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School of Education - George Mason University

The Learning Technologies in Schools (LTS) concentration is comprised of 12 credits of core coursework and 18 credits of coursework in one of the specializations offered: Blended and Online Learning in Schools (BOLS) or Designing Digital Learning in Schools (DDLS). The 12-credit core is offered fully online and focuses on trends and issues specific to blended and online teaching. The BOLS specialization extends LTS core learning with an emphasis on the design and development of blended and/or online units. The BOLS specialization is offered in a fully online format. The DDLS specialization focuses on the design of digital learning experiences and teacher leadership. The DDLS specialization is offered in a blended format with an in-person requirement.

What You’ll Learn

The 12-credit LTS core focuses on knowledge and skills that P-12 teachers need to leverage online and blended learning in ways that personalize P-12 students’ learning pace, place, path, and time.

Coursework addresses definitions, benefits and challenges, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, communication strategies, delivery models, assessment techniques, quality dimensions and interactions, digital technologies, and design frameworks to support blended and online learning designs., The LTS core is offered fully online. By offering the LTS core fully online, P-12 teachers experience online instruction firsthand as learners.

The LTS core also models a variety of online practices and instructional designs that promote teaching excellence. Recognizing that online learners can feel isolated and anonymous in an online learning environment, instructors in the program provide students with a high level of communication and feedback, frequently via audio and video recordings. Our courses also facilitate collaboration and a sense of community with others in the program.

Our Blended and Online Learning in Schools (BOLS) Specialization

The 18-credit BOLS specialization prepares P-12 teachers to design, develop, and implement blended and online learning. Fourteen credits of the BOLS specialization primarily focus on designing and developing blended or online learning units for P-12 teachers’ own teaching contexts. The remaining 4 credits of the BOLS specialization focus on developing materials and guides that will help teachers better facilitate blended and online learning.

The courses in this specialization are also offered fully online with no requirement to come to campus. Students are provided with a high level of feedback, frequently via audio and video recordings. Our students also form close, supportive relationships with others in the specialization during discussions and collaborative projects.

Our Designing Digital Learning in Schools (DDLS) Specialization

The 18-credit DDLS specialization prepares P-12 teachers to design digital learning experiences for today’s classrooms and to assume leadership roles in implementing, supervising, managing, and integrating technology in schools.

The specialization focuses on the interaction of design, technology, and content learning to influence P-12 teachers’ classroom practices in ways that promote their students’ abilities to problem solve, use information, participate productively in communities, become knowledgeable, and effectively communicate.

The courses in this specialization are offered in a cohort-based, blended format, providing both face-to-face and online experiences. The cohort provides students the opportunity to form close, supportive relationships with others in the specialization during discussions and collaborative projects.