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Instructional Technology (IST) Course Descriptions

IST 5003  Foundations of Instructional Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This introductory course provides an overview of the field of instructional technology. Course content and activities will help students develop an awareness and understanding of the history, theories, and philosophies driving the field.

IST 5313  Development of Instructional Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course provides an overview of instructional technology development tools and opportunities to evaluate current trends in learning environments. Students will have opportunities to gain both theoretical and practical knowledge of these technologies.

IST 5323  Concepts of Teaching and Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Investigation of how theories of teaching and learning are reflected in and supported by technology. Focus on current and emerging learning theories and how these relate to applications in technology-delivered and -supported learning environments.

IST 5343  Instructional Design Theory
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor.
An investigation of theories, principles, and processes of instructional and digital learning design including their application to instructional product and curriculum development. (Same as EDP 5343. Credit cannot be earned for both IST 5343 and EDP 5343. EDP 5343 may not be substituted for IST 5343 in the M.A. in Education Instructional Technology Concentration.)

IST 5363  Distance Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Examination of the application of tools, resources, and strategies to support, deliver, and enhance technology-supported curriculum. Students actively participate in online activities as they engage in design.

IST 5383  Technology Training and Management in Educational Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
The dynamic nature of technology development and innovation requires strategies to ensure service populations are informed and skilled. This course will review models of technology integration, professional development, leadership, issues of change and technology adoption, and policy issues.

IST 5703  Technology and Learning Cultures
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor
An examination of technology-delivered and -mediated instruction as it interacts with the learners’ views of the world and themselves. This course provides opportunities to explore the implications of culture and community on the design, delivery, and evaluation of instruction.

IST 5883  Storytelling as Instructional Method
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Digital storytelling can build upon case-based reasoning to engage learners through the analysis of personal experience. The course provides opportunities to explore oral and digital forms of storytelling via multiple modalities. (Formerly C&I 5883. Credit cannot be earned for both IST 5883 and C&I 5883.)

IST 6103  Virtual Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor.
Virtual and augmented reality provide opportunities to learn through active participation in designed environments. This course explores instructional applications across formal and informal educational settings.

IST 6353  Multimedia Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5313 or consent of instructor.
This course explores the design and development of interactive materials and resources. Course activities include the use of specific technologies to develop multimedia/new media prototypes.

IST 6373  Games and Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course investigates games as a learning technology. Learners will review, design, and evaluate practical examples as well as the literature on games in formal and informal learning spaces. The class will require learners to engage with the latest trends and research in games and learning.

IST 6513  Emergent Technologies in Education
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor.
This course explores emergent technologies in terms of functional and pedagogical frameworks of use. Students will complete theoretical and practical application tasks.

IST 6523  Constructionism
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course provides an overview of constructionist theory, design, and tools. Course content and activities provide opportunities to develop an understanding of the history, theory, philosophy, tools, and technologies of constructionism and related subsequent frameworks.

IST 6603  Computer Programming and Learning Environments
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IST 5003 or consent of instructor.
This course provides participants with opportunities to engage in programming tasks across learning environments supported by instructional technologies. The emphasis of this course is on production rather than theoretical frameworks.

IST 6943 Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Graduate Advisor of Record.
Individually supervised field experience in a setting that provides direct experience with the design, development, implementation, or evaluation of technology-mediated learning experiences. (Credit cannot be earned for both IST 6943 and other internships.)

IST 6951,3  Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

IST 6973  Special Problems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course that offers graduate students the opportunity to engage in specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the program’s regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

IST 6983  Master’s Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission of the Graduate Advisor of Record and thesis director.
Thesis research and preparation. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours will apply to the Master’s degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the thesis. Enrollment is required each term in which the thesis is in progress.

IST 7003  Proseminar in Instructional Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is intended to provide an opportunity to explore the main theories, practices, and areas of research in instructional technology. Readings include seminal work in instructional technology, instructional design, learning theories, and design-based research. Students will become familiar with the tools and practices of successful doctoral work.

IST 7013  Field Research in Instructional Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is designed to support students in doing field research in instructional technology, including observations, interviews, and analysis. Students will undertake their own research study and discuss relevant literature.

IST 7023  Design and Development of Learning Environments
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Students will design, develop, pilot, and evaluate a learning environment using the theories and practices of instructional technology.

IST 7033  Current Research in Instructional Technology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Focused exploration of current research in the field of instructional technology. Students will have opportunities to deeply engage with current research across a variety of active research fields.

IST 7043  Technology and Global Learning
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Structured exploration of the conditions, platforms, and implications of technology-supported learning in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.

IST 7053  Program Evaluation in Instructional Design
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An overview of evaluation models, procedures, tools, and philosophies as they apply to applications of technology in education.

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