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Athabasca University

MEd (DE) Program Plan for K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Core requirements for all students:

MDDE 601 - Introduction to Distance Education and Training 3 credits
MDDE 602 - Research Methods in Distance Education 3 credits

MDDE 603 - Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory

          or BOLT Module Equivalency of BOLT 674, 675 and 676

3 credits
MDDE 604 - Instructional Design in Distance Education* 3 credits
MDDE 610 - Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications** 3 credits
Total core: 15 credits

Course-based route:

Electives - choose five courses from: MDDE 621 - Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training 15 credits
MDDE 623 - Introduction to Mobile Learning
MDDE 630 - Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning
MDDE 631 - Inclusive Leadership and Practice in Education
MDDE 650 - Tutoring and Student Support in Distance Education and Training
MDDE 651 - Gender Issues in Distance Education
MDDE 665 - Collaboration and Mentoring in Educational Environments
MDDE 690/1 - Independent Study
Students must have proposals approved by supervising faculty and Program Director
MDDE 694 - Capstone e-Portfolio Project 3 credits
Total: 33 credits

Thesis route:

MDDE 621 - Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training 3 credits
MDDE 630 - Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning 3 credits
MDDE 701 - Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
MDDE 702 - Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
MDDE 703 - Research Proposal Writing 3 credits
MDDE 704 - Thesis Completion and Oral Defense
Topic focusing on K-12 Blended and Online Learning
3 credits
Total thesis: 12 credits
Total: 33 credits

BOLT route:

Please refer to the MEd Equivalency in BOLT.


*Students have the choice between MDDE 604 and MDDE 605 to fulfill this core requirement. Recommended choice indicated.
**Students have the choice between MDDE 610 and MDDE 620 to fulfill this core requirement. Recommended choice indicated.

Updated October 06 2017 by CDE

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