Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies
The Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies is designed as an interactive, collaborative inquiry process. The program’s overall goal is to come to a better collective understanding of how we can meet learning outcomes using various new, digital technologies. These emerging technologies include tools that extend online learning experiences beyond a single learning management system into a matrix of tools that can make up personal, and networked learning environments. These tools include, but are not limited to, means of: networking and communication (Skype, social networking sites, text chat rooms, blogs); interacting in immersive environments (SecondLife); engaging in simulations and games; sharing sources by bookmarking (digg, de.li.cious); consolidating images, audio and video content (flickr, podcasting, YouTube); and collaborating on projects (wikis, google sites). Faculty and participants will engage in authentic learning activities that incorporate emerging technologies, while at the same time basing their research on sound pedagogy, practice and research methods that inform this expanding, interdisciplinary field.
In what ways do specific tools help us as learners demonstrate not only what we know, but our capacity to create, interact and collaborate across multiple settings? Understanding these new dynamics requires complex communicative understandings and collaborative skills.
The following are the goals of this master's program:
- consider the social, ethical and legal impacts of new technologies on our lives, individually and collectively.
- explore the multiple, unfolding political and economic impacts of digital media as a transformative agent in the global civic and market arenas.
- develop an understanding of how people learn in technology-mediated environments.
- examine and evaluate learning that occurs in technology mediated environments, and the impact of digital tools, resources and pedagogical methods in these settings.
- acquire the skills and capacity to identify, employ and evaluate technologically supported tools and methodologies.
- conduct original research projects both individually and in collaborative faculty-student teams in order to expand knowledge in the field.