Course Descriptions

CORE COURSES:

LTMS 500 Macro Instructional Design (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on the use of an instructional design process to improve learning outcomes, with an emphasis on the analysis components of instructional design that create a foundation for successful learning solutions.  The course explores tools and techniques for analysis, design, development, delivery and evaluation and addresses strategies that can be enhanced by technology integration.  The goal of the course is to establish a systematic process for designing instruction and explores trends and technology integration opportunities throughout the process.

 

LTMS 510 Learning Technologies and Solutions (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course presents an overview of multiple technology-based solutions to realize learning outcomes.  Beyond a survey of learning software, the course challenges the student to think broadly about emerging technology trends that present opportunities.  By establishing a systematic decision analysis process, the student is able to assess suitable technology tools for specific environments and learning needs.  A broad survey of open source and proprietary solutions are explored, as well as emerging trends in learning technologies.  Course topics are examined within a framework of a learning strategy and a learning architecture.

 

LTMS 514 Media Selection, Design and Production (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course focuses on creating media for learning solutions.  Selecting appropriate media to meet learning objectives are explored as the student creates graphics, illustrations, audio, video, and animations to support learning.  Graphic design fundamentals are addressed, in addition to production skills like media compression and conversion.  Industry leading media software and open source options are considered.

 

LTMS 518 eLearning Development (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course presents content creation software that can be used for eLearning.  The student creates eLearning modules that focus on navigation, usability and compliance to content standards.  Planning and asset management are also explored as elements of efficient eLearning development.  Industry leading software and open source options are considered.

 

LTMS 525 Learning Theories and Instructional Strategies (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Description: This course is an in-depth exploration of learning theories including, but not limited to, behavioral modeling, cognitive processing, metacognition, motivation, social learning, constructivism and connectivism.  Culture and learning, brain research and the integration of technology to support learning theories are also explored.  Theories and practices are examined within the context of creating instructional strategies as part of learning design with a focus on technology-supported learning solutions.


ELECTIVES:
 

LTMS 520 Learning Evaluation and Assessment (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 or permission of instructor

Description: This course focuses on measuring multi-modal learning and performance with an emphasis on the use of technology as an evaluation and assessment tool. Course evaluation and learner performance are both explored as formative and summative assessment, authentic assessment, subjective and objective assessment, criterion-referenced and norm-referenced assessment, formal and informal assessment, testing and evaluation standards, analytics and metrics, the importance of validity and reliability, and the use of technology in the evaluation and assessment process.

 

LTMS 530 Managing Technology Resources (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 510 or permission of instructor

Description: New technologies are changing instruction and placing new demands on technology professionals that support learning technologies. This course addresses the challenge of providing access to educational technologies while balancing security and resources in learning environments. The course establishes strategies for assessing, planning, implementing, supporting and governing learning technologies with a focus on maximizing the instructional value of technology investments.

 

LTMS 531 Designing Serious Games and Simulations (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 or permission of instructor

Description: This course focuses on applying game and simulation design strategies to increase context, motivation, engagement and learning outcomes. Character development, narrative, user interface, game play, game balancing, principles of level design and feedback in games and simulations are applied as the student designs a game or simulation to achieve a learning goal. The differences and similarities between game and simulation concepts, genres and worlds are examined, in addition to game and simulation intricacies for specific groups and game production and management.

 

LTMS 532 Developing Serious Games and Simulations (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 514 and 531 or permission of instructor

Description: This course presents tools and techniques for developing serious games and simulations. Programming and scripting languages, simulation systems, programming fundamentals, game architecture, navigation, usability, feedback, data management, artificial intelligence, media programming and developing for multiplayer environments are explored as the student develops the design from the “Designing Serious Games & Simulations” course. Game production and management with a focus on the game development phase are also discussed.

 

LTMS 580 Special Topics in LTMS (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in field or appropriate work experience

Description: This course explores a topic of current interest in the field of learning technology.

 

LTMS 609 Synchronous Facilitation (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 or permission of instructor

Description: This course is an in-depth discovery of planning, producing and facilitating synchronous face-to-face and online communication and learning events. Classroom facilitation techniques are examined, in comparison and support of developing online facilitation skills. Creating audience engagement with effective content development, media and interactive elements in an online synchronous session are addressed. The producer’s role in facilitator and participant preparation, technology validation, logistics, in-session troubleshooting and post-session follow-up is also examined. Industry leading web conferencing and virtual classroom software and open source options are both considered.

 

LTMS 610 Learning Technologies Project (3-6 semester hours)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Description: The student creates and executes a detailed project plan to use as part of a real-world project that applies concepts and skills previously explored throughout the program. The student’s project is customized to a particular area of interest in learning technologies. This experiential course also provides an opportunity to reinforce and demonstrate the eight University competencies, i.e., critical thinking, communication, teamwork and collaboration, entrepreneurship, information literacy, ethical decision making, global awareness, and civic engagement.

 

LTMS 613 Data Protection in Learning Solutions (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 and LTMS 510 or permission of instructor

Description: This course explores general privacy and security needs to ensure data protection in learning solutions in addition to specific requirements based on federal, state and industry regulations. Records and information management, export compliance and safe harbor/international trade agreements are also considered in the context of a global audience. Security and privacy strategies for media, access and reporting are examined, as well as developing contingency plans for security and privacy breaches.

 

LTMS 614 Social Learning in the Organization (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree or permission of the instructor

Description: This course explores the use of social learning and communication in organizations, the software tools used to enable online social interaction and the challenges of organizational implementation. Social learning technologies enable conversations, content creation, connections and collaboration in the organization. When socially-enabled, these activities can increase productivity, deliver knowledge at the time of need and address time and location challenges that exist in today’s organizations. The student identifies a learning or communication opportunity to create a solution using social learning technologies. Open source and industry leading hardware and software options are both considered.

 

LTMS 615 Coordinating the Learning Technology Infrastructure (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 530 or permission of instructor

Description: This course focuses on identifying, selecting, installing and maintaining a technology infrastructure to support technology-enabled learning solutions. Administrative and educational technology needs along with the need for assistive technology resources to support learners with special needs are specifically addressed within the examination of the overall infrastructure.

 

LTMS 625 Learning Management and Learning Content Management Systems (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 and LTMS 518 or permission of instructor

Description: The course explores the evolving role and nature of learning management (LMS) and learning content management systems (LCMS) to support learning in organizations. The Shared Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), Content Object Repository Discovery and Registration/Resolution Architecture (CORDRA) and the Aviation Industry CBT (Computer-Based Training) Committee (AICC) standards are examined and applied as part of designing and creating learning objects that can be incorporated into an LCMS and administered by an LMS. Industry leading software and open source software are both examined.

 

LTMS 635 eLearning Authoring Systems (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 500 and LTMS 518 or permission of instructor

Description: Systems built for asynchronous eLearning development are explored in a hands-on environment. The storyboarding, content management, asset management and team communication elements of eLearning authoring systems are also examined, within the context of analyzing the systems’ abilities to enhance the instructional design process in a team environment.

 

LTMS 645 Visual Representation for Learning and Communication (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 514 or permission of instructor

Description: This course explores the benefits of visually representing ideas, concepts and processes to improve the results of learning and communication. The history of visualization for learning and communication, along with the current research and trends in using visuals to improve learning and communication, are explored. Techniques and technologies for brainstorming, mind mapping, creating instructional and curricular design, thinking creatively, planning, creating visuals and delivering visual learning and communication are applied in individual and group projects throughout the course.

 

LTMS 680 Advanced eLearning Development (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: LTMS 518, 611, 619, 625, 635 or permission of instructor

Description: An in-depth exploration of advanced eLearning application development is explored in a project-based group environment. Interactivity, personalization, data flow and management and system integration are examined as part of developing an advanced eLearning application.


CAPSTONE COURSES:

Please speak to your advisor before signing up for any of these courses. You should plan to take GRAD 695 in semester 4 or 5.

 

GRAD 695 Research Methodology and Writing (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 18 graduate semester hours; must be taken prior to GRAD 699

Description: This course guides the student to develop and finalize a selected research problem and to construct a proposal that effectively establishes the basis for either writing a thesis or launching an experiential capstone project. The course provides an overview of strategies for effective problem investigation and solution proposal. Research methodology is studies and applied as part of suggesting a solution to a problem. Writing and formatting techniques are also explored and applied as a communication tool for cataloging the investigation and recommending the solution.

 

LTMS 697 LTMS ePortfolio (0 semester hours)

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: LTMS 698

Description: A graduate student pursuing the Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) K-12 instructional certificate is required to create an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio presents the student’s knowledge and performance in the competencies required by the ITS guidelines.

 

LTMS 698 Learning Technologies Internship (1-6 semester hours)

Prerequisites: GRAD 695 and permission of advisor

Description: The student conducts learning technology-related activities at an organization to apply concepts and skills previously explored throughout the program. This experiential course also provides an opportunity to demonstrate and further develop the eight University competencies, i.e., critical thinking, communication, teamwork and collaboration, entrepreneurship, information literacy, ethical decision making, global awareness, and civic engagement.

 

LTMS 699 Applied Project in LTMS (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: GRAD 695 and permission of advisor

Description: This course allows the student to pursue an area of interest that is within the broad scope of learning technologies. A faculty member supervises this study.

 

GRAD 699 Graduate Thesis (3 semester hours)

Prerequisites: GRAD 695 and the permission of instructor

Description: In consultation with the advisor, the student conducts research designed in GRAD 695 to address a problem as identified in the solution proposal.