Frequently Asked Questions for the Online Only Educational Technology M.Ed. Program

  1. Do I qualify for admission into the online Education Technology M.Ed. degree program?
  2. How do I know whether the online program is the right one for me?
  3. Is there a sequence of courses that I need to follow to complete the program?
  4. What happens after I've been accepted into the program?
  5. Will I be assigned an academic advisor?
  6. How is advising done in the online program?
  7. Which courses should I enroll in using Banner?
  8. I tried to enroll in an online course in Banner but it says a permit is required? What do I need to do to get a permit to enroll?
  9. Which elective courses qualify in this program?
  10. How does the online program compare with the hybrid/blended program?
  11. I have been accepted into the online M.Ed. program in educational technology. What should I do now?
  12. Are there Capstone options?

 

1. Q: Do I qualify for admission into the online Education Technology M.Ed. degree program?

A: If you are not already enrolled in the GVSU COE on-campus hybrid/blended graduate educational technology degree program, and you live outside the tri-county (Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon) area, you qualify for the online program. If you were accepted in the on-campus hybrid program, but have moved out of the tri-county area, you can request a special exemption and enroll in our online courses. You must change your permanent residence in Banner to qualify for the online courses and then contact the program coordinator (e-mail: edtech@gvsu.edu) requesting this exception.

 

2. Q: How do I know whether the online program is the right one for me?

A: Each student must decide for themselves whether a completely online graduate degree program is their best option.

Some questions to consider are:

  • Am I confident and competent with technology?
  • Have I been successful when taking online courses in the past?
  • Am I a self-directed learner?
  • Do I need face-to-face contact to feel connected to other students and the instructor?

 

3. Q: Is there a sequence of courses that I need to follow to complete the program?

A: There is no required sequence of courses that students need to follow.

EDT 621 requires a prerequisite of 15 credits BEFORE students can enroll. This course has been designated in our program where students who wish to enroll in a thesis (ED 693) for their capstone must declare their intent as required by university policies. For more information, see the M.Ed. Capstone options section below. Other courses do not have prerequisites.

 

4. Q: What happens after I've been accepted into the program?

A: Students normally receive a letter from the College of Education indicating that they have been accepted into the graduate program. Once you receive a letter, with your student (G) number, user name and PIN, you can enroll in courses using Banner, on the GVSU website.

After acceptance, students will hear from an academic advisor (by e-mail) following up on their admission and reviewing information provided. Prior to setting up an advising session, students should complete and submit the online self-assessment:.

 

5. Q: Will I be assigned an academic advisor?

A: Yes, an academic advisor will contact you via e-mail to welcome you to the program, answer any questions you might have and setup an initial advising session. Advising sessions are available via telephone or online in Collaborate.

 

6. Q: How is advising done in the online program?

A: Students are always welcome to visit Grand Rapids, MI, but are not required to do so. Alternative means of scheduled advising sessions include telephone or synchronous ( Collaborate) sessions. Advisors will setup a day and time for advising sessions which will occur at least once-a-year. During these sessions, students can ask questions, get information, clarifications, and find out which courses are available in the future. Students can also contact their academic advisor by e-mail when they have questions about the program, courses, etc.

 

7. Q: Which courses should I enroll in using Banner?

A: Banner includes all courses offered by GVSU and only those courses identified as Online in the Location column do not require on-campus class sessions. Hybrid courses have some required on-campus time and are generally for students in our on-campus programs.

Online program students need to ensure that the courses that you register for are designated as ONLINE course offerings in Banner.

 

8. Q: I tried to enroll in an online course in Banner but it says a permit is required? What do I need to do to get a permit to enroll?

A: Assuming that you have been accepted into the online M.Ed. degree in educational technology, your advisor can notify the enrollment specialist in the Student Information Services Center (SISC) and request a permit for a specific course. When you setup an initial advising session with your advisor, you should indicate which courses you are interested in enrolling in for the academic year so a permit can be requested for that course.

Only students in the online degree program will be guaranteed seats in the online educational technology courses. If you have a question about an available course, you can e-mail the SISC at: coeserve@gvus.edu  Be sure to indicate in your e-mail that you are a student in the Online Ed Tech program.

 

9. Q: Which elective courses qualify in this program?

A: The criteria we use to transfer in credit from outside GVSU are that the course must be (a) graduate-level, (b) from an accredited institution of higher learning, and (c) fit into your program. Elective credits can come from graduate courses at GVSU, graduate courses from other colleges of universities that are accredited by NCATE, or graduate-level credits offered by school districts, ISD's, or other academic agencies.

 

10. Q: How does the online program compare with the hybrid/blended program?

A: The content, activities, and assignments are identical in the online program to the hybrid/blended on-campus program. The course readings, assignments, projects, and activities are the same, but they occur in BlackBoard in the online program and no required visits to campus are necessary. Students who reside outside of Michigan pay in-state tuition for online courses.

 

11. Q: I have been accepted into the online M.Ed. program in educational technology. What should I do now?

A: If you havent already done so, please request and return a planned program for the M.Ed. degree in educational technology. A planned program can be setup for the Masters degree as well as the professional certification option and is required after you have completed 6 graduate credits.

For online program students, please set up an online advising session to review the program and your status. You should also download, fill out, sign and return the planned program for the M.Ed. degree in educational technology. This Adobe Acrobat format file (PDF) can be opened in Acrobat Reader and you can enter your personal information into the planned program. Open the file and click on the Name, Student G Number, Address, etc. fields and type in your information. To officially sign the document, you will also need a digital ID. If you already have one, you can attach it when you click on the Student Signature field. If you do not have one, you can create one by following the instructions and prompts. Once signed, you should send the updated planned program to edtech@gvsu.edu.

 

12. Q: Are there Capstone options?

A: The GVSU College of Education offers students two (2) options for completing their M.Ed. capstone experience: a development project (ED 693) or a research/thesis (ED 695).

  • ED 693 Project - A project involves curriculum or program development, and applies theory to practice. For a project, students create and describe evaluation of a product that is used in a professional capacity.
  • ED 695 Thesis - A thesis is a traditional research capstone where a candidate for an advanced degree gathers data, analyses that data, and presents the results along with their interpretations. During a thesis, students analyze data to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of interest.

Students may choose either option and there are different requirements depending on your choice. Information on the COE Website provides help when choosing a thesis or project, as does course work completed in EDT 621  Topics in Educational Technology. Students who choose to complete a project ( ED 693) must submit an application (available online) the term before they plan to complete their project and there are deadlines for applications for each term.

Students who choose to complete a thesis ( ED 695) must declare their choice between 30-60% of completion of their course work (after completing 12-18 credits, during EDT 621), must identify a thesis advisor, form a thesis committee, and register for ED 695. Those students who select a thesis but are unable to finish it in one term may enrol in ED 696 in subsequent terms. Other university requirements for completion of a thesis (ED 695) can be found online here. Students who are considering a thesis (ED 695) are encouraged to talk with their advisor after completion of 18-credits so they can designate their plans as required by GVSU.

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