serves as the foundation for the MBA program dealing with a variety of subjects including business and academic writing, effective team work, and exploration of personal entrepreneurial opportunities.

MHE505 Organization and Governance of Higher Education 3

This course provides an overview of the organizational characteristics and processes of colleges and universities with an emphasis upon the governance structure, i.e., the process for making major policy decisions. Additionally, students will be introduced to the sources of power and influence typically found in academic organizations, along with the primary issues related to organization and governance of higher education.

MHE610 Higher Education Curriculum Development 3

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of curricula found in higher education. The course will briefly examine the historical and philosophical foundations from which current curricular models developed. Also included will be coverage of current practices in curriculum development in colleges and universities. Specific attention will be given to the role and impact of assessment and accreditation as related to curriculum development.

MHE622 Foundations of Online Learning 3

Provides an overview of the history, principles, philosophies, and pedagogy of online learning and how it differs from traditional face-to-face instruction. The role of the instructor, students, curriculum and technology will be closely examined. The applications of various learning theories, including adult learning theory, and their relationship to online education will also be explored. Students will evaluate the need for online learning opportunities and analyze the challenges associated with implementing online learning programs within an educational institution.

MHE628 Designing and Teaching Online Courses 3

This course provides students with an understanding of various instructional design approaches to online learning and their impact on students. Topics relating to backward design, developing assessments for the online classroom, constructivist teaching methods, and working with multiple intelligences and learning styles will also be examined. Students will apply their knowledge while developing engaging course content activities.

MHE632 Building Online Learning Communities 3

This course focuses on working with learners and communicating within an online learning environment. Topics covered will include synchronous and asynchronous communication and interaction, online, discussion facilitation strategies, developing clear course policies and expectations, engaging students in active learning, planning and managing group activities, strategies for working with difficult students, and developing a course community online. Effective course management strategies for the online classroom will also be explored. Students will examine the importance of clear, consistent communication in the online classroom.