MSET Core Courses

Common core curriculum

The common core curriculum, delivered statewide using distance education technologies, is required of all students in the program. Dakota State University (DSU) and University of South Dakota (USD) each teach two of the courses and share in the delivery of the fifth course.

The five courses that have been identified as common to both programs have the same course prefix, number, title, course description, objectives, and syllabus.

LT 712 Principles of Learning for Instructional Technology (3 credit hours)

This course will review theories of learning as they relate to on-line and technology supported learning. Principal theories of learning with a foundation in instructional design, such as behavioral learning, cognitive information processing theory, and constructivist learning will focus class activities and discussion. Also studied are the factors affecting human learning, including implications for the design and management of instruction. USD will teach this course.

LT 716 Systematic Design of Instruction (3 credit hours)

Students will learn concepts and tools for applying systems theory to instructional design, including needs, instructional, learner, and context analysis, objectives, assessment, strategy, development, and evaluation. Addresses client learning needs in various organizational settings: business, industry, government, health care, education, and not-for-profit. USD will teach this course.

LT 731 Multimedia Production (3 credit hours)

Students learn principles of visual design, use of sound and color, and hands-on production of text and animated resources for use in educational and training materials for the development of interactive multimedia and hypermedia lessons and presentations. DSU and USD will both teach this course. At DSU, this course will require a summer one-week campus residency.

LT 741 Introduction to Distance Education (3 credit hours)

This course is an analysis of the history, philosophy, design, and evolution of distance learning systems. Distance learning is a worldwide concept and the course uses examples from many countries to emphasize institutional, program and course design methods and approaches. The course assumes a system perspective in the analysis of distance education and the distance learner. The various components of distance learning systems are introduced and overviewed including: a) course development and design; b) course production; c) course delivery; d) learner support; e) evaluation of courses and the methods of cybernetic control of both student performance and instructional effectiveness; and f) research and evaluation of distance learning systems. DSU teaches this course.

LT 785 Research Methods in Educational Technology  (3 credit hours)

Designed to develop the skills of the practitioner to be a consumer of computer-based learning research. This course covers basic and applied computer-based education research design and the interpretation statistics. DSU will teach this course.

DSU Required Courses

DSU students must take the following six courses, totaling 10 credit hours.

CET 720 Evaluating Technology Outcomes (3 credit hours)

Focus on the processes and procedures for identifying the outcomes of technology use at the learner, program, and institutional levels. A survey of strategies is also conducted for using technology in student assessment and for assessing learner outcome of technology integrated curricula.

CET 751 Computer Hardware and Networking Essentials  (3 credit hours)

A study of computer hardware and networks used in the educational setting. Topics include hardware maintenance and upgrade, network wiring, topologies, planning, installation, and maintenance of computer networks. This course requires a summer one week campus residency.

CET 756 Introduction to Instructional Programming  (2 credit hours)

Computer programming to promote human/computer interaction, especially as it applies to students and education. Emphasis on applying fundamental programming concepts and proper programming techniques to instruction.

CET 765 Leadership in Technological Change  (2 credit hours)

The course is designed to develop an understanding of how to create and support technological change through a systems approach. Topics include sources of resistance to change, tools for planning, decision-making and change, creating and supporting a culture for learning and change, and managing and institutionalizing change systems.

Last Updated: 5/27/14