Technology Studies Education provides a forum for exploring and studying information and communication technologies (ICT), new media, and the philosophy of technology. Curriculum, pedagogy, research, and development interests of faculty and students include affective computing, cyberculture and cyborg relations, digital ecology and diversity, distributed cognition, gaming, ICT integration in K-16 formal and informal learning environments (face-to-face, hybrid, and online distance education), intellectual property, open source, and cultural studies. The program offers a common core of courses, a range of electives, and a variety of professional education opportunities.
The Technology Studies Education graduate program consists of magistral and doctoral degree programs in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy. The Digital Learning and Curriculum cohort (DLC) is our flagship off-campus graduate program for practicing teachers. For information, see the DLC portal and information on the DLC cohorts at EPLT. The Master of Education (MEd), Master of Arts (MA) are administrated by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy while the Master of Educational Technology (MET) degree is administrated by External Programs and Learning Technologies and the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) sub-specialization is administrated by the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC). The MA, MEd and MET are 30 credit programs, with varying research emphases. The MET program offers an array of courses to complete the program on-line.
In conjunction with the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC), EDCP (Technology Studies) offers a Sub-specialization in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Human-Computer Interaction is an interdisciplinary field of study that explores human behaviour in technology-rich environments with the goal of informing the design and testing of new technologies. MAGIC does not grant degrees, however students earning degrees in participating departments can also earn a Sub-specialization in Human-Computer Interaction by successfully completing the Sub-specialization requirements listed below in addition to those necessary for their Master’s degree.
The goal of the Sub-specialization in HCI is to provide a structured way for students enrolled in various graduate programs to study and carry out research in HCI with guidance from relevant faculty advisors, and to bring interested students from different departments together in a graduate student community integrated into the general university research community.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is an advanced research degree. Courses in the PhD program are elected through consultation with an advisor. The focus in the Technology Studies graduate program is on New Media and ICT. This is intended to provide an interdisciplinary orientation for students. For Faculty wide course listings in the graduate program, go to the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Programs web site.
Graduate Program in Technology Studies
Sub-specialization in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) consists of: (A) a sequence of 3 required foundation courses, (B) one elective course and (C) a thesis/project in HCI. Upon completion of (A) and (B), Specialization students become Specialization in HCI Candidate. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure their coursework meets the requirements for the Master’s degree in their home department.
A. Three (3) Required Courses:
Successful completion of a sequence of three required HCI foundation courses, one from each area below:
i. One (1) Foundations of HCI Course
– CPSC 544 : Human-Computer Interaction
ii. One (1) Empirical Methods and Analysis course
– PSYC 546A : Introduction to Graduate Statistics or equivalent
iii. One (1) One Design + Evaluation course
– CPSC543: Physical Interface Design & Evaluation or
– EECE 518 : Human Interface Technologies
The Master of Education Degree (MEd) is designed for a variety of professionals working in education. It is suitable for teachers who wish to become more informed about new technologies, or who wish to assume a leadership position in their school districts. The M.Ed. consists of 30 credits (normally 8-10 courses with a major project option).
The Master of Arts Degree (MA) is designed for people interested in pursuing a research topic in new media technologies. It is recommended for those who wish to pursue a doctoral program at a late date. The MA consists of 30 credits (normally 7 courses plus a 9 credit thesis).
Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) is intended for people interested in research in new media and ICT. Ph.D. candidates are normally required to complete two academic years in residence. Required courses include two doctoral seminars in curriculum and two research methodology courses. The student chooses remaining courses in consultation with her or his advisor. The dissertation is a significant contribution to knowledge in the field and is developed in close collaboration with an advisor and dissertation committee.