SDSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in New Technologies for Teaching and Learning is designed to help educators and trainers revolutionize their teaching methods using the latest teaching technology. The courses in this program are for academic credit (at 3 units each) and will appear on an SDSU official transcript. You can even transfer up to 9 units towards earning your M.A. in Learning Design and Technology from SDSU. In just nine months, you’ll learn how to leverage technology to make your lessons smarter, more engaging, and above all, more accessible for all types of learners.

Overview

About the Program

SDSU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in New Technologies for Teaching and Learning is designed to help educators and trainers transform their teaching methods using the latest teaching technology. The courses in this program are for academic credit (at 3 units each) and will appear on an SDSU official transcript. You can even transfer up to 9 units towards earning your M.A. in Learning Design and Technology from SDSU.

Estimated CostTotal Estimated Cost
$6,588
Completion Time Completion Time
As short as 9 months
Course Format Course Format
Online

Through collaborative online courses led by expert instructors from SDSU’s Learning Design and Technology (LDT) Program, you’ll build a solid theoretical foundation on technology’s use in teaching in various settings, while also learning how to put those theories into practice through guided design and development projects. In just nine months, you’ll be able to use these tools and theories to help make your lessons smarter, more engaging, and above all, more accessible for all types of learners.

What You Can Learn

This four-course certificate program will help you approach your lessons with a new set of tools that you can use to enhance student learning and engagement, including digital learning games. You’ll focus on virtual reality, augmented reality, and learn how to develop immersive virtual lessons using freely available software and apps. You’ll also learn how to deliver your lessons through mobile learning tools and applications, while analyzing current trends and near-future technologies with implications for teaching and learning.

These online courses are tailored to meet your immediate needs as an instructor. You’ll focus on the educational theories behind using technology in the classroom, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to apply those theories by using technology to enhance your own instructional methods.

Your online courses are led by internationally-recognized educational experts from SDSU’s Learning Design and Technology Program, who bring years of professional experience to every course. Through their guidance, you’ll be able to facilitate higher student achievement and stronger learning outcomes, setting your learners up for success that reaches far beyond the classroom.

Courses

Games, Play, and Learning | LDT 515
LDT 515 provides a broad overview of games of many types. You'll learn to analyze existing games in terms of mechanics and their emotional and cognitive outcomes. You'll learn hands-on how digital games are created by using a game development platform. You'll examine issues of violence in games and synthesize current research on the topic. You'll also design a tabletop game to teach a specific topic. Finally, you'll participate in role play to develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of game-based learning in education.
Instructor: Dan McDowell, M.A.
Dates: Oct. 26-Dec. 20, Fall 20

Mixed Reality, Virtual Worlds and Future Learning | LDT 525
Someday soon, you’ll pull a visor over your eyes and forget where you are. You’ll use this headset to play games, explore other parts of the world, hobnob with friends, and learn new skills. While covering your eyes and ears, you’ll open yourself up to worlds that could barely be imagined by your parents. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and virtual worlds are moving from the labs and geeks to the mainstream. How will this change entertainment, news, and education? In LDT 525, you’ll explore these questions. We will survey the current hardware (e.g., Oculus, Hololens, HTC), create immersive virtual tours, and design a learning environment in a virtual world.
Instructor: Kevin White, M.A.
Dates: Jan. 25-March 21, Spring 21

Mobile Application Development for Learning | LDT 630
This course will provide an overview of recent and near-future developments in the realm of mobile learning. You'll learn about new technologies, implementation and policy issues, and platforms and methods for creating mobile learning environments and courses. You'll exit the course with new vocabulary and an improved ability to select and design mobile learning solutions, which can be apps, mobile websites, mobile courses, or mobile training modules. This course will also explore augmented reality technology and its use in teaching and learning.
Instructor: Minjuan Wang, Ph.D.
Dates: March 22-May 16, Spring 21

Advanced Seminar in New Technologies | LDT 700
This course analyzes current trends and near-future technologies with implications for teaching and learning. These include artificial intelligence, machine learning, voice-driven environments, and personalized learning. You'll critique these technologies through lenses of practicality, ethics, and social impact and generate ideas for their ideal use.
Instructor: Kevin Storm Jorgensen, M.A.
Dates: May 31-July 25, Spring 21

Who Should Register?

This online certificate program is designed for teaching and training professionals with bachelor’s degrees. While anyone interested in educational technology, instructional design, teaching, or training can register for these courses, we strongly suggest that all students are conversant with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Zoom, and tools in the Google Suite (Drive, Sheets, Slides, Docs, etc.). You’ll also need a smartphone for most of the courses. No other special equipment is needed to complete the coursework. You’ll be assigned an SDSU ID, which will grant you free access to Microsoft 360 and Adobe Creative Suite during the term of your course.

Please note that if you are not currently interested in pursuing the certificate, you may take as many individual courses as you wish to bring your skills to the forefront.

Meet Your Instructors

Daniel McDowell Instructor Photo
Dan McDowell, M.A. Education
Director of Learning and Innovation, Grossmont Union High School District

Minjuan Wang Instructor Photo
Minjuan Wang, Ph.D.
Professor of Learning Design and Technology, Program Coordinator, SDSU

Kevin White Instructor Photo
Kevin White, M.A. Education
STEM/Social Science Teacher, The Learning Choice Academy

Kevin Jorgensen Instructor Phot
Kevin Storm Jorgensen, M.A. Education
Senior Operations Training & Development Specialist, General Dynamics NASSCO

Want to Learn More?

For more information, please email jkdelong@sdsu.edu or call 619-594-1188.

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Courses

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LDT 0515 Games, Play, and Learning
Analysis of games and play from cognitive, historical, motivational, and social perspectives. Design of simple learning games. Survey of the game industry and use of games in education and training.
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Daniel McDowell