Course Descriptions

To determine specific semester offerings, visit OASIS Schedule Search.

Select Campus=Tampa; and Department=Instructional Technology for the search.

NOTE: Students taking courses at USF System Institutions other than their home USF institution should seek the approval of their graduate program director prior to taking the courses to ensure that the courses are eligible for transfer.

EME 2040 - Introduction to Technology for Educators (3 credits)
An introduction to technology tools and implementation in teaching and learning processes. Students learn to evaluate technology use in education, explore theories behind education and educational tools, experience teaching and learning techniques, and create hands-on and useful technologies for use in life as a future educator.

EDF 4909 - Creative Learning Technologies (3 credits)
This course will expose students to creative methods of communication and instruction through the use of internet-based tools and design software. Though these tools are typically used in the field of education, they can be applied to a wide range of disciplines.

EDF 4909 - Digital Identity (3 credits)
IDH 4930 - Digital Identity (3 credits - Honors College)
Our digital footprints, shadows, and personae play an important part of who we are as individuals, as a society, and in the overarching human condition. This course allows students to examine themselves, others, society, and humanity through a critical lens. In addition to theories and foundations of digital identity, students will create a capstone project that demonstrates skill in using digital tools. Course content draws students into discourse about an important topic and provides them with tools to self-assess their identity in a digital world.

EDF 6284 - Problems in Instructional Design for Computers (3 credits) (online, f2f) 
This course focuses on the systematic design of instructional courseware, including analysis, media selection and evaluation. Topics include instructional strategies, screen design, response analysis, feedback and interactivity.

EDG 6975 - Project: Master's/Specialist (varying credit hours) 
Individual scholarly project planned and completed with the approval of the advisor and program committee.

EME 6053 - Internet in Education (3 credits) (online)
The course focuses on the applications of the Internet in education. Topics include: educational resources on the World Wide Web, copyright issues, webpage construction (HTML), evaluation of websites, Web Quests and other techniques for using the Internet to enhance instruction.

EME 6055  - Current Trends in Instructional Technology (3 credits) (online)
Development of concepts, strategies, and materials for the use of computer technology in the enhancement of instruction. The course explores the impact that computer technology can have on the nature of the teaching/learning process.

EME 6157 - Game Design & Development for Learning (3 credits)
Students learn about the structure of computer games, and the design and development of games for learning.  Students work in interdisciplinary teams designing/developing a game for learning.

EME 6207 - Web Design (3 credits) (online)
This online course focuses on the design of instructional and informational web sites. Topics include writing for the web, design of visual elements, usability issues, interactivity, multimedia, accessibility, globalization, and marketing. Students will evaluate web sites, create web-based quizzes, and design Web-Based Training (WBT).

EME 6208 - Interactive Media (3 credits) (online, f2f)
This course focuses on the design, development and implementation of interactive media in instructional settings. Topics include: hypermedia programs, compact disc technologies, digital images, interactive videodiscs, digital audio and digital video. Students will evaluate commercial programs and develop custom applications using appropriate tools.

EME 6209 - Digital Video (3 credits) (online,f2f)
This course focuses on the design, development, and implementation of animation and digital video for instructional multimedia programs. Topics include file formats, compression options, editing techniques, design considerations, and appropriate software tools.

EME 6215 - Instructional Graphics (3 credits) (online) 
This course focuses on the creation, transfer, and manipulation of graphic files for multimedia applications.

EME 6457 - Distance Learning (3 credits) (online)
This online course will explore all aspects of distance education. Topics include instructional strategies, interactivity, course development, research, delivery systems, needs analysis, administration, and evaluation. 

EME 6480/EME 6936 - Digital Citizenship & Online Safety (3 credits)
In a world where information technologies are seamlessly integrated with everyday life at nearly every level, preparing students to become engaged digital citizens and maintaining a safe learning environment are increasingly becoming concerns for educators from kindergarten through to higher education. This course provides an overview of basic digital citizenship concepts and a critical view of online safety issues with a focus on youth and educational settings. Students will develop a contextualized understanding of online threats faced by youth, examining the different social, legal, and technological forces that produce problems with safety and security through the work of key Internet studies scholars. Specific attention will be placed on balancing the role of cybersecurity efforts against the productive opportunities offered by digital technologies and social platforms. Students will be encouraged to consider and debate various positions surrounding these issues, which will include digital copyright, online harassment and violence, privacy and algorithmic culture, and cyberbullying, among others.

While students are expected to have only a basic understanding of information technology prior to taking this course (those with little experience are encouraged to take EME 6053), readings and assignments will be provided at the graduate level.

EME 6613 - Development of Technology-based Instruction (3 credits) (online, f2f)
Application of computer-based instructional design principles to the development of technology-based instruction. This course also incorporates state-of-the-art materials and methods involving digital technologies. PR: EDF 6284.

EME 6614 - Games Analytics for Learning (3 credits)
Students first learn theory & practice of game analytics, i.e., using games to gather data for assessment of learning. Students then fine-tune a game with iterative cycles of formative evaluation & revision, and finally gather a data set & analyze it.

EME 6235 - Technology Project Management (3 credits) (online)
This course focuses on the management of technology-based instructional projects. Topics include theories of project management, cost and time estimation, management software, role differentiation, resource planning, work breakdown structures, formative and summative evaluation, and dissemination. PR: EDF 6284

EME 6930 - Programming Language: Web Programming 1 (3 credits) (online, f2f)
An introduction to computer programming and its application to instruction and research. Course objectives are achieved through mastery of the fundamentals of HTML and JavaScript. 

EME 6930 - Programming Language: Web Programming 2 (3 credits) (online, f2f)
Web Programming 2 is a graduate level education course designed to introduce experienced educational web programmers to intermediate-level topics in client-side educational programming and to the application of the fundamentals of server-side programming to educational goals. The major course content is browser programming with JavaScript, server CGI programming with Perl, and server ASP programming with VBScript. PR: EME 6930: Web Programming 1 

EME 6936 - Technology Leadership in Education (3 credits)
The course explores the transformational power of emerging technologies to improve student learning and how leaders can integrate educational technologies in their schools. Learned skills include school-wide planning that incorporates instructional design, curriculum integration with the standards, and logistics of technology implementation at the school and district level, technology for professional development and training, and technologies for evaluation purposes. Students will prepare plans for implementation of these projects for local site improvement.

EME 6936 - Online Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
The course explores theories, frameworks, guidelines, best practices, and tips for teaching online learners. In addition to regular course activities (discussion, readings, collaboration, etc.), students design and teach a live online lesson or unit to students.

EME 6936 - Digital Media & Learning (3 credits)
In this course students will be introduced to the sociological and critical literatures on instructional technology, primarily via the Digital Media and Learning (DML) research network. Through these literatures, students will learn to develop open, connected, and student-centered instructional experiences using information technologies. This course extends the open, online course developed by the DML research network, entitled Connected Courses, to cover more conceptual material from technology studies, games/platform studies, and critical pedagogies.

EME 7458 - Research in Distance Learning (3 credits) (online) 
This online course about distance learning is designed to provide an integrated framework to explore theory within practice. The course will explore all types of distance and distributed learning—not just online learning. Topics include distance technologies; implications for teaching and learning; issues and trends; and research. 

EME 7615: Instructional Game Design for eBooks (3 credits) (f2f) 
Instructional design and development of games in eBooks to promote reading comprehension, analysis of existing research and participation in new research on games to promote reading comprehension. Focus is games for eBooks for web and portable devices. Appropriate for students in the Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs.

EME 7631 - Research in Technology Project Management (3 credits) (online)
This course focuses on research issues related to the management of technology-based instructional projects. Topics include research and theories related to project management, cost and time estimation, management software, role differentiation, resource planning, work breakdown structures, formative and summative evaluation, and dissemination. This course is appropriate for students in the Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs. PR: EDF 6284.

EME 7910 - Directed Research (3 credits)  
Directed independent research with faculty supervision.

EME 7938 - Computer Augmented Instructional Paradigms (3 credits) (blended) 
Doctoral-level research seminar in the field of instructional technology. EME 7938 students focus on IT research literature, purposes, and paradigms. The course is designed to engage students at the highest cognitive levels, requiring extensive independent literature review, conceptualization, evaluation, and writing. Students must be able to deliver, to receive, and to apply constructive criticism. Appropriate mainly for IT doctoral, cognate, & Ed.S. students, but doctoral students in other education disciplines who possess the prerequisite competencies may inquire.

EME 7939 - Research in Technology-based Education (3 credits) (blended) 
Seminar examining research methods for the uses of computers and related technology in teaching and learning. Also, includes investigation on role of computers and related technology as research instrumentation. PR: EME7938, CI, Advanced Graduate Standing. Appropriate for students in the Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs.

EME 7980 - Dissertation (varying credit hours) 
Doctoral dissertation hours in Instructional Technology (please enroll in the section taught by your Major Professor). PR: Must be admitted to Doctoral Candidacy.