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Master of Education in
Learning, Design, and Technology


Penn State's online Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology emphasizes the evaluation and improvement of technology's impact on the learning process and can provide you with the technical and research skills to analyze the effectiveness of technology integration in your school, organization, or corporation.

Course Requirements

You must complete 30 credits of course work, plus a non-credit unit on scholarship and research integrity and noncredit capstone portfolio which will be reviewed by your adviser at the end of the program. At least 18 credits of course work must be at the 500 or 800 level, and a minimum of 6 credits at the 500 level.   

Course List - Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology

Core Courses (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Systematic Instructional Development LDT 415A Application of a systematic learning design model relevant to all learning contexts and audiences for analyzing instructional problems, developing validated resources, and implementing practical solutions. 3 credits
Emerging Web Technologies and Learning LDT 467 This course examines emerging Web technologies and explores their application to learning and education. 3 credits
Designing Constructivist Learning Environments LDT 527 Designing learning environments based on constructivist principles of learning that provide modeling, coaching, and scaffolding. 3 credits
Recommended Courses (select 21 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Educational Technology Integration LDT 440 Surveys contemporary readings, software, and hardware to explore the intersection of learning, teaching, technology use. Students analyze contemporary uses of technology to support learning through readings, multimedia, and hands-on experience.

3 credits

Computers as Learning Tools LDT 566 Examines the costs and benefits of technology use, emerging research topics on technology-enhanced learning, and important tradeoffs that need to be considered when designing technology-enhanced learning contexts. 3 credits
Teaching and Learning Online in K–12 Settings LDT 433 Explores key principles of effective online instruction for K-12 learners, including tools for teaching online, creation of an online environment, strategies for collaboration, supporting learners with special needs, among other topics. 3 credits
Gaming 2 Learn LDT 401 Explores the role of gaming, video gaming, and simulations in educational contexts including K–12, corporate, informal, non-profit, and higher education. 3 credits
Integrating Mobile Technologies into Learning Environments LDT 505 Research on learning with mobile computers and models for mobile computer integration for K–12 schools, community organizations, and universities. 3 credits
Learning Design Studio LDT 550 Examines a range of skills, processes, and theories for designing and developing interactive educational materials. Upon advisor and instructor approval, master’s students may take this course multiple times. 3 credits
Theoretical Foundations of Learning, Design, and Technology LDT 581 Guides learners to read, reflect on, and discuss various historical and contemporary learning theories and frameworks within the area of Learning, Design, and Technology, and their particular importance for learning designers and researchers. 3 credits
Making and Education: Fabrication, DIY and Content Creation in Learning, Design and Technology LDT 824 Explores the historical roots of makerspaces and hobbyist learning activities, as well as the changing landscape of making, content creation, and constructionist activities in education. 3 credits
Designing e-learning Within Course Management Systems LDT 832 Practical design of instructor-facilitated online lessons taking advantage of the affordances and within the constraints of course management systems. 3 credits
Learning Technologies for Good and Evil LDT 843 Provides technology designers, educators, and researchers with a practice-oriented approach to ethics in education technology. 3 credits
Measuring the Impact of Technology on Learning EDTEC 561 Prepares teachers to evaluate the effects of technology use. 3 credits

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