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Online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology - Frequently Asked Questions

A good education starts with questions. Here are some of the questions many of our new online students ask about the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue. If you don’t see yours listed here, call us at 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information online.

Is this a computer technology degree?
No. While computers and other new technology are often used as instructional tools, and their use and integration in learning and teaching is an important aspect of this program, the focus of the MSEd in Learning Design and Technology is on the systemic design, development, implementation, and assessment of the teaching and learning process, with a goal to promote more effective learning.

Do I need a background in education to qualify for admission?
No. Learning design and technology has a wide variety of applications, not just in education. Our students come from all different educational and professional backgrounds. We do require students to hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for admission. Learn more about application requirements on the Admissions page by visiting http://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/admissions-requirements

Who is on the faculty?
The faculty of the MSEd in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue all hold doctoral degrees and contribute to ongoing research in the field of educational technology and learning design. You can learn more about them on the Faculty page by visiting http://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/faculty

How do online classes work? Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time?
Most of the coursework is asynchronous, meaning that there are not specific times that you need to be in the course. However, interaction with your instructor and peers is a major component of our classes. As an online student at Purdue University, you’ll log into a virtual online classroom interface that includes areas for assignments, discussion boards, e-mail, and more. Just like in a traditional classroom, you’ll complete coursework and exams and interact with your instructor and classmates, but it will all be online. You can access and work on your coursework at any time—you just need to complete your assignments according to the schedule posted by your professor.

Do I have to complete a thesis?
No. Instead of a thesis, you will complete a portfolio project, which can have practical applications to your current place of work.

Is financial aid available? How much is tuition?
Financial aid is available. Visit http://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/tuition.

Can the graduate entrance exam be waived?
Applicants should provide scores from a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that are less than five years old. Purdue University’s code for the GRE application is 1631.

In some instances the GRE may not be required of the applicant may qualify for a waiver under the following conditions.

  • Applicant already possesses an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and graduated with a cumulative grade point average that is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Note: All waivers must be approved by the department and are reviewed on a case by case basis. Meeting the above conditions does not guarantee waiver approval. Please contact an admissions counselor to discuss your specific admissions requirements.

How many total credits are required?
The online MSED in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University requires a total of 33 credit hours, including 27 credit hours of required courses and six credit hours or electives.

How much time should I plan to spend on the program each week?
The academic experience varies by student; however, we recommend that students plan to spend 15-25 hours per week for each course they take.

Is an in-person residency required?
No. Purdue University does not require an on-site residency. That means you can earn the MSED in Learning Design and Technology degree from anywhere in the United States or around the world without temporarily relocating to complete a residency program.

What are the technology badges?
Technology badges show that you have mastered specific digital tools you can incorporate into instruction. While you are a student in the program, you have access to a system where you can learn more than 30 badges at your discretion and as needed — and we are adding new ones all the time. Each badge is like a “mini-course” with levels and challenges. You earn the badge when you have successfully completed all of the challenges.

Are the badges offered for credit?
You can earn badges for credit through the elective course EDCI 56000, which has been designed to be entirely completed through the acquisition of various digital badges. If you have already earned badges before entering the course, those will count toward the required number to complete the class.

You do not have to earn badges for credit—you can earn badges at any time in self-paced modules for your own professional development. You may also choose not to earn any badges and simply review the content of the badges.

How do I show employers the badges I have earned?
You will explore and earn badges in Passport, a learning and e-portfolio system. You can display the badges you have earned through your public Passport profile in Mozilla Backpack, LinkedIn and Facebook. Even after you graduate, you will still have access to your profile and these badges will still be available and visible.

Is support available to all students?
As an online student, you will have access to a multitude of support resources when you need help or guidance, starting with new student orientation to familiarize yourself with the online learning environment. Other services include a help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.

How are the online programs different from the on-campus programs?
Purdue University’s online courses are taught by the same world-class faculty members, and are just as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts. The main difference is the online format, which allows you greater convenience as to when and where you learn.

Will my diploma look different from the on-campus programs?
No. Both on-campus and online programs earn the same diploma. Online students are also invited to participate in the graduation ceremony on campus upon program completion.

Can I visit campus?
Yes. Students are always encouraged to visit campus and experience all that Purdue has to offer. For visitor information, visit www.purdue.edu/visit.