Online Courses

The Department of Instructional Technology offers both the Master of Science degree and eLearning Certificate completely online.

We offer both the Corporate and Instructional Technology Specialist tracks online, so you may indeed complete your degree “from a distance”.

Each Spring semester we offer the following online classes:

57.550  Instructional Design
57.585  eLearning Concepts

57.577   Advanced Authoring
57.540  Technology Planning Across the Curriculum
57.581  Special Topics or another elective

Each Summer semester we offer the following online classes:

57.570  Introduction to Website Development
57.560  Multimedia Productions
57.586  Blended eLearning or equivalent eCourse
57.551  Advanced Instructional Design
57.588 Learning Management Systems
57.581  Special Topics

Each Fall semester we offer the following online classes:

57.572  Introduction to Authoring
57.546  Research
57.584  Online Course Design
57.575  Managing Multimedia Projects
57.565  Leading Co-Located and Virtual Teams or another elective
57.542  Technology Applications for the Classroom

All of our online courses are taught using a blend of asynchronous (anytime),  synchronous (real time), and social networking technologies.

The asynchronous technologies include BOLT (Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching) or a customized system to present a variety of learning materials on a 24/7 basis.  The learning materials may include lessons, downloadable documents, recorded presentations, links to websites, quizzes, surveys, and discussions.

We also incorporate synchronous meetings into all our online courses, and these synchronous meetings are required!  Each class has specific day and time scheduled for the weekly synchronous meetings, so be sure to check our course schedule so you know when the synchronous meetings will be held for your class.  We use highly interactive synchronous technologies such as Saba, Collaborate, and Adobe Connect for our synchronous meetings.  You will be able to see and hear the instructor’s presentation and participate in lively discussions during the meetings.  A microphone and speakers are required for these meetings.

Our online courses also incorporate a variety of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, Pinterest, Flipboard, VoiceThread, and Twitter for social networking and collaboration.  These tools help up build strong and valuable learning communities for our students and faculty.  An example of an ongoing class blog is eLearning Concepts.  An example of an ongoing social bookmarking site is Delicious eLearning Concepts.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

Hardware

To fully access the variety of online course materials available and to utilize the necessary software, individuals should have access to either a PC or Mac computer with the following minimum specifications:

  • Windows XP operating system or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5 operating system or newer
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • direct Internet connection
  • 2 gig RAM
  • Quality 16 bit sound card
  • 8 MB video capability
  • Microphone and speakers
  • Monitor with at least 800×600 dpi resolution

Software Requirements

Specialized software is needed to complete assignments in many of the courses. In some courses the purchase of a license for one or several of these items will be necessary.
Possibilities include:

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Power Point, Excel)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver)
  • Articulate Storyline
  • Adobe Captivate

Internet Access

Individuals must have a reliable high speed DSL, cable, or T1 Internet connection. Each person will also need to have access to at least 1 gig of disk space on a web server for publishing web pages. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) include such personal web space in an Internet service subscription.

Links for the Online Tools

BOLT (Bloomsburg Online Learning and Teaching)

Saba