Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the eLearn website.
These courses will provide you with the knowledge and experience needed to understand the role of design in learning, teaching, assessment, research, and practice. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility are values and considerations that are intentionally woven through ALL four of the courses, and further amplified by the contemporary Learning Sciences research with which students will engage. You will learn how to observe and critically analyze what you see in learning contexts. A critical analysis is oriented to building knowledge, initiating change and innovation, and is focused on continuous improvement of conditions for learning. This four-course topic of study in the MEd Interdisciplinary is designed using signature pedagogies, hands-on design and evaluation work, and ongoing interactive professional and academic dialogue as we explore foundational learning theories, design-based research, principles of interaction and engagement, design-based professional learning, research practice partnerships, and how to become a designer who thinks, acts, and reacts. As a teacher or school leader, in schools or on campus, you will be able to bring this knowledge and experiences into your classrooms, schools, jurisdictions and or post-secondary contexts.
The program should be of interest to anyone who has responsibilities for the design of learning settings and learning experiences, which includes PreK-12 and post-secondary teachers, curriculum leaders, administrators, and others involved in diverse educational contexts. All courses will be structured around ongoing examination of the phenomenon of learning, with pragmatic concerns addressed through the topics of design-based learning, design-based assessment, design-based research, and design-based professional learning.
A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.