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Doctoral Program in Instructional Technology and Leadership Course Descriptions

GDIT 701         Professional Leadership in Technology (3 cr.)

This course is designed to help students understand the critical role of leadership in the effective application and integration of technology into the learning process and administrative functions of an organization. It is critical that leaders understand the importance of developing a shared vision of the role of technology in the teaching-learning experience, comprehend the change process, and learn how to develop a strategic plan to guide the implementation and evaluation of technology.

GDIT 703         Foundations of Instructional Technology (3 cr.)

This course offers an examination of the key foundations of teaching and learning as applied to instructional technology. Topics include the investigation of current research in the field and issues related to the integration of educational technology in learning environments. Students will learn to efficiently and effectively use Instructional Technologies to facilitate the learning process and to prepare and produce, compare and contrast various applications and learning media including written text, graphics, video, audio, and integrative displays of the above.

GDIT 705        Cognition and Instructional Design (3 cr.)

This course provides a theoretical and research-based background to guide the design of learning materials and environments. The main focus areas will include concepts and principles of multimedia learning, as well as human cognition and capacity for
learning. Students will gain both perspective and direct experience designing and developing learning materials and environments with emerging technology to create more engaging classroom experiences as well develop research ideas and opportunities.

GDIT 706         Developing a Learning Environment Using IT (3 cr.)

This course will discern the information access and delivery methodologies available for various learning environments that support curriculum development. Participants will analyze and categorize telecommunications tools that support research and instruction throughout the classroom and distance learning environments. They will create and deliver a multimedia presentation using advanced features of a selected state-of-the-art presentation tool demonstrating their understanding, research, and practice of these methodologies.

GDIT 712         Ethics and Social Justice in the Digital Age (3 cr.)

This course provides a fundamental, interdisciplinary knowledge of ethical theories and principles as they relate to instructional technology. Students will investigate and discuss current ethical issues facing students and educators given the abundance of technology-based resources and how this directly impacts leadership strategies. This course will also focus on social justice and how, as future leaders in their field, students are enabled to become advocates of social justice for children, families, schools, and communities.

GDIT 713         Computational Thinking (3 cr.)

This course will focus on the ways computational thinking can be integrated into the curricula of educational institutions. Students will gain knowledge of computational thinking as it is used in instructional technology, explore computational thinking in various academic fields, become familiar with web-based and mobile device resources which support computational thinking, and be exposed to a variety of processes and interventions involved in the management of instructional technology.

GDIT 714         Instructional Technology and Leadership in a Global Society (3 cr.)

This course offers an examination of the educational system in the United States compared with systems in other nations. Specific issues discussed will include economics and work, comparative educational systems, migrations, marginalized populations, and technology. Participants will further identify local, state, national, and international leaders in the field of online learning and take a leadership role in assembling, introducing, and moderating panel discussions on specified topics of interest to the class.

GDIT 715         Learning Theory and Instructional Design (3 cr.)

The purpose of this course is to prepare instructional leaders who will be committed to teaching and engaged in learning.  Instructional leaders are able to reflect upon and improve practice from their own experiences. This course is based upon three pillars:  schools of educational psychology, major contemporary educational movements and paradigms, and established models of instruction.  Instructional learning theory is centered on the major schools of educational psychology:  behaviorism, cognitive learning theory, humanism, and lifelong learning. Participants will also be exposed to models of instruction for their consideration.  Each model of instruction will be based upon the schools of educational psychology and movements and paradigms.

GDIT 716         Design of the Learner Experience (3 cr.)

This course will focus on a human-centered approach to the design of learner interaction/experience. Design consideration will include a variety of potential users in a learning environment such as students, teachers, staff, and parents. Students will be exposed to the lifecycle of interaction/experience design, test methods of analyzing user needs, compare and contrast different interaction designs, and evaluate the potential benefits and impacts of these on different users. Students will design an interface/interaction for a learning system or environment using prototyping software and develop a research plan to determine the outcome of their designs.

GDIT 717         Research Seminar in Instructional Technology (3 cr.)

This course will expose students to the field of instructional design and technology and provide an orientation to doctoral level study. The course includes reading, critiquing and analyzing empirical research, theories, and real-world instructional problems. Potential student research agendas consistent with faculty research interests will be explored. Academic and technological expectations will be communicated and practiced.

GDIT 718         Instructional Technology Policy, Planning, and Management (3 cr.)

This course will examine the implementation of instructional technologies in education from an administrative and leadership perspective. The main topics of this course will include making and supporting policy decisions based on current needs, trends, and issues in the field; planning, assessing, and creating policy for sustainable instructional technology programs; and theories of organization and management relevant to learning and instructional technology.

GDIT 719         Learner-Computer Interaction (3 cr.)

This course offers an examination of how learners process information and how this influences the design of learning systems and interactive learning environments. Students will examine research related to the factors of learner attention, cognitive capacity, perception, and memory. These will in turn guide the development of more effective and intuitive learning systems and learning environments. Students will evaluate the research and identify directions and topics for future study with a focus on technology-enhanced learning and learner-computer interactions.

GDIT 799         Dissertation (fall semester) (3 cr.)

Successful completion of the written and oral presentation of the student’s doctoral research is required.

GDIT 799         Dissertation  (spring semester) (3 cr.)