INDS510: Social Science Research Methods

Introduces students to qualitative and quantitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Emphasizes applied research projects designed from interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary or transdisciplinary perspectives. Covers basic research process, research topics and questions, research design, accessing and evaluating research, common methodologies, data collection, ethics, and analysis interpretation and communication of research results.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT501: Learning Theory

Examines current beliefs about how people learn, from behaviourism through to cognitivism and on to constructivism. Explores theories of intelligence and motivation, as well as the concepts of learning styles and transformational learning. Concludes by investigating how learning theory can be used to influence practice and the implications for technology-mediated learning.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT502: Introduction to Research

Introduces the research process. Teaches practical skills such as how to locate, analyse and evaluate relevant research materials. Exposes students to theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of different approaches to research. Explores intellectual property, copyright, and research ethics issues
Credits: 3.0

LRNT503: Program Planning

Outlines the foundations of distance education, blended and distance education systems, and the institutional factors that affect technology-mediated learning. Examines current program planning models. Enables students to then work through the planning process from the needs analysis stage through to the evaluation stage.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT504: Instructional Design for Technology-Mediated Learning

Builds on concepts introduced in LRNT 501. Enables students to examine how learning theory influences instructional design from a variety of perspectives: content presentation, learning activities, and assessment. Introduces a broad range of instructional design models and allows students to evaluate the merits and suitability of each within specific learning contexts.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT505: Community Building Processes for Online Learning Environments

Connects underlying theories of learning with the practice of facilitating online learning and how this can be applied to build online learning communities. Develops and enhances online facilitation skills using leading trends and best practices.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT506: Research for Teaching and Learning

Applies the knowledge and skills gained in LRNT 502 (or equivalent) and make the transition from the role of critical research consumer to that of research producer. Focuses on the research process with particular emphasis on research methodology so that the student can select the most appropriate methodology and methods for their own research. Examines quantitative and qualitative data-gathering and analysis methods, the development of a theoretical framework and examines the accepted practices of ensuring the validity or trustworthiness of research findings. Centres on the ethical framework for research conduct. Pre-requisite: LRNT 502 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT507: Supporting Learners in Technology-Mediated Environments

Introduces the range of student service options, theories and models required in technology-mediated learning environments and the challenges involved in their provision. Learners will examine support levels in an actual organization and consider the evolving nature of support for the 21st century learner.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT509: Choosing and Using Learning Technology

Enables students to categorize the various instructional media and both synchronous and asynchronous learning technology formats in current use and critically assess their characteristics. Encourages students to explore the pedagogical rationale for selecting appropriate technology for particular instructional contexts and to evaluate the effect that factors such as cost and available infrastructure have on successful implementation. Gives hands-on experience to help students determine ease of use and to estimate the potential training needs of their faculty and students.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT510: International and Global Distance Education

Using a series of case studies, participants will first explore the role played by the leading international distance education organizations and institutions. They will then narrow their focus to examine the way individual countries or regions have implemented distance or blended programs, the policy issues, and the importance of partnerships. Finally, they will consider the implications of moving into the global delivery of distance education.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT513: Leadership, Learning and Technology

Provides a basic foundation in leadership theories and explores the evolving interrelationships amongst leadership, learning and technology. Students develop critical thinking skills in choosing and developing leadership approaches for different sectors and contexts, and personalize their learning to fit with their interests, settings and goals.
Credits: 3.0

LRNT600: Research Proposal

Builds on previous courses to support the development of the final research proposal, to the point where the student could, with the approval of his or her supervisor, submit the proposal with their application for ethics review. Direct the student through each stage in the development of the proposal. Pre-requisites: LRNT502, INDS510
Credits: 3.0

LRNT690: Thesis

Requires the student to produce a significant piece of original work that contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the field of technology-mediated learning. Requires students to adhere to the guidelines introduced in INDS510 with regard to research methods, ethics, and academic integrity. Requires at least 400 hours of effort.
Credits: 12.0

LRNT691: Research Paper

Continues the proposal developed in LRNT 506. Enables students to draw from a topic of interest in one of the previous courses or from a problem in the participant’s work environment. Requires at least 200 hours of effort to meet standards established by the department. Pre-requisite: LRNT506.
Credits: 6.0