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Academics

  • 30 CREDIT HOURS
  • APPLIED INNOVATION
  • ePORTFOLIO
  • 30 CREDIT HOURS
  • APPLIED INNOVATION
  • ePORTFOLIO

MLD gives you the tools to secure a meaningful career in higher education.

Our curriculum balances theory with practice, empowering students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world teaching and learning scenarios.

Program Overview

The Master’s in Learning and Design begins by establishing a common vocabulary and knowledge base for students. Students will explore and engage with critical topics in learning and design, including data analytics, technology innovation, leadership, and instructional design. Below you will find information on our program requirements. Please note that the courses listed are sample titles. For details on current course offerings, please see our List of Fall 2018 Courses.

Program Requirements

  1. Integrated Introduction to the Field Course
  2. Program Core Courses
  3. Elective Courses
  4. Design Studio
  5. Applied Innovation Projects
  6. ePortfolio
Integrated Introduction to the Field Course

Integrated Introduction to the Field Course

(2 credit hours · 1 course)

Students take a one-week intensive integrated introduction course in mid- to late-August. The course will introduce them to Graduate Studies in the Field of Learning Design, Technology and Innovation, Learning Analytics, and Higher Education Leadership. Students will learn about the interconnectedness of critical concepts, gaining an understanding of how learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership impact one another in the field. Students will build a strong knowledge-base that will facilitate their navigation of learning challenges and solutions.

Program Core Courses

Program Core Courses

(12 credit hours · 4 courses)

Students take four courses that form the program’s core. These courses offer students opportunities to explore multiple perspectives in relation to the program’s tracks – Learning Design, Technology Innovation, Learning Analytics, and Higher Education Leadership. The core courses enable students to build common knowledge and language to engage in discourse that challenges current perspectives in learning and design to drive the discipline forward.

  • LDES-501 Methods of Learning and Design
  • LDES-502 Technology and Innovation By Design
  • LDES-503 Designing the Future(s) of the University
  • LDES-504 Learning Analytics
Elective Courses

Elective Courses

(10 credit hours · 4 courses)

Students will develop their own concentration, or track, by taking three elective courses. These courses engage learners in further exploration of key concepts and applications in relation to their selected track. Each elective course will have multiple track identifications; therefore, students have the ability to delve deeper into more than one area.

Students will choose from one of the following tracks identified below. Please note that not all elective courses that are listed below are offered every semester.

Learning Design Track

The Learning Design track explores the process of design, design theory, and design methodology in order to understand that design is a process of innovation that is intentional, systematic, and dynamic. Students will explore critical facets of instructional design, as well as the tools needed to address teaching and learning challenges.

  • LDES-612 Mapping the Curriculum
  • LDES-684 Digital Learning
  • LDES-618 Faculty Development Approaches

Technology Innovation Track

The Technology Innovation track engages students in a deep study of the intersections between technology and learning in higher education, with practical experience in applied innovation. Students will explore the role that policy, leadership, and analytics play in designing, developing, and implementing new media technologies.

  • LDES-632 The Technology Ecosystem
  • LDES-686 Web Design and Development for Learning
  • LDES-641 Digital Learning

Learning Analytics Track

The Learning Analytics track will enable students to harness the power of data with regard to learning–and learners–to shape the future of education. In this track, students will not only engage with educational data mining and statistics, but also theories from psychological perspectives in relation to judgement and decision-making.

  • LDES-686 Web Design and Development for Learning
  • LDES-628 Ethics by Design
  • LDES-663 Qualitative Approaches to Learning Analytics

Higher Education Leadership Track

The Higher Education Leadership track prepares students to become future leaders of higher education institutions. In this track, students will explore decision-making, finances, and politics within institutions of higher education.

  • LDES-612 Mapping the Curriculum
  • LDES-632 The Technology Ecosystem
  • LDES-618 Faculty Development Approaches
  • LDES-628 Ethics by Design
Design Studio

Design Studio

(6 credit hours · 3 courses)

Students will engage in both a year-long Design Studio, as well as a Studio Capstone as they complete the program. The Design Studio enables students to apply what they are learning in areas of specific interest by allowing them to develop their own project that addresses a learning challenge. In their last semester, students will participate in a Studio Capstone, in which they will refine, test, and reflect on the Design Studio project they have developed.

Applied Innovation Projects

Applied Innovation Projects

Students will complete at least two Applied Innovation Projects in which they design materials for actual clients at Georgetown University or in the community. Students will apply what they’ve learned in courses to real-world learning challenges in these projects. These and other materials will be featured in ePortfolios and serve as evidence of professional skills.

ePortfolio

ePortfolio

Students will create a culminating research project in the form of an electronic portfolio that reflects the breadth and depth of their experience in the program. The portfolio will include a collection of revised and expanded design projects from previous coursework. The portfolio will give students the opportunity to explore a learning track in greater depth, make connections across courses, reflect on design choices, showcase the work they produced in the design studio and internship, and demonstrate expertise to future employers.