M. Ed., Information Technology, Course Selection
E6100: Research Designs and Methods in Education. This course presents an overview of various approaches to educational research. The broad categories of quantitative research, qualitative research, and critical/normative research are used to structure the course content. Included are the bases of and rational for these approaches; the relationships, commonalties, and differences among them; and a more extensive discussion of procedures and methods selected to be representative of each of the three categories.
E6590: Research and Development Seminar in Information Technology in Education. This course will provide students with the opportunity to research, develop, and share/present a scholarly product through a creative, reflective process that draws upon and links with prior program experiences.
E6610: Research on Computers in the Curriculum. Education 6610 is an investigation of research methods used in the field of educational computing. Individuals enrolled in this course will participate in inquiry, discussion, and analysis of selected focused research approaches and will identify possible areas of research interest on computers in education.
E6615: Educational Software Prototyping and Evaluation. Education 6615 will focus on the development and evaluation of computer-supported learning environments. Pre-requisites: None, though some knowledge of instructional design, authoring or programming, email or word processing would be beneficial.
E6620: Issues and Trends in Educational Computing. This course is not so much about the practical aspects of computing, but rather an examination of the major issues and trends which have emerged over the last 20 years that computers (and related technology) have become entrenched in education and society as a whole. We will examine some of the main issues which relate to the application of computers in an educational setting.
Cape Breton University Courses
CBU EDU 5101: Assessment of Software and Information Technology Applications for Education. This courses offers instruction in software reviews, software evaluation models, assessment and selection. How, when, where, how often and under what context will software be used in an educational setting will be stressed. Appropriate and inappropriate software applications for use within the classroom will be considered. In order to put theory into practice, designing activity packages and incorporating educational software into lesson plans will be undertaken. (3 credits)
CBU EDU 5103: Integration of Instructional Design and Information Technology will investigate instructional design concepts and learning theory that is utilized in the integration of educational software. The many types of educational software will be discussed. Instruction in both the effective use of software to enhance teaching and techniques involved in incorporating this across the curriculum will be given. Hyper-media on the web, as an available software resource, will also be considered. Levels, approaches, variables, objectives, and assessment of the integration of education software will be investigated. (3 credits)
CBU EDU 5104: Applications of Learning Theory in Education Multimedia Design will provide educators with an in-depth look at the principles of constructivist and cognitive-based processes and the impact of technology on learning in a variety of educational contexts. Educators will also have the opportunity to apply student information technology research techniques to the production of instructional units that can be shared with their peers. Participants will use HyperStudio as the basis for understanding and developing these learning principles and will design a teaching unit to exhibit them. (3 credits)
CBU EDU 5105: Designing Web-based Learning will look at the implications of Multiple Intelligence Theory on educational reform and the connection between MI and technology use in the classroom. A learner-based inquiry model (such as I-Search process) will be used as the vehicle to have participants explore the principles of web page design in a constructivist-based learning framework. A tool such as AOL Press or SiteCentral will serve as the instrument for mastering the techniques of web page design to deliver and improve instruction. (3 credits)
CBU EDU 5106: Technology Planning for Educational Environments is designed to assist educators in developing a comprehensive plan for the integration of technology into the teaching/learning process. Learners will research a broad range of existing and emerging technologies and their applications in a learning environment as well as the constructs of the technology planning process. This research will then be applied to formulating a classroom level technology plan. (3 credits)
CBU EDU 5107: Information Management in Education Environments will explore information management from an educator's point of view as well as researching electronic performance support systems and their implications for education and educators. Participants will develop a web-based Personal Electronic Performance Support System that will contain tools and information to aid the performance of that particular individual as an educator in a technology-rich, ever changing educational environment. (3 Credits)