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The Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology is a 18-credit, six course program designed to build the knowledge and practical skills of professionals working in the field of technology-mediated education. It meets the growing need for management-level individuals who have the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in program design, development, and evaluation, as well as the need for online facilitators who can effectively integrate educational technologies into their teaching and learning environments.

This program was designed to be taken on its own, but students who successfully complete the program may have their credits applied to the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology is delivered as a blended program (incorporating online learning with an on-campus residency), as well as a purely online model.

Who It’s For
Instructors who work in or aspire to work in technology-mediated learning environments including K-12 education systems, post-secondary institutions, government departments, the corporate sector, and not-for-profit agencies. This program is for those interested in integrating technology more effectively into the classroom; individuals responsible for professional development within corporations, government and the public sector; and senior decision-makers responsible for online learning activities.

Applications are assessed, based on an integrated and consolidated examination of academic credentials, work experience and personal experience. Experience in a technology-mediated learning environment is an asset.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Outcomes
Graduates will have the skills to assume leadership roles in program design, development, implementation, and evaluation of technology-mediated learning initiatives.

Graduates will be able to:
-Develop proposals for instructional strategies
-Analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional design
-Recommend appropriate learning strategies
-Plan and coordinate projects to a successful conclusion
-Evaluate current educational technology research
-Advance their careers as leaders in technology-mediated learning environments

Graduates will have:
-Expanded knowledge of educational theory
-Developed practical skills in graphic design, project management and instructional design
-Increased understanding of student characteristics and needs
-Enhanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

Delivery Model
The Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology is delivered as a blended program (incorporating online learning with an on-campus residency), as well as a purely online model.

Pre-Residency
Students begin the Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology program with a very short online pre-residency session that introduces them to the instructor, familiarizes them with the course content and materials, and connects them with other students in the program. This blended learning format allows students to benefit from the synergy of on-campus learning and direct interaction with leading faculty members, while still meeting the demands of career and lifestyle. The result is accessible, high quality learning with minimal professional disruption.

Residency
The 10-day residency is a carefully designed period of intense academic study in which students complete approximately 75 per cent of two courses – Learning Theory and Introduction to Research. The schedule of instruction and studying during the residency is structured to optimize the face-to-face access to instructors, develop networks with fellow students, and access the support services of the university if required. The typical daily schedule is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Team meetings, homework, and readings are done outside of these hours.

Online Learning
Distance courses are delivered entirely online through innovative, easy to use Internet technologies. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.

Each course requires a level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week. This varies from student to student and becomes easier as students familiarize themselves with Royal Roads University's distance learning technologies, and learn how to work effectively with team members in a virtual setting.

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