The MA in Learning and Technology is a 33 credit program offered online or in the blended learning model. It responds to the demand for qualified professionals in the field of technology-mediated learning and education and the need for management level individuals who have the knowledge, skills and ability to assume the leadership roles that are required to plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate contemporary learning environments.
The program is founded on principles of networked learning, open pedagogy and digital mindset, which allows students to create and build on their digital presence to collaborate meaningfully to digital learning communities in the field throughout their program. The virtual symposium at the beginning and end of the program is one of the many opportunities for students to engage in, cultivate and contribute back to these digital learning networks and communities as they learn more about facilitating in contemporary learning environments.
The program has three completion options:
- Secondary research paper
- Digital learning-consulting project
Graduates of the program work in the creation and evaluation of contemporary digital learning environments. They use their theoretical and practical knowledge to critically analyze learning innovations and assess their impact on organizations and society. The cross-sectoral skill set cultivated in the program enables graduates to lead and support their organizations to continually improve the learning experiences they offer.
Who It’s For
This program is designed for individuals involved in the creation of contemporary learning environments that incorporate the best of what is known about learning and technologies. People who could benefit from the program include decision-makers responsible for learning, training or education; training managers and coordinators; training and development positions; facilitators, trainers, or instructors. The program attracts learners from multiple sectors including post-secondary institutions, government departments, K-12 education systems, the corporate sector, healthcare, not-for-profit agencies and small businesses.
The MA in Learning and Technology program is recognized by the Institute of Performance and Learning. Graduates of the program receive credit towards the work experience requirements of the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) certification. Students in the MA in Learning and Technology program are also eligible for an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) certificate.
The School of Education and Technology works with a program learning outcomes framework that informs the course learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes identify what the learner will know and be able to do by the end of the program. They are the essential and enduring knowledge, capabilities (attributes) and attitudes (values, dispositions) that constitute the integrated learning by a graduate of the MA in Learning and Technology program.
Graduates will be able to apply the principles of networked learning; open pedagogy and digital mindset as they work in the creation and evaluation of digital learning environments. They will apply theoretical and practical knowledge to critically analyze learning innovations and assess their impact on organizations and society. Graduates of the MA in Learning and Technology will have the knowledge, skills and ability to:
1. Communicate and synthesize information and arguments at the graduate level.
2. Critically evaluate how learning occurs in a variety of contexts.
3. Design and create research-informed digital learning environments.
4. Demonstrate effective collaboration skills.
5. Develop and analyze support strategies to meet the needs of stakeholders in digital learning environments.
6. Select appropriate assessment and evaluation strategies for digital learning environments.
7. Contribute meaningfully to digital learning network(s) and communities.
8. Explain the interrelationship between innovation, change and digital learning environments and their impact on organizations and society.
9. Apply reflective processes to improve professional practice.
10. Critically evaluate and/or produce research.