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Department of Professional Studies

Adult and Postsecondary Education Courses

Adult Education (ADED)

4750. Perspectives on Teaching. 1-3 (max. 6). S/U only. For undergraduate students selected to collaborate with UW faculty or professional staff in the delivery and sometimes the design of a university course, this course augments in-class experiences with an examination of basic learning and teaching principles. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA.

5000. Trends in ___. 2 (max. 6). Provides reading, discussion, research, and appraisal of new methods, materials, equipment, and experimental programs concerned with the improvement of education as it pertains to adult education. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5020. Survey of Adult Education. 3. Designed as an introduction to the field of adult education; its focus is the general knowledge base upon which the practice of adult education rests; e.g., history and philosophy, adult learning and development, agencies and programs, and problems and issues. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5050. Learning Theories for Educators. 3. Learning and development theories are essential for educators who are designing and implementing educational applications and opportunities. Topics covered include orientations toward learning, motivation, life transitions, cognition, learning how to learn, self-directed learning, and strategies for improving learning in educational contexts. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5090. Masters Capstone. 4. Capstone is designed to provide a forum in which to apply theories, principles, and skills to the kinds of situations adult educators may encounter in practice. It provides a vehicle to document the successful completion of general and degree specific competencies and to examine the critique current scholarship in adult education. Students complete the requirements of the Plan B process. Cross listed with ITEC 5090. Prerequisites: must have completed or concurrently completing course work for ALT master's degree.

5100. Mountain Folk School. 2. S/U only. Within residential and learning community, this course seeks to strengthen ones' relationship with the natural world, increase understanding of cultural heritage, and heighten sensitivity for time and place. Participants explore ways of further developing keener ways of seeing, critiquing, and connecting to the setting and heritage surrounding them. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5240. Teaching Adults. 3. This course is developed upon the premise that individuals teach as they would expect to be taught.  It focuses on methods for teaching adults in formal as well as informal settings.  The learning styles literature is reviewed and implications for instructional settings are analyzed.  Participants also critique their teaching performance through videotaped sessions. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5260. Educational Issues in Race, Class and Gender. 3. Designed to help participants examine the current issues and debates in the literature of race, class, and gender from theoretical and practical perspectives. Related areas of ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, language, physical appearance, body size, and other constructs of difference will also be addressed. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5440. Information Technology. 3. The course will provide information to help learners efficiently access information electronically. Philosophical, ethical, and management issues as well as technical information will be presented. The analysis of needs combined with knowledge of electronic tools for the purpose of efficiently meeting the information needs of clientele will be stressed, as well as knowledge of the appropriate use of electronic products for more specific problems/projects. Identical to LIBS 5440. Prerequisites: graduate standing and/or consent of instructor.

5450. Short Course in Adult Education. 1-2 (max. 6). For special topics in adult education on the basis of need. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5510. Adult Education Movement U.S.A. 3. Provides an opportunity to explore significant works and historical moments in the adult education and instructional technology literature, to analyze the emergence of an adult education movement in the United States, and to participate in local research into the history of Wyoming adult education and instructional technology activities. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5610. Planning and Evaluation of Instructional Systems. 3. Participants investigate the concepts, issues, methods, and attitudes involved in the planning and evaluation of instructional systems. Topics covered include planning processes, theory and technique, goal setting, needs assessment, marketing and promotion, evaluation, setting objectives, and trend analysis. Prerequisite:  graduate standing.

5660. Community College. 3. Concerns the philosophy, organization, program, and administration of the community college. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5680. Issues in Higher Education. 3. Through examination of historical foundations and current trends, this course delves into pressing issues in the academy, including but not limited to topics of tenure, governance, professional colleges, access and equity, curriculum and international trends. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5710. International Adult Education. 3. Introduces the theoretical foundation of comparative education, including global education systems, education as a function of national development and policies. Related topics: social issues, literacy, transnational collaboration, the role of international development agencies in education, folk schools, and specific nation case studies. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5890. Seminar. 1-6 (max. 8). Advanced students in education work together intensively on current issues and problems relevant to adult education and participate in systematic, critical interpersonal evaluation. Eight hours are permitted on a doctoral program. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

Instructional Technology (ITEC)

4220. Materials Production I. 2. The first in a series of laboratory experiences aimed at providing teachers, administrators, and production specialists with skills in the design and production of instructional materials. Focuses on the basic production processes (i.e. mounting, lettering, coloring, illustrating, converting and duplicating). A materials fee will be assessed. May be used toward the practical and applied arts requirement. Prerequisite: ITEC 4120 or consent of instructor.

4340. Integrating Computer-Based Technologies in Teaching ___. 1-3 (max. 6). Equips students with information, skills and insights necessary for successful integration of computer-based technologies into classroom teaching. Content includes modeling of techniques, teaching strategies and appropriate applications of computer-based technologies in specific content areas and consideration of computer-related issues facing educators. Prerequisite: ITEC 2360 or equivalent.

4360. Advanced Instructional Computing. 3. This course is for graduate students and teachers interested in learning how to appropriately use microcomputers (CBE, CAI, CBI and CMI) in the classroom and as a tool in their disciplines. Methods of using microcomputers to improve learning, retention, motivation and higher order thinking skills are examined. Systems for classroom management and criteria for selection of hardware and software are covered. A variety of software will be evaluated and used in content specific areas. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

4740. Field Studies in ___. 1-5 (max. 12). This course is offered only through extension services. It is broad and flexible and can be utilized in numerous situations to meet local needs. Credit is not applicable toward undergraduate or graduate degrees. Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of instructor.

5010. Instructional Technology. 3. An introductory survey course in instructional technology.  Covers psychological principles in communication theory, message design and instructional theory with emphasis on the application of technology toward achieving communications objectives.  Includes hands-on experience with current presentation tools and techniques for a variety of instructional deliveries. Dual listed with ITEC 4010. Prerequisite: junior standing.

5020. Technology and Distance Education. 3. A survey of the uses of telecommunication systems and other technologies in distance education. Covers instructional strategies, management concerns, and special issues associated with distance learning programs. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5070. Trends in ___. 1-3 (max. 6). The purpose of this course is to provide reading, discussion, research and the opportunity to critically appraise potential methods, software, and hardware in the field of educational communications and technology. Prerequisites: 12 hours of education, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.

5090. Masters Capstone. 4. Capstone is designed to provide a forum in which to apply theories, principles, and skills to the kinds of situations adult educators may encounter in practice. It provides a vehicle to document the successful completion of general and degree specific competencies and to examine the critique current scholarship in adult education. Students complete the requirements of the Plan B process. Cross listed with ADED 5090. Prerequisites: must have completed or concurrently completing course work for ALT master's degree.

5120. Media Workshop in ___. 1-6 (max. 6). Specialized experience in selected areas such as computer technology, multi-image, slide/tape, audio and instructional design. Emphasizes experimental use of materials and development of learning software. The workshop is provided on demand and is flexibly organized and scheduled to meet prevailing needs. Prerequisite: ITEC 4220 or consent of instructor.

5160. Introduction to Instructional Design. 3. An introduction to theory and practice of instructional design. Intensive study of the instructional design process and application of the process to solve an instructional problem. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5320. Introduction to Visual Literacy. 3. Visual literacy refers to a group of vision-competencies a human being can develop by seeing, and at the same time integrating with other sensory experiences. This course is concerned with techniques for developing these competencies and methods by which such development can be encouraged in others. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5350. Photo Instructional Materials. 3. An introduction to fundamental photographic procedures that teachers, administrators, and others can apply to solve communication problems. Includes the selection of cameras, films, and the appropriate utilization of these and other photographic equipment often found in today's schools and other social institutions. Laboratory time is expected to extend beyond scheduled class hours. A materials fee will be assessed. Prerequisites: ITEC 4120 and 4220.

5470. Instructional Video. 3. This is an introductory course for teachers, media specialists, administrators, and others interested in planning, producing, and using instructional video. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5480. Short Course in ___. 1-6 (max. 6). This course number is used to provide offerings in special topics in instructional technology on the basis of need. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5510. Instructional Telecommunications. 3. An introduction to the instructional applications of telecommunications in public schools, media centers, libraries, and post-secondary institutions. The course will cover the uses of voice, data, and video transmissions for instructional application. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

5550. Theory of Change. 3. Explores the literature and research base within the theories, models, and processes of change, the diffusion of innovations, and the human side of educational reform. Learners explore practical applications of theoretical and research findings to behavioral change, diffusion of innovations, and principles and practices of planned change. Prerequisites: graduate standing.
5560. Design/Development of Instructional Systems. 3. Advanced study in instructional systems theory and design. Study and application of instructional design models used in education and training. Prerequisites: ITEC 5160, graduate standing, and consent of instructor. Previous course work in educational psychology/learning theory is desirable.

5660. Interactive Learning Systems. 1-3 (max. 6). This course covers all of the necessary elements to design and evaluate effective and efficient interactive learning systems. Prerequisites: ITEC 5160 or equivalent, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.

5760. Instructional Design Applications. 3. Students will engage in the application of principles of instructional design in a real-world setting. Students will be involved in classroom and field experience. Prerequisite: ITEC 5160 or 5560, or consent of instructor.

5850. Issues, Practices and Research in Instruction Technology. 3. A survey course covering issues, practices and associated research in instructional technology. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

5870. Seminar. 1-3 (max. 6). Advanced students in education work together, intensively, on current issues and problems relevant to instructional technology, and participate in systematic, critical interpersonal evaluations. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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