EDCI 51300: Foundations of Learning Design and Technology

(3 credit hours)

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Technology is rapidly working its way into every aspect of education, healthcare and business. Educators are under pressure to improve performance for their students. Healthcare professionals require training in the latest software, hardware and equipment. Corporations need to ensure employee skills are up-to-date. In EDCI 51300, Foundations of Learning Design and Technology, you’ll explore various aspects of the field, including potential opportunities and career paths within educational technology. It will point out how mastering the five learning theories, and distinguishing between educational technologies, will help you become the leader companies and institutions look for.

What You’ll Learn in EDCI 51300
This course provides a historical overview of the field and shares with you the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by professionals in educational technology and instructional design. You’ll learn the five most important theories: behavioral learning theory, cognitive information processing theory, schema theory and cognitive load theory, situated learning theory, and constructivism, and how they relate to effective leadership. By engaging in collaborative discussions and individual assignments surrounding the various aspects of educational technology and instructional design theories, you’ll gain a broader sense of the field and potential career paths.

Course Topics
The weekly topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Definition of Learning Design and Technology (LDT)
  • Learning Theory Debate
  • ID Model Investigation
  • HPI and EPSS Exemplars
  • Professional Ethics
  • Career Goals and Interests in the LDT Field

Course Learning Outcomes
When you complete ECDI 51300, Foundations of Learning Design and Technology, you will be able to:

  • Explain and describe the history and foundations of the field.
  • Define educational technology and distinguish among its components and related fields (e.g., ID, IT, HPT).
  • Identify and describe current and emerging issues in the field.
  • Initiate steps toward becoming a professional in the field of educational technology.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

Request More Information
To learn more about the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology curriculum from Purdue University, including Foundations of Learning Design and Technology, call (877) 497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.