Overview – Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology

Why should you earn an Online Master’s in Learning, Design and Technology degree?

The popularity of online learning has gained momentum in recent years and is only expected to continue to grow. With that comes the need for expertly trained specialists in technology-rich learning environments. Point Park University’s Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology will prepare you for success in this growing field. Graduates take on leadership, instructional technology and design, and  teaching roles in public, private, non-profit and corporate settings including higher education, healthcare, banking and training.

Online Learning, Design and Technology students benefit from:

  • Personalized education experience.
  • Field work and practicum experience that will expand your professional toolbox.
  • Skills-based curriculum designed by practitioners based on research, best practices and standards.
  • A fully online, 30-credit-hour program that offers busy adults the flexibility they need.
  • 18 months within a supportive cohort model.
  • Eight-week sessions with two courses of focus per semester.
  • Career advancement opportunities in a growing field with high demand for quality specialists.
  • By taking one additional course, students can earn the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate.

Curriculum Overview

Graduates of the M.A. in Learning, Design and Technology program are prepared to integrate technology into lessons, facilitate learner-centered activities and develop interactive professional development programs. You’ll master these concepts through fully online, cohort-based curriculum coursework designed with experiential principals in mind.

In addition, by taking one additional course during your program, you have the ability to earn the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate to compliment your Master’s degree. To take advantage of this additional credentialing opportunity, contact an enrollment counselor.

Transfer Credits

Point Park University is proud to provide the M.A. in Learning, Design and Technology 100% online. This fully online 30-credit-hour program provides working professionals with the flexibility to earn a living and succeed in the classroom.

Students who enroll in the program may, at the discretion of the School of Education, transfer up to 6 graduate credits from other institutions provided those credits carry a grade of B or above. Only graduate credits in courses relevant to the M.A. Learning, Design, and Technology program will be accepted, as determined by the Director of the Graduate Studies in the School of Education.

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  • Next Start Date: January 9, 2022

Est. Program Length: 18 Months
Credit Hours: 30 Hours
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit: $740
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 6
  • Est. Program Length: 18 Months

  • Credit Hours: 30 Hours

  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

  • Cost Per Credit: $740

  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9

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Topics include:

  • Online learning management processes
  • Online course design and delivery best practices
  • Analytic and technical knowledge
  • Knowledge and familiarity with various technologies
  • Leadership and program management
  • Collaboration with diverse educators
  • Professional development training
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Planning and problem solving
  • Communication with key stakeholders, both internal and external, in a variety of educational environments

Learn More, Earn More

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the higher your education level, the more you earn. Unemployment for those with a bachelor’s degree is also lower than for those without.

Training and Development Managers
Training and Development Specialist
Instructional Coordinator

Bureau of Labor Statistics April 2021

Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description

This course explores current and emerging technology tools and applications that are transforming teaching and training in digital learning environments. After reviewing the terminology, history, and learning theories Of educational technology, students examine technologies that enhance motivation, communication, engagement, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Within the frameworks of pedagogy and andragogy, students integrate technology tools such as blogs, wikis, polls, simulations, games, podcasts, digital stories, and smart boards, and whiteboards into lessons for active and constructive learning. Students communicate to peers and stakeholders the purpose, costs, and benefits of incorporating technology into an instruction plan.

Course Description
This course applies principles of pedagogy and andragogy to an instructional design model that can be applied to a variety of digital learning formats. Instruction delivered through online/virtual, hybrid, hy-flex, mobile, or flipped formats demand unique methods for presenting content, interacting with students, and assessing performance. Teaching and learning methods are explored and adapted for various types Of technology and the needs Of diverse learners. Students design a microteaching or micro-training demonstration to facilitate an activity incorporating methods appropriate for the instructional goals and digital delivery format.

Course Description

In this course, students are given the opportunity to research emerging technologies, adapt and/or design novel teaching and learning strategies, and develop skills as agents of change. Topics include, but are not limited to, makerspaces, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, learn ng analytics, and adaptive learning. Other topics may include emerging approaches to teaching and learning such as open educational resources, badging and credentialing, and specifications grading. A primary focus of the course will be to prepare the student to become an effective advocate, manager, and leader of change.

Course Description

This course introduces students to systematic ways to evaluate online teaching and learning, using research based best practices. Students will develop plans for conducting evaluations, assessing instruction, collecting data, analyzing data, and reporting results in a meaningful way for the organization and stakeholders. Participants will define how assessments and evaluations are used to impact content delivery, design decisions, and technology utilization and adoption.

Course Description

In this course, students have the opportunity to research and analyze current issues and trends in digital learning. Students will examine new and emerging trends including next generation digital learning environments, open educational resources (OER), digital literacy and citizenship, and the role of social media in learning. Issues related to privacy, security, and access to technology will be considered.

Course Description

This course focuses on the design and delivery of online learning, which can be applied to workforce, higher education, K-12, continuing, or adult education. Throughout the course, students will design and develop an online module by studying the learners, applying instructional design skills, and building one learning module within a course management system. Students will also evaluate technology tools for interaction and the quality of online courses using standards of best practice.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for participants to research in-depth a topic related to online learning, instructional design, or instructional technology administration and management. Students are encouraged to select a topic related to their specific career interest or organizational need. Research projects will be shared, discussed and analyzed using collaborative learning methods such as peer.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce participants to the issues involved in the administration and management of instructional technology including leadership, planning, management of resources, project management, and the impact of effective technology management on organizations and their stakeholders. The course will introduce students to leadership theory and applications for effective administration and management within organizational settings.

Course Description

This Practicum experience is designed to provide the student with experiences in the following areas where the student will apply knowledge and skills learned in the MA program in Learning, Design and Technology; emphasis will be on instructional design, assessment, trends and professional responsibilities. In this practicum, students will develop skills in the following areas: design and development of online instruction; delivery of online instruction (teaching); assessment of online learning; emerging trends and professional responsibilities in online instruction.

The on-site supervisor will assist the student by providing opportunities that coincide with the student’s identified career objectives and goals. The fieldwork experience is expected to contain adequate rigor that both demonstrates practical application Of coursework from the MA program as well as provide new opportunities for the student’s professional growth. A daily log and an electronic portfolio will be completed during the course.

Course Description

This practicum is intended to provide the student with field-based experiences in one or more of the following areas: oversight of instructional technology infrastructure within an organizational setting; integration of technology into curricular planning and instructional design; management and administration of instructional technology programs and projects; research, problem solving, and product development Of instructional technological applications.

The on-site supervisor will assist the student by providing opportunities that coincide with the student’s identified career objectives and goals. Emphasis will be on the development and application of administration, management, and leadership of instructional technology projects that foster best practices in learning, design, and technology. A daily log and an original research project will be completed during the practicum.

Career Outcomes

As a graduate of the online learning, design and technology degree program, you will be prepared for a career in a growing field of opportunity. Graduates find success in jobs positions like:

  • Instructional Technology Administrator
  • Instructional Design Manager
  • Director of E-Learning
  • E-Learning Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Online Instructional Coach
  • Digital Learning Support Specialist
  • E-Learning Coordinator

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