Master of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Program Description

Master of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Master of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction

Program Overview

Capitalizing on the progress of learning technologies, this program opens an educational space where learner(s) with a first degree in education, human or social sciences will build the capacity needed to technology-enhance their pedagogical practices when they are engaged in education or training careers (adult pedagogy, training, communication, instructional design). The MA OCI targets excellence in the development, implementation, delivery and assessment of online courses. The MA OCI combines general courses providing the foundations of a sound online education program (learning and teaching theories, psychology, education technology, research methods), with core courses about strategies and policies of online pedagogy. In addition the program offers a set of very specialized electives representing the current trends in online education.

What is Unique about this Program?

The Master of Arts in Online Curriculum & Instruction (MAOCI) program provides learners with educational, humanity or social sciences background, the opportunity to strengthen and enhance their pedagogical practices and careers in instructional design, adult pedagogy, training and communication through integrating contemporary technologies and methods. The program responds to pressing needs of the Arab world through making quality modern education accessible to a wide audience with flexible delivery methods using the blended learning approach combining the benefits of self-paced learning, online collaboration and traditional face to face learning.

Target Audience

This program is designed to attract a diverse audience interested in the creation, design, engineering and delivery of educational material using online technologies and digital media. Learners with a background in education, human or social sciences (psychology, sociology, philosophy) as well as academics, HR specialists, and corporate trainers will take a full benefit of this program.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this program, the graduates become instructional designers, e-content developers or other emerging positions in educational innovation in schools, government or private educational bodies and universities, or human resources and professional development departments.

Program Goals

  • Prepare learners and future e-instructional engineers to develop, implement, deliver and assess distance education/ online programmes. Perfect their ability to use all features of an online learning environment to improve the practices of their learner(s) and to innovate in their own practice.
  • Expose learners and future pedagogical engineers to major concepts and theories related to learning, teaching and training using educational technologies, as well as the pedagogical applications of these concepts to the effective delivery of online learning.
  • Develop an awareness of the emerging context of online global higher education. Prepare future graduates with a critical understanding of the frameworks of participative knowledge production, quality assurance and qualifications recognition needed in order to formulate effective online learning strategies in the future.
  • Develop the abilities of learners to use authentic assessment methods and strategies to evaluate, apply and adapt instructional plans, while promoting alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment findings.
  • Provide learners with advanced principles of instructional design enabling them to effectively use web/multimedia e-learning authoring tools.
  • Prepare learners to develop, enhance/add-value to methodologies for planning, managing, developing and assessing online educational scenarios and activities.
  • Provide learners, users and authors of material with sound knowledge of intellectual property and copyright (IPR) issues that impact digital online education.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major learning theories and their applications to the analysis, implementation and assessment of online education programs and systems.
  • Demonstrate abilities to analyze the needs of learners and their implications in educational and training issues.
  • Demonstrate abilities to select plan and implement the most suitable and innovative pedagogical strategies, bearing in mind the context of learning, the learner(s) profiles and the pieces of knowledge to be learnt, contextualized or created from scratch.
  • Demonstrate abilities to identify and define goals and objectives for a specific area of study and apply the principles of instructional design to the design of relevant learning materials adapted to this area of study.
  • Demonstrate abilities to match learning context and appropriate technology. Demonstrate abilities to critically analyze the potentialities of learning technologies and to apply these abilities to the enhancement of design and delivery of contents, ensuring reflexive and collaborative learning.
  • Demonstrate abilities to critically evaluate the impact of these different assessment techniques on the learning process, to apply competency-based assessment techniques and to effectively measure learning outcomes. Demonstrate abilities to establish formative and summative evaluation plans, to design valid and reliable student learning assessment instruments and to administer both formative and summative assessment activities in a course.
  • Demonstrate theoretical and hands-on knowledge of the role of the e-tutor, e-moderator and e-mentor. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities needed to conduct an online tutoring session providing effective online support to learners, either individuals or in groups.
  • Demonstrate capacity to apply IPR concepts, policies and approaches in line with international standards and evolving policies to the deployment of educational contents. Demonstrate abilities to critically analyze and apply ethical principles suitable to online course development, such as varying interpretations of ‘open educational resources’, ‘non- commercial’, and the use of ‘no derivative’ materials as open educational resources.
  • Demonstrate capacity to synthesize and apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for online education, such as theory-driven designs, theory-building research or design-based research.
  • Demonstrate capacity to discriminate between different research approaches and link research problem, theory and design. Be able: to identify research topics, formulate goals and precise research questions and their answers; to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative data analysis; to create drafts for research plans, including work packages and a timeline to conduct a literature review, to present bibliographies and to make citations.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Arabic

Last updated March 1, 2016
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This course is Online & Campus Combined
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Sept. 2016
3 semesters
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Start date Sept. 2016
United Arab Emirates Dubai
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