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Learning, Performance and Technology


The Master of Arts in Learning, Performance and Technology (MALPT) is a cohort-based, interdisciplinary program that seeks to prepare learning, development and change professionals to lead and facilitate the learning function of an organization and to leverage learning resources to strategically enhance organizational performance. The M.A. program promotes a community of practice for learning and development professionals to continue a professional development plan that expands and strengthens their competencies. Learn more in our information session video. As a student in the MALPT program, you will:

  • Lead and facilitate innovative learning solutions for organization needs
  • Understand adult learning and development in the workplace and how to leverage it for performance
  • Be able to design face-to-face, blended learning, and online learning for a variety of purposes, using appropriate technologies
  • Be capable of assessing system learning and change needs and designing appropriate learning/change programs


What you can earn

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  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • E-Learning Certificate

Where you'll learn

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  • On-campus (St. Thomas)
  • Online (Hybrid courses)

 

When you can start

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  • Cohort beginning February 7, 2015


Questions about this program

Ea Porter is an Administrative Assistant for the Teacher Education program in the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas.

Ea Porter

Enrollment Advisor

(651) 962-4657

celc@stthomas.edu


Program Details

For the Master of Arts (M.A.)

This class will introduce students to the foundations of Performance Improvement – the practice of improving individual, organizational and societal performance through assessment, solution selection and implementation.  This course will provide students with an overview of various performance improvement techniques and performance support tools (Performance Technology, Learning technology, Knowledge Management, etc). 

Using a project-based approach, this course focuses on the analysis, design, development, delivery and implementation of effective learning experiences. Topics include, but are not limited to, training needs assessment, job task and information analysis, instructional design and strategies, media selection, evaluation, delivery of instruction, and instructional project management. You will become familiar with proven theories and techniques of systematic instructional design and apply them to a project of your choice.

This course provides a foundation and skill development of Project management of Learning Systems with emphasis on the development of courses and curricula to be delivered as Web based training or a blended approach.  Students will broaden their understanding of Project management of Learning systems as they engage in demonstration, lecture, discussions, simulations, and group work to demonstrate their knowledge and application as they engage in learning about and creating a proposal and project plan that includes a time schedule, budget and progress tracking for all elements of a learning project including evaluation. Both reflective and practical learning activities, presentations, and projects will be offered. Students will apply what they have learned throughout the course as well as a final project at the end of the course.

This course provides a foundation in workplace learning & development.  Multiple approaches to learning & development in the workplace will be covered.  Course topics include adult learning & development (learning theories, motivation, brain development), theories into practice (transformational learning, experiential learning, action learning, self-directed learning), strategic learning & development (learning organization, high impact learning), team learning & development (team dynamics, participatory & democratic learning environments), instructional design and the technological tools (social media, synchronous and asynchronous learning solutions) to facilitate adult learning at workplace.

This course will explore theories and case examples of human communication and technology mediated processes in organizations and how they are being significantly reinterpreted and advanced as a result of use of innovative technology or disruptive technologies. We will employ hands-on learning with technology, reflect and react to these experiences, conceptualize the impact they have on people and organizations and apply our learning to collaborative projects in which we use the technology for organization development and change.

This internship provides for a supervised practice or project based on an approved proposal. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on research, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the internship project at an organization The internship will demonstrate competency of the ISTE Technology Standards (for K-12 educators) or ASTD competency model (for organization professionals) and provide an innovative experience in advanced technological deployment. Participants may complete the internship through department placement or at their place of employment working on new initiatives that are not part of their regular job responsibilities.

This seminar critically examines discussions on theories, practices, and issues related to technology-enabled formal and informal learning that lead to organizational development and change. Seminar will address different topics of timely interest, current issues, future trends, and various approaches to learning platforms, content tools, E-Leadership, Web2.0 tools and social learning applications.

E-Learning Electives

  • Design and Evaluation of Online/Blended Learning (LHDT 548)
  • Leading and Facilitating Virtual Collaboration and Community (LHDT 565)
  • Trends and Tools in E-Learning (LHDT 550)

 

One more elective from below or with program advisor’s approval in fall 2016:

  • Organizational Development & Design (HRDO 604)
  •  Leadership, Change and Development (HRDO 590)
  • Theory and Practice of Organization Change (HRDO 550)
  • Consulting & Partnering (HRDO 609)
  • Leadership and Organization Theory (EDLD 801)

TOTAL 33 Credits

For the E-Learning Certificate

Using a project-based approach, this course focuses on the analysis, design, development, delivery and implementation of effective learning experiences. Topics include, but are not limited to, training needs assessment, job task and information analysis, instructional design and strategies, media selection, evaluation, delivery of instruction, and instructional project management. You will become familiar with proven theories and techniques of systematic instructional design and apply them to a project of your choice.

This course focuses on the pedagogy, principles, applications, strategies, tools, and evaluation of online and blended learning. Organizations and educational institutions have recognized online and blended learning as sustainable methods to provide learning opportunities to engage learners. The knowledge and skills are vital to enhance learner’s overall learning experiences and provide accessible learning resources in the 21st century. The course topics include theoretical framework of online learning, instructional strategies for synchronous and asynchronous training, principles of good online learning design, learner engagement, assessment tools, case studies, evaluation methods, and applications for MOOCS, mobile learning, flipped classroom, and apps-based learning. E-Learning authoring tools and open source applications will be utilized to facilitate idea brainstorming, class discussion, presentation, final projects, and other instructional activities.

This course provides an overview of emerging E-Learning models and tools for the education sector, non-profit, government agencies, university and corporations.  The topics include an overview of E-Learning trends, E-Learning authoring tools, project management, strategic planning, and future trends. The student may choose to design, develop or implement an E-learning project, construct a project plan for the design/development/implementation of a project OR construct a strategic plan for promoting innovation in E-learning within their organization.

This course explores the context of the virtual/dispersed team and community. The emphases are on how to lead and facilitate collaboration among virtual teams and community of practice for organizational success. Four areas of focus include: leadership, competency, communication and relationships. Theoretical foundations, models of group development and exp

This internship provides for a supervised practice or project based on an approved proposal. Students will spend a minimum of 200 hours on research, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the internship project at an organization The internship will demonstrate competency of the ISTE Technology Standards (for K-12 educators) or ASTD competency model (for organization professionals) and provide an innovative experience in advanced technological deployment. Participants may complete the internship through department placement or at their place of employment working on new initiatives that are not part of their regular job responsibilities.

TOTAL 15 Credits

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Carole Bagley, Ph.D.

President, Technology Groups Organization Learning and Development
Chientzu Candace Chou, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor for Learning Technology in the Organization Learning and Development program at the University of St. Thomas.

Chientzu Candace Chou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Organization Learning and Development (651) 962-4814
MOH 339 | Opus Hall

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Anne Finch, E.D.D.

Chief Information officer at Logistics Health Incorporated Organization Learning and Development
Rama K. Hart, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Organization Learning and Development program at the University of St. Thomas.

Rama K. Hart, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Organization Learning and Development (651) 962-4454
MOH 429 | Opus Hall

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Benhong Rosaline Tsai, Ph.D.

Vice President, Training and Organization Development, EcoLab Organization Learning and Development
 
 

Special Opportunities
Ongoing Professional Development
Our Learning, Performance and Technology programs offer a wide variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year. The MA in Learning, Performance and Technology program has teamed up with professional organizations to host regular seminars and conferences in the Twin Cities. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with professionals from the Twin Cities and advance their knowledge and skills in innovative learning solutions. We host the Digital Learning Forum (http://digitallearningforum.com/) monthly presentations for participants to learn from experts and practitioners in the field of learning and development from a variety of organizations, including business, governments, not-profit and educational institutes. 

Mentored Internship Practice
The dedicated faculty in the MA program will work with you to ensure that your internship opportunities will lead to both personal and professional growth. Our participants have been placed at Medtronic, Target, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Securian, WomenVenture, Digital Empowerment Academy, various universities, K-12 schools, and other professional organizations.
 

The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.




Cost

Education (M.A., Ed.S., Certificate, Licensure)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $793.50
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
$150-250
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for special admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GRE, GMAT or LSAT
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee
  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • Initial Licensure:  MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

  • For Spring cohort: December 15, 2014

When you can start

  • Cohort forming Spring 2015
  • Classes begin February 7, 2015

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