*C. Fulford, PhD (Chair)—instructional development and design
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
R. A. Boulay, PhD—curriculum and instructional, educational technology,
Degree Offered: MEd in educational technology
The Academic Program
This program prepares students to create resources for teaching and learning through diverse media. Educational Technology (ETEC) provides theoretical knowledge and scientific principles that can be applied to problems that arise in a social context. It prepares individuals to devise effective messages, teams, materials, devices, techniques, and settings. It involves the study of theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.
Practitioners in educational technology, whether they are teachers, trainers, developers, administrators, or support personnel, seek innovative and effective ways of organizing the teaching and learning process through the best possible application of technological developments. Individuals from diverse backgrounds can immediately apply what they learn to their particular context. Upon graduation, these new professionals will have a clearer vision of how they can prepare learners for the future. ETEC graduates are found in many learning environments including K-12 and higher education, government, business, industry, military, and health occupations. Types of careers include: technology training, support and management, instructional design, eLearning development, website development, distance learning management, educational video production, multimedia authoring, performance improvement, and project management.
After reviewing the departmental information (available from etec.hawaii.edu) describing the educational technology program, prospective applicants should confer with the department chair to obtain further amplification of admission requirements. Students are encouraged to take an ETEC course prior to admission to help determine their fit with the program.
Preregistration is mandatory each semester for educational technology majors, and the department schedules specific days and times for this purpose. Continuous enrollment in the program is required, but majors who have already advanced to candidacy may request a leave of absence for not more than two consecutive semesters.
The importance of careful planning of courses and program requirements, through consultation with the department chair and the student’s major advisor, cannot be overemphasized. The admission to and start of the student’s participation in the program is possible only in the fall semester. A prescribed set of four core courses (two fall, two spring) is required during the first year. A culminating course can only take place during the final spring semester.
Efficient scheduling of courses and resources necessitates that either a two- or three-year program plan be developed by each student at the time of admission.
The graduate program in educational technology involves a broad view of technologies applicable to educational and instructional situations. Thus, the program does not emphasize mechanical or electronic devices, which are often equated with technology, but deals with larger issues of systematic application of knowledge to such practical tasks as planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating different strategies for an effective and efficient teaching/learning process. When such a view is espoused, the “devices” become an integral part of the various strategies.
The department has set the following objectives for its graduate students based on national standards:
Admission to the educational technology program is only in the fall semester. Applications may be filed with the Graduate Division beginning October 1 until the deadline of February 1 for the following fall semester.
The general graduate admission requirements of UH Manoa are augmented by the Department of Educational Technology, which will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:
The department has specified certain areas of knowledge and skills as necessary background for entry into the program. Because it is not primarily a technology skills training program, students entering the program are assumed to have a basic knowledge of computers and applications. While there is no formal prerequisite, students who have not had a previous technology course may find it useful to enroll in one of the ETEC undergraduate courses prior to admission or in their first semester in the program. The ability to learn basic technical skills through self-study is essential to program success.
The graduate program requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, with seven required and five elective ETEC courses.
The set of required ETEC courses provides each educational technology major with a solid foundation in technology, instructional design, instructional psychology, and research, including critical assessment of past research and understanding of discernible research trends. Coupled with such knowledge is the preparation for practical application of both the theories and research and evaluation methodologies particularly appropriate to educational technology. After the four core courses have been completed, each student will be given a general departmental examination to determine whether advancement to candidacy should be recommended. The oral examination ascertains whether the student is making satisfactory academic progress and whether he or she is prepared academically and in other ways for the continuation of the studies. Poise, personal dispositions, attitude, and communication skills are significant components in the overall evaluation. At least three faculty members will administer the examination. If advancement to candidacy is recommended, a permanent advisor will be assigned to the candidate. Upon advancement to candidacy, three additional requirements will provide a practicum experience, an advanced seminar, and a culminating course (taken the final spring semester).
Dual Master's Degree Program
Students may purse a Master’s in Educational Technology and a second master’s concurrently in Library and Information Science.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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