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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.”

Asha Bhardwaj, Class of 2021

Program Goals

Graduates of the LTMS program are able to:

Program Concentrations

Program Certificates

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.

Program Lead

 Richard  Kordel, D.Ed.

Richard Kordel, D.Ed. Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies & LTMS Program Lead

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Full Time Faculty

Richard Kordel, D.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies & LTMS Program Lead

Mark Moore, M.S.

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Marian Gigliotti

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Corporate Faculty

Shawn Canady

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Michelle Krill

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Jennifer McNamara

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Brian Merrill

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Cindy Thatcher

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Albert Unrath

Corporate Faculty (Learning Technologies & Media Systems)

Program Courses

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 ( ).

LTMS 500 – Macro Instructional Design (3 credits)

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.

LTMS 510 – Learning Tech & Solutions (3 credits)

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.

LTMS 514 – Media Selection, Design & Product (3 credits)

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.

LTMS 518 – eLearning Development (3 credits)

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.

LTMS 525 – Learning Theories and Inst Strat (3 credits)

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.

International Admissions

Information for International Students

The University is home to more than 5,000 international students representing 110 countries.

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