Course Titles and Descriptions
Required Courses for M. Ed. and Certification: (18 hours)
ONLR 6800 - Introduction to Online Learning (3 hours – Required and a pre requisite for all other courses)
This course provides an overview of online learning. Topics include: characteristics of online learners, requirements for online instructors, and basic elements of an online program. The course acquaints faculty with the online class environment from a student perspective, and assists faculty who may have limited computer skills to improve their ability to work online. Participants demonstrate their skill levels by demonstrating competencies in areas such as interacting asynchronously and synchronously, submitting assignments and other related online course skills.
ONLR 6801 - Online Course Management Strategies (3 hours – Required)
This course provides instructors with the tools needed to manage an online course. Online classes pose unique communication and course management problems for faculty. At the same time technology provides means of assisting faculty online that are not normally available in the classroom. This course surveys problems associated with online course management, with an emphasis on the need for careful planning and communication. Strategies are provided to help to streamline the management process, improve communication with students, and eliminate inefficient expenditures of faculty time.
ONLR 6802 - Instructional Design for Online Course Development (3 hours – Required)
This course explores the key elements of an online program focusing on the instructional design of courseware for the Web and special requirements of online curriculum. The course explores various teaching and learning styles and provides models to improve teaching and maximize learning in a student centered online environment. Participants will work individually and collaboratively to explore various means of presenting content in their disciplines to accommodate diverse populations of online learning styles.
ONLR 6803 - Online Assessment Techniques (3 hours – Required)
This course addresses various assessment formats that can be used for evaluating students in the online environment. Emphasis is placed on matching the learning goals and objectives to assessment methods. Participants will work individually and collaboratively to explore various means of assessing online learners. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to apply online assessment techniques to their own area of interest.
ONLR 6804 - Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues for Educators (3 hours – Required)
Explores Intellectual Property law and Fair Use Guidelines as they relate to the Internet in Academic contexts. Emphasis is placed on the TEACH act and the role faculty play in assuring they meet the guidelines identified by the TEACH act.
ONLR 6806 - Online Course Development Project or Practicum (3 hours – Required)
In this culminating course, students will apply the knowledge and skills they acquired in the other courses. Students will demonstrate their practical knowledge of online course design and creation by incorporating appropriate roles for faculty and students, choosing technology suitable to the audience, creating and assigning effective summative and formative online assessments, demonstrating the communicative nature of online courses, and following sound online design principles. Practicum participants are expected to produce a module for an online class, a series of written documents or presentations that describe in detail how they are applying the skills and knowledge they received in previous classes.
Additional Courses required for Degree: (18 hours)
EDUC 6300 - Foundations of American Education (3 hours)
EDUC 6301 - Research in Education (3 hours)
EDUC 6303 - Advanced Studies in Educational Psychology (3 hours)
Graduate Level Elective (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
SPED 6320 - Students with Special Learning Problems (3 hours)
SPED 6321 - Students with Special Behavior Problems (3 hours)
Choose one of the following:
ONLR 6805: Online Classroom Community Building (3 hours)
Developing and maintaining a sense of community in online classes doesn't just happen. It requires preparing, planning, and perusing to provide an environment that encourages and supports community building. This course will focus on how to create exercises, assignments, and activities that can be used in online courses to sustain the online community.
ONLR 6807: Creating Web Based Course Content (3 hours)
This course focuses on creating course materials for the online learning environment. Web development is an important component of developing content for online courses. This course teaches faculty to develop course content for the web using Netscape Composer. Skills and knowledge gained from this class will be applicable to other web development tools. Using a course template, and working from online tutorials, participants will create components of an online course, adding content from their descipline. Web related accessibility issues will be explored with and emphasis on providing participants with the necessary design skills to develop online courses and course materials that are universally accessible.
Note: All required and elective program specific (ONLR) courses outlined are offered in an 8-week intensive format. The additional required Master level sequence of courses (EDUC 6300, 6301, 6303, Graduate Elective, and SPED 6320 or 6321) follow the traditional semester-based calendar.