Educational Technology & Learning Design MA, MEd
This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings. Classes tend to be held on our Surrey campus.
The MEd and MA programs follow blended delivery models that combine in-person and online activities. In-person classes are held on evenings or weekends to accommodate employed students at our SFU Surrey campus. Core courses are generally held Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Students who do not work full-time off campus may take up to two core courses per term to speed their completion. Students who work full-time are encouraged to register in no more than one course per term.
After MA students complete the required course work, they write and defend an original research-based thesis with supportive guidance by a faculty member.
MEd and MA students complete:
Fall EDUC 890-4 Educational Media as Foundations of Curriculum
Educational Media as Foundations of Curriculum
Provides a historically-grounded treatment of the constructive role of technologies in the transmission and production of cultural knowledge and understanding. Students develop a grasp of the ways in which technologies have mediated and transformed the nature of knowledge, the knower, and processes of coming to know.
Spring EDUC 891-4 Learning Design in Technology-Mediated Environments
Learning Design in Technology-Mediated Environments
Engages students in a critical analysis of learning design theory, including the underlying assumptions these embrace about knowledge, learning, the learner, learning technologies and the nature of instruction. Students will examine the appropriateness of media and learning technologies to support teaching and learning, and create a learning design according to a principled approach.
Summer EDUC 892-4 Cognitive Tools & Multimedia Learning
Cognitive Tools and Multimedia Learning
Design principles for multimedia learning are derived from the theories and research of cognitive science. Topics include: tutorial interactions, history of adaptive learning systems, adapting to individual differences, dialogues with teachers (and other agents), problem solving and cognitive load, learning from multimedia, cognitive principles for document design, tools for self-regulated learning, intrinsic and situational motivation, simulations and self-regulated inquiry, inquiry with microworlds and cognitive tools, multimedia scenarios for anchored instruction.
Fall EDUC 893-4 Organizational and Social Aspects of Learning Technology Design
Organizational and Social Aspects of Learning Technology Design
Reviews constructive approaches to integrating learning technologies, provides analysis tools from cultural historical activity theory, reviews impact of organizational culture and draws on visualization of social activity networks. Organization and change strategies are examined in higher, school and workplace learning; providing a source for designing organizational learning technologies.
Spring EDUC 864-5 Research Designs in Education
Research Designs in Education
Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814
Students also participate in the non-credit Program Institute (a conference held in the Fall term.)
MEd students also complete:
EDUC 894-4 Methods for Evaluation and Inquiry in Learning Technologies
Methods for Evaluation and Inquiry in Learning Technologies
Examines methods, practices and thinking of direct value in improving quality and use of learning technologies. Students experience leading software tools for observational analysis, qualitative research and digital ethnography. We consider computer-supported methods for learning technology professionals and for assessing learning technology programs. Prerequisite: EDUC 864.
Two elective courses
EDUC 883-5 MEd Comprehensive Exam
MEd Comprehensive Examination
The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
MA students also complete:
EDUC 866-5 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
This course introduces students to qualitative research in education and examines topics such as identifying problems, using conceptual frameworks, coding, data analysis, drawing interpretations, and constructing arguments.
EDUC 863-3 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Focus on critical analysis of quantitative research in education. Research studies examined will be based on exploratory and confirmatory data analysis, including group comparisons and correlations. Students will use calculators and computers for data analysis and display. Prerequisite: EDUC 810 or 864.
One elective course
Only required for students completing Summer 2017.
Students completing Fall 2017 or later, this is no longer a requirement.
EDUC 898-10 MA Masters Thesis
The thesis is a research investigation designed to generate and/or examine critically new knowledge in the theory and/or practice of education. The thesis should normally be completed and approved in three terms.
To transfer between the M.A. and MEd degree:
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