Educational Technology & Design

Courses and Requirements

The Masters of Education program provides theoretical and practical experiences culminating in either a major scholarly project or a major research thesis.

M.Ed (course-based) students need to complete 27 credit units of graduate level coursework and the portfolio class (ECUR 991.3) as a culminating experience.

M.Ed (project) students need to complete 24 credit units of graduate level coursework and the project seminar (ETAD 992.6) supervised by a faculty member in the programme.

M.Ed (thesis) students need to complete 21 units of graduate level coursework and a thesis supervised by a faculty member in the programme and a committee.

Required Courses

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Depending on program stream, students are required to take the following courses:

 

Thesis-based
(Requires at least 21 c.u. plus thesis)
Project-based
(Requires at least 24 c.u. plus project)
Course-Based
(Requires at least 30 c.u.)
Required Courses
  • ETAD 802.6: Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology

  • ETAD 803.3: Multimedia Design for Learning

  • ETAD 804.3: Designing for Distance Learning

  • ETAD 873.3: Instructional Design

  • ECUR 809.3: Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs

  • ERES 800.3: Research Methods Introductory

  • GSR 960: Introduction to Ethics and Integrity

  • ECUR 990: Seminar in Curriculum Research

  • ETAD 994: (Thesis)

  • ETAD 802.6: Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology

  • ETAD 803.3: Multimedia Design for Learning

  • ETAD 804.3: Designing for Distance Learning

  • ETAD 873.3: Instructional Design

  • ECUR 809.3: Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs

  • ERES 800.3: Research Methods Introductory

  • GSR 960: Introduction to Ethics and Integrity

  • ECUR 990: Seminar in Curriculum Research

  • ETAD 992: (Project)

  • ETAD 802.6: Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology

  • ETAD 803.3: Multimedia Design for Learning

  • ETAD 804.3: Designing for Distance Learning

  • ETAD 873.3: Instructional Design

  • ECUR 809.3: Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs

  • ERES 800.3: Research Methods Introductory

  • GSR 960: Introduction to Ethics and Integrity

  • ECUR 990: Seminar in Curriculum Research

  • ETAD 991.3 (Portfolio)

Electives 0 electives required Minimum of 3 c.u. electives required, chosen from the following:
  • ETAD 874.3: Advanced Instructional Design

  • ECUR 810.3: Design and Practice of Evaluation of Educational Programs

  • ECUR 805.3: Trends and Issues in Curriculum Research and Development

  • ETAD 877.3: Video Design for Learning

  • ETAD 879.6: Advanced Video Design for Learning

  • ETAD 898.3 Special Topics or ECMM 899.6: Special Topics

Minimum of 6 c.u. electives required, chosen from the following:
  • ETAD 874.3: Advanced Instructional Design

  • ECUR 810.3: Design and Practice of Evaluation of Educational Programs

  • ECUR 805.3: Trends and Issues in Curriculum Research and Development

  • ETAD 877.3: Video Design for Learning

  • ETAD 879.6: Advanced Video Design for Learning

  • ETAD 898.3 Special Topics or ECMM 899.6: Special Topics

Online Courses and Flexible Program Options

We are often asked, "How much of the Educational Technology and Design M.Ed. program can be taken online?"

The short answer is, "All of it".

We try to build as much flexibility into our program as we possibly can, but the program wasn't initially built as a distance education program -- rather, it was built as a flexible program that offers a number of delivery options. However you design your program, we encourage you to be in regular contact with us and your classmates; a professional community of practice will certainly be an important feature of what you take away from our program of study. We would be happy to try to build a program that will offer a good experience for you.

Program Planning Outline

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Sometime early in your program, you need to file your program with Graduate Studies and Research. To do this, you need to first think about all of the courses you would like to take that will comprise your program, and then discuss your ideas with your program advisor. We have included a form here you can use to plan your program. You can fill out this form and print a copy from your browser menu or download a pdf file of the program planning form you can print out and complete later (or a Word document, if you prefer).


Program Planning Form
M.Ed. in Educational Technology and Design

 
Student:
 
Area of Research:
 
Advisor:
 
Date:
 
 
Note: A Master of Education Degree requires 21 c.u + thesis (ETAD 994); 24 c.u. + project (ETAD 992); or 27 c.u. + portfolio (ETAD 991)
 
Required Courses (21 c.u. and two non-credit courses)
ETAD 802.6 Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology (online option)
ERES 800.3 Research Methods (online option)
ETAD 803.3 Multimedia Design for Learning (online option)
ETAD 804.3 Distance Education: Theory and Practice (Online Learning Theory and Practice) (online option)
ECUR 809.3 Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs (online option)
ETAD 873.3 Instructional Design (online option)
ECUR 990.0 Research Seminar Educational Communications and Technology (online option)
GSR 960.0 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (online)
 
Elective Courses
ECUR 805.3 Current Topics in Educational Communications and Technology (online option)
ECUR 810.3 Design and Practice of Evaluation of Educational Programs (online option)
ETAD 874.3 Advanced Approaches to Instructional Design (online option)
ETAD 877.3 Video Design for Learning
ETAD 879.6 Advanced Video Design for Learning
ETAD 898.3 or 899.6 Individual Reading and Study (online option)
   
Thesis or Project or Portfolio
ETAD 991.3 Master's Portfolio (online option)
ETAD 992.6 Master's Project (online option)

ECUR 994 .9 Master's Thesis (online option)

Ethics approval required

ECUR 994 .12 Master's Thesis

Description of Available Classes

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ETAD 802.6 / Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology (Online option) - Examines the historical, philosophical and theoretical foundations of the field of educational technology. Focuses on the maturation of theory and research in this area of study, and the impact of educational technology on educational institutions and practices. View past ECMM/ETAD 802 term papers

ERES 800.3 / Research Methods (Online option) - Introduction to research methods, with special reference to research in education. The basic principles of research, both qualitative and quantitative, are discussed. Skills necessary for the production of research proposals are developed, eg: techniques for surveying the research literature, and the collection and analysis of data.

ETAD 803.3 / Multimedia Design for Learning (weekend-monthly) - Presents procedures and principles for planning, producing and evaluating computer-based instruction, and how to develop the necessary support materials required for its implementation.

ETAD 804.3 / Distance Educaton Theory and Practice (Online option) - Examines the historical and theoretical foundations of distance education from a provincial, national and international perspective. Surveys the development, organization and practice of distance education for various educational endeavours. Focuses specifically on distance education in Saskatchewan and compares the Saskatchewan situation with similar situations across Canada.

ECUR 805.3 / Current Topics in Educational Technology and Design (Online option) - A guided, self-directed learning experience on current issues in educational communications and technology resulting in a paper or project suitable for publication.

ETAD 809.3 / Models and Methods for Evaluation of Educational Programs (Online option) - Examines current models for the evaluation of educational programs. The emphasis is on exploring the range of options which is available to the program evaluator and on developing an awareness of the strengths and limitations of the models. Problems in carrying out educational evaluations are also studied: examples of such problems are the utilization of evaluation results and the ethics of evaluation.

ETAD 810.3 / Design and Practice of Evaluation of Educational Programs (Online option) - Takes the methods of evaluating educational programs and applies them to practical situations in educational contexts. Particular attention will be paid to developing an awareness of the breadth of available techniques and to understanding the practical problems which arise in the conduct of evaluations.

ETAD 873.3 / Instructional Design (Online option) - An applied course in which the principles of instructional design are used to address learning problems. Students do a major project in which they plan and implement a learning module in a medium of their choice.

ETAD 874.3 / Advanced Approaches to Instructional Design (Online option) - Students learn and apply advanced concepts and approaches in instructional design including: project management, client processes, and usability procedures. Students complete an entire development process, from meeting clients and creating a design plan through product testing.

ETAD 877.3 / Video Design for Learning - Allows students to explore video design and production. Students script, direct, produce and edit digital video projects. This highly individualized course gives the student wide latitude and flexibility in content, technique and production time.

ETAD 879.6/ Advanced Video Design for Learning- Investigates development of video in education and its design for learning, including the critical analysis and understanding of video production, direction and script writing. Students undertake major projects to produce digital online learning products.

ETAD 898.3 or 899.6 Individual Reading and Study (Online option) - In order to provide an opportunity for individual study in an area of the student's own interest, a number of individual studies are offered. Each calls for intensive reading or a curriculum project under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A paper is required. A proposal, representing a contract for the extent and nature of the work to be done, must be approved by an EdCmm faculty member and at least one other faculty member in the College of Education. The committee typically conducts and oral defence of the completed work.

ECUR 990.0 / Research Seminar (Online option) - A non-credit seminar for graduate students in Curriculum Studies conducted by the Graduate Program Advisor in Curriculum Studies.

ETAD 991.3 / Scholarship in Teaching (online option)
Students will demonstrate their scholarship in teaching and learning through developing a comprehensive, detailed, and coherent collection of academic and professional work. The collected work will be organized and represented through the use of an electronic portfolio and will include any variety and combination of media (e.g., text, electronic files, images, video, multimedia products, blog entries, and other appropriate resources). The e-portfolio will provide documented and organized evidence tied to learning outcomes (developmental), personal reflection and articulation of meaning (reflective) and will showcase learners' achievements in relation to particular work or learning goals (representational). A final public presentation documenting both the professional development process and the terminal product will provide a superior capstone outcome, one underscoring the critical skill of effectively and coherently communicating such a compiled work.

ETAD 992.6 / Project (Online option) - Development project which is required on the non-thesis option for the M.Ed. Each project calls for intensive reading, under the guidance of a staff supervisor. The proposal for the project, and the oral defence, will be processed by a committee constituted in the same fashion as for a thesis committee, with the exception that there will not be an external examiner of the work.

EDCUR 994 / Research for Thesis - A student undertaking research leading to a Master's thesis must register in this course each year until the thesis is completed (applies to thesis work done extramurally as well as intramurally).

GSR 960.0 / Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (Online) - This is an online tutorial class on research ethics that is required of every graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan. It is a non-credit experience that requires only a few hours to complete.

Optional Courses within the College

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External electives may be 800 level courses taken in the areas of :

Curriculum Studies

Educational Administration

Educational Foundations

Includes:

  • Continuing Education
  • Indian and Northern Education
  • Global Focus
Educational Psychology & Special Education