Interdisciplinary Studies Cluster
College of Education and Allied Studies
Office: Arts and Education Bldg. 305
Phone: (510) 885-4496
The Interdisciplinary Studies Cluster (College of Education and Allied Studies) program is built on the recognition that there are some issues that cross disciplines or professional areas within the College of Education and Allied Studies. It develops cross-disciplinary courses and experiences for students at the same time it provides a base for those subjects, programs, and faculty not currently embraced by any one department. It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty in the college, builds partnerships, and broadens program offerings for current and new students. By involving faculty from three or more departments in common endeavors, the Interdisciplinary Studies Cluster actively encourages cross-departmental renewal and innovation. The Cluster offers the M.S. in Education, Option in Online Teaching described below.
Option in Online Teaching and Learning
To be admitted to the Online Teaching and Learning Option in the M.S. in Education, students meet normal Cal State East Bay requirements for admission to a graduate program in Education. Students from schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 213 (550 on the former grading scale) for admission to the program.
- Curricular Requirements (45 units)
Students work with designated program advisors. Communication with advisors is by e-mail, telephone, and video conference as necessary. Student orientation to the program is by means of the program website.
Students complete 45 units of approved coursework. All work applied toward the 45 units must be at an average grade of "B" (3.0) or higher, and no graduate-level required course may be at a grade below "B." Students who are qualified for admission to the program will be placed in the "Conditionally Classified Graduate" category. Upon completion of the University Writing Skills Requirement (which is satisfied with a "B" or better in OTL 6706), they will be placed in the "Classified Graduate" category. If students do not pass OTL 6706 with a "B" or better, they must take the Writing Skills Test (WST) to satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement. If students do not pass the WST, they must take a course or courses (depending on the score they received on the WST), to improve their skills and satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement. Students complete OTL 6899 Project (4.5)0 as the capstone experience.
- Required Courses (36 units)
Students must complete OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704 before they may take any other courses.
- OTL 6701 Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (4.5)
- OTL 6702 Teaching Models for Online Instruction (4.5)
- OTL 6703 Technology Tools for Online Instruction (4.5)
- OTL 6704 Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction (4.5)
- OTL 6705 Educational Planning and Development for Online Programs (4.5)
- OTL 6706 Research in Online Teaching and Learning (4.5)
- OTL 6707 History and Culture of Online Learning Communities (4.5)
- OTL 6899 Project (4.5)
- Electives (9 units)
- Theoretical: Choose one of the following (4.5 units):
- OTL 6772 Content Development for Online Learning (4.5)
- OTL 6773 Supervising and Evaluating Online Teaching 4.5)
- OTL 6774 Current Issues in Online Learning (4.5)
- Methodological: Choose one of the following (4.5 units):
- OTL 6780 Building the Online Environment (4.5)
- OTL 6781 Creating Digital Media for Online Instruction (4.5)
- OTL 6782 Designing and Implementing User Interfaces for Online Instruction (4.5)
- OTL 6783 Providing Interactivity in the Online Environment (4.5)
- Theoretical: Choose one of the following (4.5 units):
- Required Courses (36 units)
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6701||Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (4.5)
Design and delivery of online coursework with consideration of principles of teaching and learning, the virtual classroom, synchronous vs. asynchronous teaching and learning, copyright and fair use, accessibility, appropriate learning strategies in on-ground and online classes, potential for interactivity, and contrast between the principles and practices of on-ground and online teaching and learning.
|6702||Teaching Models for Online Instruction (4.5)
Teaching models and their relationship to curriculum development, to student learning, to assessment, and to learning psychology. Special attention to the application of models of teaching to online instruction, different learning styles, various teaching and learning situations, needs of learners with accessibility issues, and limitations of current technologies. Prerequisite: OTL 6701.
|6703||Technology Tools for Online Instruction (4.5)
Design and construction of online environments for teaching and learning. Attention to platform, browser, system differences and limitations as well as to synchronous, asynchronous, and web-based delivery systems. Differences among online delivery providers, emphasis on maximum accessibility. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702.
|6704||Designing Curriculum for Online Instruction (4.5)
Incorporating on-ground and online teaching strategies and concepts into the design of an online course, including objectives, assignments, assessment, collaboration, participation, and course materials. Models of teaching and learning outcomes in on-ground and online courses. Practice in linking appropriate teaching models and designated learning outcomes with attention to differing learning styles. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703.
|6705||Educational Planning and Development for Online Programs (4.5)
History of innovation in education and its effect on educational culture and thought. Organizational and managerial issues, problems, decision-making and solutions for successful implementation of online programs. Solutions to educational problems common to on-ground and online teaching environments as well as consideration of educational problems unique to online education such as intensive faculty development and support. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6706||Research in Online Teaching and Learning (4.5)
Research methods in education, both quantitative and qualitative, with attention to sources, collection, and uses of data. Critical analysis of research on online teaching and learning. Preparation of a research project to include references, rationale, and outline. Offered collaboratively with library staff. Satisfies the University Writing Skills. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704. Requirement only for M.S. Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning Students if passed with a "B" or better.
|6707||History and Culture of Online Learning Communities (4.5)
The development of the cyberclassroom of today from both traditional distance learning correspondence courses and early networked virtual realities with attention to the history and culture of education. Evolution of on-ground and online teaching and learning roles, development of institutional responsibilities, and growth of degree, certificate, and enrichment programs. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6772||Content Development for Online Learning (4.5)
Creating course materials specific to various learning environments: corporate, academic, military, industrial, enrichment, online and on-ground. Differences between training and education with emphasis on relevant teaching and learning strategies for each modality. Completion of online teaching components suitable to at least two different environments. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6773||Supervising and Evaluating Online Teaching (4.5)
Effective delivery of online materials within the context of educational theories of supervisory functions. Adaptation of techniques, including clinical supervision, for promoting and supporting teacher growth and development in the online environment. Online mentoring of new online teachers. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6774||Current Issues in Online Learning (4.5)
Controversies, problems, and promises of online teaching and learning, including examination of the role of gender, class, race in online teaching and learning, the potential impact of corporate influences on traditional educational paradigms, and the future of both online and on-ground education. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6780||Building the Online Environment (4.5)
Designing and implementing an online teaching site, including assignments, interactivity, contact protocols, syllabus, course materials, and research and development resources for student use. Presentation of materials in various formats including PDF, Shockwave, Flash, and HTML. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6781||Creating Digital Media for Online Instruction (4.5)
Making multimedia materials available in the online classroom with texts, images, sounds, videos, animations. Needs of students with accessibility challenges. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6782||Designing and Implementing User Interfaces for Online Instruction (4.5)
Using principles of user interface, audience analysis, discourse communities, and educational psychology to design online educational sites which reflect the needs of teachers, learners, and the global community. The effectiveness of colors, images, animations, and interactivity to facilitate communication with online students. Accessibility issues will be stressed. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
|6783||Providing Interactivity in the Online Environment (4.5)
Using latest and most sophisticated web resources to create learning environments that maximize interactivity, collaboration, document sharing, assessment, and access to multimedia materials. Prerequisites: OTL 6701, 6702, 6703, and 6704.
Development of an original product (teaching project, implementation plan, program evaluation proposal) which is identified in the research course and summarized in a written abstract. Both the project and the abstract are submitted to the program faculty which specify their formats. Supervision by a faculty committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy.