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Educational Technology and Learning Design

Master of Education

The master of education (MEd) is a professional degree signifying advanced knowledge about and advanced training in educational practice. This program takes a scholarly approach to learning technologies design, plans for its use, and/or evaluations of technology-based learning innovations. Designed to accommodate students who work full time during the day or who take a leave to study full time, the program supports diverse cohorts including K-12 teachers, college instructors, instructional designers, and aspiring academics. Applicants from a wide variety of educational and technical backgrounds are welcome.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered if superior scholarly or professional achievement is demonstrated.

Admission is granted to a specific degree and to a particular program or specialization. Application information is available from the Faculty of Education. Depending upon completed academic course work, students may be admitted conditionally upon completing Faculty of Education prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

This program consists of a minimum 30 units of course work, including a faculty-mentored demonstration of mastery in technology-enhanced learning design.

Students must complete

EDUC 864 - Research Designs in Education (5)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G031 Magally Constant
EDUC 890 - Educational Media as Foundations of Curriculum (4)

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.

EDUC 891 - Learning Design in Technology-Mediated Environments (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Laura D'amico
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SRYC 3280, Surrey
EDUC 892 - Cognitive Tools and Multimedia Learning (4)

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.

EDUC 893 - Organizational and Social Aspects of Learning Technology Design (4)

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.

EDUC 934 - Learning Design Development Workshop (4)

A faculty-mentored workshop in which MEd students in Educational Technology and Learning Design produce a major new technology-enhanced learning design for a setting that interests them, to demonstrate their mastery of principles, ideas and skills acquired in the core courses. Students will have scheduled meetings with their instructor throughout the term to report progress and seek advice. Prerequisite: EDUC 864, EDUC 890, EDUC 891, EDUC 892, EDUC 893. Corequisite: EDUC 935.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 Kevin O'Neill
We 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SRYC 3040, Surrey

and a minimum of 5 graduate units of course work chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor

and a public demonstration of mastery

EDUC 935 - Learning Design Demonstration of Mastery (0)

A public demonstration of mastery of theories, principles and practices of technology-enhanced learning design covered in the core courses of the Educational Technology and Learning Design MEd program. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: EDUC 864, EDUC 890, EDUC 891, EDUC 892, EDUC 893. Corequisite: EDUC 934.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G001 TBD

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within 6 terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.