MA Learning Technologies

Overview

The Masters in Learning Technologies professional degree prepares digital educators to design and facilitate inclusive online and blended learning environments for K-12 students, adult learners, and life-long learning in a variety of contexts. Students of all varieties need to be able to thrive, advance, and contribute in an interconnected and constantly changing society. Educators interested in meeting these needs will gain the digital age skills and pedagogical strategies in order to be successful in the many roles they play as teachers and learners. In addition, digital educators prepared in this program will be able to leverage the technologies available to them in order to succeed in the rapidly changing 21st century classroom. Program participants intending to support educational technology in higher education, non-profit, or corporate learning environments will be prepared to provide personalized digital learning for a variety of learners and contexts.

Mission Statement

As companions in learning, faculty and students are committed to global Christian service through excellence in teaching and learning using learning technologies.

Career Potential

Graduates of the Andrews University Learning Technologies program may serve as classroom teachers, curriculum specialists, teacher educators, educational/instructional technology specialists, directors of digital learning, instructional technology consultants, and researchers.

Program Length and Prerequisites

30 credits for students with a Bachelor in education or equivalent degree. Up to 15 credit hours of prerequisites depending on undergraduate degree and educational technology courses taken. Can typically be completed by a full-time student needing no prerequisites in 1 full year.

See the Graduate Academic Policies for transferring credits earned at Andrews prior to acceptance to the program or credits earned at other institutions.

After we receive your unofficial or official transcripts, we can determine how many prerequisites you need to take (if any), and if you any of your graduate credits can transfer into the program.

Online Delivery

This program is offered in an interactive online format. Some courses are fully asynchronous with teacher interaction and weekly deadlines; others offered in the evenings via synchronous sessions with significant teacher and peer interaction. This online degree does not require any on-campus time.

Program Goals

  • To graduate students who are thought leaders and innovators in the area of educational technology.
  • To graduate students who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the needs of their learners; develop and implement instructional materials and activities; and assess and evaluate those activities.
  • To graduate students who will possess expertise in a variety of different technologies and applications designed for use in instructional settings, and a deep understanding of why and when to use these technologies.

Prerequisites

  • Nine (9) semester credits of education courses, including an undergraduate (or graduate equivalent) in educational psychology. GDPS 514 Psychology of Learning (3 credits) will be required for those who do not meet the above prerequisite. Persons who seek admission to the MA without the prerequisites may be required to include additional courses, such as EDTE 508 Principles of Teaching and Learning, in their course plan. These prerequisites add to the total number of credits needed to complete the degree.
  • Six (6) semester credits of educational technology courses taken prior to the start of the program.
    • Recommended courses offered through a partnership with the Adventist Learning Community.
      • Technology for 21st Century Learning (1 credit)
      • Integrating Technology Through Service Learning  (1 credit)
      • Technology in the Early Elementary Classroom  (1 credit)
      • Global Classroom Collaborations (1 credit)
    • Recommended courses offered through a partnership with ED Technology Specialists:
      • EDCI 639-021 Writing = Thinking: Strategies for All Content Areas (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-023 Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-003 Google Classroom & Google+ Communities: Promoting Collaboration & Online Learning (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-004 Assisting Special Needs Learners with Instructional Technology (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-007 Enhancing the Reading Classroom with Technology (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-008 Game-Based Learning: Unleash Power Gaming in the Classroom (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-009 Genius Hour: Inquiry-Based Technology-Infused Learning Classroom (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-011 Instructional Technology for Flipped Learning: Interactive Engagement & Informative Feedback (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-012 21st Century Tools for Engagement (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-015 Digital Natives to Digital Citizens: Strat Dig Literacy in Any Classroom (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-016 Diving Deeper with Digital Devices:  Storytell Choices & Reflection Tools (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-017 G Suite for Education:  Integration and Application for Educ (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-018 Instant Relevance:  Using Today's Exp to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-019 Technology-Infused Discussion Groups: Tools Enhance Student Discourse (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-020 Using G Suite to Enhance the 6-12 Math Classroom (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-021 Writing = Thinking:  Strategies for All Content Areas (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-022 ED Tech Tools for Creation and Collaboration (1 credit)
      • EDCI 639-023 Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-024 Exploring the World Around us Through Virtual Field Trips (3 credits)
      • EDCI 639-025 Methodologies and Best Practices for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
         

Required Courses

Descriptions of courses can be found in the Andrews Univeristy Bulletin.

  • Core Courses
    • EDFN 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Professionals
    • EDCI 545 - Assessment of Learning
    • EDCI 565 - Improving Instruction
      • OR EDCI 610 - Teaching the Adult Learner
    • EDRM 505 - Research Methods
    • EDCI 696 - Project Implementation
      • OR EDCI 699 - Thesis
    • EDCI 695 - Master’s Portfolio
  • Educational Technology Courses
    • EDTE 522 - Trends and Issues in Educational Technology
    • EDTE 645 - Digital Storytelling and Visual Learning in a Diverse World
    • EDCI 605 - Design and Development of Online Courses
    • EDCI 620 - Assisting Special Needs Learners with Instructional Technology
    • EDTE 635- Digital Collaboration and Citizenship
      • OR EDTE 640 - Digital Learning in Faith Contexts

Admissions

Admission decisions are based on the overall profile of each applicant. The applicant profile consists of information that indicates personal “fit” with the Learning Technologies program and potential for success in the program. The LT Program accepts applications on a rolling basis, with students being able to begin their course of study during any semester. In addition to application materials required of all graduate school applicants, the following items are of particular importance:

  • A 600-word statement of purpose explaining how your professional goals fit with the mission of the Learning Technologies program. Identify whether you will focus on K12 students or other educational technology contexts (i.e. corporate training, digital outreach, higher education). Describe your skill level with technology and include links to your digital footprint.
  • Recommendation forms and letters from professionals. Do not submit recommendations from relatives or current students.
  • A completed Professional Experience form.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vita (CV).
  • Official transcripts from all schools where undergraduate or graduate courses were taken.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam scores.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (see University Graduate Programs General Admission Requirements for details).

Please consult the Graduate Programs Admission section of the bulletin for complete information regarding admissions requirements.

****Students are admitted to start the program three times a year (fall, spring, & summer). Please begin a graduate application with our admissions office.****

Need help?  Contact Heidi James, Program Advisor

269-471-3482 or 1-800-471-6210 option 1
odl@andrews.edu

Program Director

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She is also Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015.

Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy.

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