Description of Program
The future of learning is on a screen, online, or on a device. Learning and training organizations require managerial leadership that can devise and implement enterprise solutions. Learning executives, instructional architects, and designers occupy many roles within a company. They assess performance goals; develop learning objectives; design instructional materials; deliver curriculum in classrooms, online, and in blended environments; and use new and ever-evolving technologies to reduce costs. These are the people who are responsible for the ongoing training and development required to develop human talent and increase profitability. La Salle’s M.S. in Instructional Technology Management program combines theory, hands-on design experience, and management skills to provide learners with a theoretical and intellectual foundation of instructional design principles, methods, and techniques. It provides an understanding of adult learning theories and provides the training to evaluate software, applications, programs, and methods in the context of the corporate training environment. This program provides opportunities to design, build, and implement multimedia and online projects for e-learning, mobile learning, blended, ubiquitous learning in corporate, government, or educational settings with an understanding of assessment and evaluation techniques. It also equips the learner with the leadership skills necessary to provide the vision, strategies, and solutions needed to create and sustain a learning culture. The outcomes of this program are designed to support learning leaders in the context of a virtual global workforce.
Graduate education at La Salle emphasizes students’ ability to apply universals and specifics to actual situations, to distinguish relationships, to analyze critically, to rearrange component ideas into new wholes, and to make judgments based on external criteria. The M.S. in Instructional Technology Management program is offered through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies because it is a field that attracts people of many backgrounds and experiences, as well as those who are looking to enter into a new field. Also, the field of instructional technology supports La Salle’s mission that education should be useful and of service by placing individuals in positions in corporations where they will have the means to build an educated, able, as well as productive national and international workforce.
The Instructional Technology Management program uses an online experiential learning model integrating technologies and replicating the types of learning that graduates of our program in their respective fields will use in the workforce to train employees. Learners will take courses incorporating the latest learning technologies. This strengthens teamwork, communication, and professional bonding. The entire curriculum “walks the walk” and uses the ADDIE model as a base for each course and evaluation.
La Salle’s M.S. in Instructional Technology Management program uses an interdisciplinary approach.
La Salle’s program in Instructional Technology Management, is unique and highly regarded internationally for its focus on the 21st-century workplace learning and leadership, providing learners with access to state-of-the-art multimedia video and audio integration opportunities in the Communication Department’s production studios and media arts laboratories as well as expertise from the School of Business regarding management and leadership development. In addition, the program has several courses taught by highly successful professionals currently working in multi-national corporations to provide learners with real insight into the field.
The strength of the program is its emphasis on practical and authentic learning assessment and application, built on a strong foundation in which students learn by hands-on experience.