*C. Fulford, PhD (Chair)—instructional development and design
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
R. Boulay, PhD—curriculum studies, educational technology
Degree Offered: MEd in educational technology
The Academic Program
The Educational Technology (ETEC) program is nationally recognized by the Association of Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). AECT (2007) defines educational technology as "the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing, appropriate technological processes, and resources." This program prepares students to create resources for teaching and learning through diverse media. It 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 information from the department website 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.
The importance of careful planning of courses and program requirements, through consultation with the graduate chair 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. 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 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 graduate program requires a minimum of 33 semester credit hours, with six 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 evaluated to determine whether he or she is making satisfactory academic progress, and, is prepared academically and in other ways for the continuation in the program. Poise, personal dispositions, attitude, and communication skills are significant components in the overall evaluation. If advancement to candidacy is recommended, students will be allowed to enroll in the practicum course to begin work on their master's project. They will take a culminating seminar course in their final spring semester to complete their master's project.
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.
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