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Program Description

Program Description

The Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology (GDLT) is designed to build the knowledge and practical skills of professionals working in the field of technology-mediated education, and meets the growing need for management-level individuals who have the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in program design, development, and evaluation, as well as the need for effective facilitators in digital learning environments. The Graduate Diploma program can be taken on its own, but it may also ladder into the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology (MALAT).

The MALAT and subsequently, the GDLT program are founded on principles of networked learning; open pedagogy and digital mindset which means that students create and build on their digital presence in order to collaborate and contribute meaningfully to digital learning networks and 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. 

Who It’s 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. Applications are assessed based on an integrated and consolidated examination of academic credentials, work experience and personal experience. Experience in a technology-mediated learning environment is an asset. Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the RRU Flexible Admission Policy. 

Outcomes

Graduates will have the skills to assume leadership roles in program design, development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-mediated learning initiatives.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop proposals for instructional strategies
  • Analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional design
  • Recommend appropriate learning strategies
  • Plan and coordinate projects to a successful conclusion 
  • Evaluate current educational technology research 
  • Advance their careers as leaders in technology-mediated learning environments

Graduates will have:

  • Expanded knowledge of educational theory 
  • Developed practical skills in graphic design, project management and instructional design
  • Increased understanding of student characteristics and needs 
  • Enhanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills