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Athabasca University

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The MEd in Distance Education program is designed to provide all students with a core foundation of skills, knowledge, and values regarding distance education and training, as well as to foster students' individual interests. All graduates will gain experience and expertise in the following areas:

  • Problem solving, analysis, synthesis, and interpretation in distance education and training.
  • Designing, implementing, evaluating and managing educational and training programs. Related skills include organizational design, management and administration, budgeting and finance, curriculum and program development, course development, design, delivery and support, and program evaluation and revision.
  • Designing, implementing, and disseminating research in distance education and training.
  • Designing and developing distance education and training courses and materials.
  • Selecting, implementing, and evaluating technologies for use in distance education and training.

The MEd (DE) consists of 33 credits, which students have the option of completing through either the course-based route or the thesis route. Students who wish to specialize further may pursue a Focus Area in the following topics: Instructional Design, Leadership in Education, Mobile Learning, and K-12 Online and Blended Learning.

Updated August 31 2017 by CDE

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