Master of ScienceLearning Technologies and Media Systems
The Learning Technologies and Media Systems (LTMS) program explores the intersection of learning and technology and provides our students with hands-on experiences that show how technology is changing learning.
Students study the art and science of instructional design and develop practical skills to analyze performance, create new solutions and manage the technology of instruction.
Our students are employed in industry and in education, and our program strives to develop new knowledge in both areas. You can explore the many facets of the program from this central location. Learning technologies have expanded beyond the use of a learning management system and web-based learning to encompass a range of technologies and opportunities.
The Learning Technologies & Media Systems Master of Science (LTMS) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a part-time or full-time 36 semester-hour program that provides students with leading-edge approaches and skills to help them apply existing and emerging learning technologies in a variety of learning environments. The innovative applied learning technologies program provides you with immediate career benefits while preparing you for projected industry needs.
Student Thank You Note
“As an Indian military veteran, my transition to the corporate world in the U.S. is, in significant part, attributable to Harrisburg University. The choice of programs is very much attuned to industry needs, and the small class size helped me receive individual attention. Second, I am thankful to the ever-responsive professors who go out of their way to help clear any doubts I may have before or during courses. It gives me confidence knowing that they are vested in the students’ careers.”
Graduates of the LTMS program are able to:
- Analyze performance improvement opportunities to determine appropriate solutions;
- Create engaging learning solutions to improve performance;
- Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of learning solutions; and,
- Achieve the management of knowledge through digital communication.
Certificate in Instructional Technology K-12
The 24 semester hour graduate program in Instructional Technology prepares the student for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s instructional certificate in instructional technology K-12. A student may complete this program as a non-degree graduate student or as a Master of Science degree-seeking student.
LTMS Instructional Design Certificate
The 15 semester hour graduate program in Instructional Design prepares new-in-position or prospective training professionals for careers in corporate or industrial training. At the end of the program, the student will have a portfolio that will include a design document, 2 eLearning examples, and an assessment instrument. A student will complete courses as a non-degree-seeking student.
LTMS Computer Requirements
Students enrolled at Harrisburg University of Science and must have a laptop and a working wireless network connections, and the ability to print documents. It is the responsibility of every student to have a working computer and printer access. Additional information about minimum requirements and connecting to the HU wireless network can be found at https://ithelp.harrisburgu.edu.
- Students are required to have a working microphone to participate in online sessions.
- Students should use the Microsoft Office suite. Open office, Google Docs or anything else are acceptable only if the files submitted are compatible with and can be opened by university software. Students are eligible for Office 365 ProPlus: instructions for downloading and using Office 365 ProPlus are available at https://ithelp.harrisburgu.edu.
- It is the policy of Harrisburg University that university business be conducted using a Harrisburgu.edu or a my.Harrisburgu.edu email account.
- Students and faculty are required to use the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) for HU. Instructors regularly post information such as assignments, due dates, readings and outlines on the LMS. Students are responsible for reading any course announcement that are posted on the LMS.
LTMS specific requirements include:
- Multiple LTMS courses use Articulate 360 as our development environment. This software is provided at no cost to LTMS students; however, this software will only run under the Windows 10 operating system.
- If you have an Apple, you must, at your own expense, obtain and install dual-boot software, and obtain the Windows OS.
- Support for this option is not provided by the Harrisburg University IT organization. The ability of LTMS faculty members to support multiple configurations is also limited and outside the scope of the course content. We apologize for this, but we do not have the ability to troubleshoot student systems and teach the course content.
- If you have a new Apple that uses an M1 chip, the ability to dual-boot is still in beta and may not work at all.
- Some classes (i.e. LTMS 514) may require students to use Adobe Creative Cloud. This is not provided by the University, but can be obtained for a nominal monthly fee from a variety of sources, including companies like Academic Superstore.
Responsibility for resolving any computer/software problems are the responsibility of the individual student. Students should visit the OIS support page at https://ithelp.harrisburgu.edu. The page allows your to search a knowledge base for answers to your technology-related questions at Harrisburg University. If you are unable to find a solution by searching the knowledge base, you can submit a ticket to get assistance from one of our support staff. You can also call 717.901.5177 with questions.
Richard Kordel, D.Ed. Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies & LTMS Program Lead
Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies & LTMS Program Lead
Corporate Faculty (LTMS)
Corporate Faculty (LTMS)
This program requires a total of 36 semester hours: 15 semester hours from the core courses listed below, 6 semester hours of experiential courses, and 15 semester hours of Individualized Concentration courses. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).
The course focuses on the use of an instructional design process to improve learning outcomes, with an emphasis on the analysis components of instructional design that create a foundation for successful learning solutions. The course explores tools and techniques for analysis, design, development, delivery and evaluation and addresses strategies that can be enhanced by technology integration. The goal of the course is to establish a systematic process for designing instruction and explores trends and technology integration opportunities throughout the process.
This course presents an overview of multiple technology-based solutions to realize learning outcomes. Beyond a survey of learning software, the course challenges the student to think broadly about emerging technology trends that present opportunities. By establishing a systematic decision analysis process, the student will be able to assess suitable technology tools for specific environments and learning needs. A broad survey of open source and proprietary solutions will be explored, as well as emerging trends in learning technologies. Course topics are examined within a framework of learning strategies and learning architecture.
The course focuses on creating media for learning solutions. Selecting appropriate media to meet learning objectives will be explored as the student creates graphics, illustrations, audio, video and animations to support learning. Graphic design fundamentals will be addressed in addition to production skills like media compression and conversion. Industry leading media software and open source options will both be considered.
This course presents content creation software that can be used for eLearning. The student will create eLearning modules that focus on navigation, usability and compliance to content standards. Planning and asset management will also be explored as elements of efficient eLearning development. Industry leading software and open source options will both be considered.
This course is an in-depth exploration of learning theories including, but not limited to, behavioral modeling, cognitive processing, metacognition, motivation, social learning, constructivism and connectivisim. Culture and learning, brain research and the integration of technology to support learning theories are also explored. Theories and practices are examined within the context of creating instructional strategies as part of learning design with a focus on technology-supported learning solutions.
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