Academics

Doctor of Philosophy in Learning and Technology

The Ph.D. program in Learning and Technology is designed to enable students to become independent scholars, who are able to make significant contributions to knowledge in the discipline of educational psychology and the field of educational technology. The focus of the program is on the assessment and understanding of learning outcomes and processes in technology-rich learning environments and in modifying those environments in ways that promote more effective learning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to analyze key theories related to learning, cognition, and development;
  • Understand and be able to analyze key theories related to educational technology;
  • Understand how to design and modify technology-rich learning environments to promote more effective learning;
  • Critically evaluate research studies based on each study’s methodology, literature support, and significance;
  • Understand and use advanced statistical research methods (including computer technology for the analysis of data);  understand the role of causation in science and the threats to causal inference posed by invalid research design and methodology;
  • Understand (a) qualitative approaches to exploring phenomena related to educational and other social contexts, (b) the theoretical and practical considerations of conducting and interpreting case studies, ethnographies, participant observations, narrative reports, and design-based research, and (c) criteria for establishing goodness of qualitative studies;
  • Develop plans for test construction, item and test specification, item writing and selection, test preparation and administration, test and item analysis, item and test revision to enhance reliability and validity, and various methods for validating tests, such as factor analysis, item response theory, and current issues in measurement;
  • Serve as independent scholars who can design, implement, and prepare reports of research studies, and make significant contributions to the discipline of educational psychology or the fields of educational technology or the learning sciences;
  • Develop an identity relative to some aspect of learning and technology, actively contribute to the profession, and understand aspects of ethical and professional functioning in the chosen domain.

Career Possibilities

  • University and college faculty
  • Community college faculty
  • Educational technology director for school districts, human services agencies, hospitals, businesses etc.
  • Technology education program evaluators
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
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