Master of Distance Education (MDE)

Core Courses

Here is a list that describes the core courses and the capstone course of the Master of Distance Education & E-learning (MDE). At the end of each paragraph a link leads you to a short description of the course and the course goals and objectives.

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OMDE 601: Foundations of Distance Education & E-learning

An overview of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required by a competent practitioner of distance education. Critical concepts and issues identified in the distance education literature are explored and the history and theories of the field are critically examined.  More information (pdf)

OMDE 603: Technology in Distance Education & E-learning

A review of the history and the terminology of technology used in distance education. The basic technology building blocks of hardware, networks, and software are identified. Analysis covers the characteristics of asynchronous and synchronous technologies and tools used in the teaching and learning, as well as the administration of distance education. The relationship between technology and the goals of the educational/training organization are critically examined. The relationship between information technology (especially online technology) and distance education is explored. Topics include the criteria and guidelines for selecting technologies for distance education and the future directions of technology in distance education. More information (pdf)

OMDE 610: Teaching and Learning in Online Distance Education

An exploration of the online teaching and learning dynamic, including its theoretical foundation and best practices. The themes that shape the online teaching/learning relationship are addressed through individual and collaborative projects. Topics include philosophical frameworks; instructional, social, and cognitive presence; interaction, collaboration, and participation; community and engagement; and administration and management. More information (pdf)

OMDE 608: Learner Support in Distance Education and Training

An introduction to the theories and concepts of support for learners in distance education and training. The various types of learner support - including tutoring and teaching; advising and counseling; and library, registrarial, and other administrative services - are examined. Discussion addresses management issues, such as planning, organizational models, staffing and staff development, designing services to meet learner needs, serving special groups, and evaluation and applied research. Assignments include designing a learner support model for a particular context (e.g., public or private educational institution or corporate or military training).  More information (pdf)

OMDE 606: Costs and Economics of Distance Education& E-learning

The goals of the course is to enable the student to be a competent partner in the process of setting up and managing economic aspects of distance education, both on institutional level as well as on course level (i.e. with regard to media choice). More information (pdf)

Capstone Course
OMDE 670: Portfolio and Project in Distance Education & E-learning

A capstone study of distance education and training designed to demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills through two major projects: an electronic portfolio and a case study. The personal e-portfolio documents credentials and accomplishments to date and also serves as an ongoing resource and record of continuing professional development. The case study, which focuses on a distance education/training program or organization, involves in-depth analysis of the setting and application of concepts and strategies to enhance practice and performance in distance education and training.