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The Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program prepares students to develop leadership capacities in the fields of information and communication technologies within education and society. Our students play a constructive role in shaping new innovations in education. The coursework is broad, encompassing video, computer-based media, digital and non-digtial game-based learning, and the role of communication and media in society from an historical and modern perspective.

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You will apply these perspectives and principles to design impactful learning experiences with technologies including emerging media (AR/VR/MR), web-based tools, social media, games and simulations, mobile devices, tangibles, AI, learning analytics, and more.

Outside of school districts, graduates may also pursue research or instructional design positions in higher education, careers in educational technology or media companies, or working within government or nonprofit settings to reshape policies around instructional media.

ISLT graduates can expect an above-average increase in employment opportunities over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10.5% increase in job outlook by 2026; this growth is the result of many educational institutions increasing their focus on improving teacher effectiveness. The national median annual wage for instructional coordinators totaled $64,450.

In practice, as technology has advanced, the particular "narrowly defined" terminological aspect that was initially emphasized by name has blended into the general field of educational technology.[16] Initially, "virtual learning" as narrowly defined in a semantic sense implied entering an environmental simulation within a virtual world, for example in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[17][18] In practice, a "virtual education course" refers to any instructional course in which all, or at least a significant portion, is delivered by the Internet. "Virtual" is used in that broader way to describe a course that is not taught in a classroom face-to-face but through a substitute mode that can conceptually be associated "virtually" with classroom teaching, which means that people do not have to go to the physical classroom to learn. Accordingly, virtual education refers to a form of distance learning in which course content is delivered by various methods such as course management applications, multimedia resources, and videoconferencing.[19] Virtual education and simulated learning opportunities, such as games or dissections, offer opportunities for students to connect classroom content to authentic situations.[20]

Cognitive science underwent significant change in the 1960s and 1970s to the point that some described the period as a "cognitive revolution", particularly in reaction to behaviorism.[61] While retaining the empirical framework of behaviorism, cognitive psychology theories look beyond behavior to explain brain-based learning by considering how human memory works to promote learning. It refers to learning as "all processes by which the sensory input is transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, recovered, and used" by the human mind.[61][62] The Atkinson-Shiffrin memory model and Baddeley's working memory model were established as theoretical frameworks. Computer science and information technology have had a major influence on cognitive science theory. The cognitive concepts of working memory (formerly known as short-term memory) and long-term memory have been facilitated by research and technology from the field of computer science. Another major influence on the field of cognitive science is Noam Chomsky. Today researchers are concentrating on topics like cognitive load, information processing, and media psychology. These theoretical perspectives influence instructional design.[63]

Educational technologists and psychologists apply basic educational and psychological research into an evidence-based applied science (or a technology) of learning or instruction. In research, these professions typically require a graduate degree (Master's, Doctorate, PhD, or D.Phil.) in a field related to educational psychology, educational media, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, or, more purely, in the fields of educational, instructional or human performance technology or instructional design. In industry, educational technology is utilized to train students and employees by a wide range of learning and communication practitioners, including instructional designers, technical trainers, technical communication, and professional communication specialists, technical writers, and of course primary school and college teachers of all levels. The transformation of educational technology from a cottage industry to a profession is discussed by Shurville et al.[234]

The online learning and teaching concentration is designed for individuals interested in pursuing online teaching positions in higher education as well as K-12 environments, such as specializing in learning management, distance education, educational media, or the coordination of instructional technologies.

Our graduates are gainfully employed in a variety of roles. The school specialist concentration provides exceptional training for K-12 system instructional technology specialist positions, including technology facilitator, technology director, media specialist, technology specialist, technology coach, and many other essential roles within the school system. Students from the online learning and teaching concentration can pursue higher education and K-12 roles as faculty support specialists, instructional technology coordinators, learning management specialists, distance education specialists, education media specialists, instructional designers and much more in both public and private institutions ranging from universities and community colleges to elementary schools and private educational facilities. Graduates of our training and development concentration are employed as instructional designers and developers, instructional technologists, e-learning specialists, corporate trainers, content developers, project managers, program evaluators, or instructional design consultants in environments ranging from corporate to government to nonprofit sectors. In whatever field you choose, you can excel as a vital member of your working community as an LDT specialist.

NOTE: The Bradley instructional media collection has been consolidated. The entire collection is now located in the Library and is available through the Library catalog at

In order to prepare well-rounded e-learning designer the program provides instruction in several areas, including: instructional media and curriculum design, authoring tools, online teaching and learning, and educational foundations and research. Note: Teachers who plan to teach in public California K-12 classrooms or work as school-level computer coordinators must obtain a California teaching credential.

This is the first of a two-part article that will discuss the history of the field of instructional design and technology in the United States. A definition of the field is provided and the major features of the definition are identified. A rational for using instructional design and technology as the label for the field is also presented. Events in the history of instructional media, from the early 1900s to the present day, are described. The birth of school museums, the visual and audiovisual instruction movements, the use of media during World War II, and the interest in instructional television, computers, and the Internet are among the topics discussed. The article concludes with a summarization of the effects media have had on instructional practices, and a prediction regarding the effect computers, the Internet, and other digital media will have on such practices over the next decade.

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in any other places where educational change takes place. AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning. Our members serve in many different settings including education, business and industry, non-profits, military, health care, and other environments. AECT members fulfill a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

This graduate-level certificate program is designed for any educator, instructional designer, administrator, or school technology director who wishes to broaden their understanding of and experience with digital media applications and technology for learning. In order to intentionally work toward equity, justice, liberation, and freedom, students will learn how to design learning experiences that center and support people and human processes.

In this course, we will engage in critical discourse about the historical roots, present-day manifestations, and speculative futures of technological innovations. We will explore and be in conversation with scholarly texts and media that provide a critical lens on the values, ideologies and social structures encoded in technological systems. Based on this foundation, we will interrogate applications of technology in our everyday lives and education spaces, and pursue lines of inquiry about the implications of these technologies on society. Our scholarship will build on the wealth of research conducted by women and people of color to analyze the implications of everyday technologies across race, gender, class, ability and other intersections of identity. We will explore a broad range of topics, including algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI), digital surveillance and science fiction. Our goals will be to follow our questions to find new questions, play with ideas, think deeply, and create scholarly artifacts that grapple with technology in the context of our collective humanity. 041b061a72


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