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Ed.D. Instructional Technology & Leadership Courses

The faculty of the School of Education take pride in the curriculum they teach. Whether just beginning in the field of education as an undergraduate student or pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the coursework will prepare students to confidently and effectively make a difference in classrooms, school districts, and communities.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
GDIT 701

Professional Leadership in Technology

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 703

Foundations of Instructional Technology

This course offers an examination of the key foundations of teaching and learning as applied to instructional technology. Participants will consider the psychology, philosophical, social, and historical perspectives of using technology for teaching and learning. Included are topics such as the taxonomy for the technology domain, technology-based instructional delivery media, impact of technology on the learning community, and the timeline of technology.

3
GDIT 705

Cognition and Instructional Design

The course is designed to support doctoral students of Instructional Technology in the courseware development process, from analysis through evaluation, especially the analysis, design and development phases. Students will gain perspectives and experiences on designing and developing courses with emerging interactive technology for more engaging classroom teaching and research. While the course emphasizes design considerations, students will practice diverse technology, consider possible areas of application, and research the applied educational use of these technologies.

3
GDIT 706

Developing a Learning Environment Using IT

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.

3
GDIT 712

Ethics and Social Justice in the Digital Age

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 713

Computational Thinking

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. Fall Only.

3
GDIT 714

Leadership and Education in a Global Society

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 715

Learning Theories and Instructional Design

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.

3
GDIT 716

Design of the Learner Experience

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 717

Research Seminar in Instructional Technology

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 718

Instructional Technology Policy, Planning and Management

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. Fall Only.

3
GDIT 719

Learner-Computer Interaction

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. Spring Only

3
GDIT 799

Dissertation - FT

3
GREV 510

Statistics I

This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics addressed include: basic statistical and research concepts, graphical displays of data, measures of central tendency and variability, standardized scores, normal distribution, probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, sampling distributions, correlation, simple linear regression, t-tests, one-factor analysis of variance, and chi-square test. The SPSS for Windows computer software package will be used.

3
GREV 701

Research Methods & Design

This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches to research design and methodology. Through the use of specific research cases, students will analyze the practical problems faced by a researcher and the solution he or she selected. Students will also learn to evaluate the researcher's solutions and consider alternatives.

3
GREV 721

Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research

This course is designed to explore the use of qualitative research techniques in educational and clinical applications. Course content will cover the historical, philosophical and cultural issues involved in qualitative research as well as strategies and tactics for fieldwork, types of ethnographic approaches, ethical concerns, types and nature of interpretative research and participatory approaches to research.

3