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Program Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the program for specific course availability for each semester:

MSTU 4000 Core seminar in communication, computing, and technology

Required for incoming students. Meets with MSTU 6600. Discussion of critical issues; reading of key works; development of project in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design; presentation of work in progress; conversations with leaders in the field. Special fee: $35.


Instructor(s): Yoo Kyung Chang

MSTU 4001 Technology and school change
Explores how technology is currently used in our schools and how technology can be used more effectively as a catalyst for larger school reform efforts. Participants will examine some of the institutional forces shaping the integration of technology into our schools and some of the institutional change theories that influence these forces to address the question: What can technology contribute to school improvement and how can we facilitate those changes?
Instructor(s): Ellen Meier

MSTU 4005 Equity, ethical and social issues in educational technology
Addresses a wide range of issues concerning equity and access, including differential gender, racial, and ethnic uses of computers. Examines legal and ethical issues in students' use of technology with an emphasis on improving access and use of technology for all students. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Howard Budin

MSTU 4010 Theories of communication
A broad, multidisciplinary survey of contemporary perspectives on communication. Topics include: definitions, models and theories of information processing, history of media change, cross-cultural communication, interpersonal communication, and the uses and effects of mass media. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Robert McClintock, Frank Moretti

MSTU 4012 Video as art: An exploration

This course will take an aesthetic approach to the exploration of emerging forms of video, including anime, music videos, do-it-yourself video, video sharing websites, and more. Students will be engaged in video production throughout the course. Special fee: $45.


Instructor(s): Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 4016 The history of communication
A comprehensive survey of the history of communication, tracing the development of the dominant modes of transmitting knowledge, from speaking to writing, from printing to the electronic media. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Robert McClintock, Frank Moretti

MSTU 4020 Social and Communicative Aspects of the Internet

Examines social communicative practices as synergistic; how space, time, and social networks evolve and interact; and what this implies for the design and use of technology. Special fee: $45.


Instructor(s): Charles Kinzer

MSTU 4022 Telecommunications, distance learning, and collaborative interchange

Introduction to the use and educational implications of telecommunications, distance learning, and collaborative interchange using telecommunications, particularly the Internet and the World Wide Web. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 4023 Cinema as cross-cultural communication
Analyzes how films explore culture. Discussion of the film as well as the cultural messages portrayed. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 4024 Television and the Development Of Youth
This course brings a sociocultural lens to issues related to youth (including children and adolescents) and the evolving terrain of television. Students will review research and theories and experiment with media production in this course. No prior media production experience is necessary. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 4028 Technology and Culture

An exploration of the impact of technology, broadly defined, upon cultural evolution as currently discussed in anthropology and related disciplines. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 4029 Managing educational technology resources
For educators involved in the planning, implementation, and maintenance at the building/campus level. Students learn how to apply educational technology to achieve educational objectives and to manage interpersonal relations in the process. Special fee: $45.

MSTU 4031 Object-oriented theory and programming I

Communicating with computers and humans through programs. Uses a graphic language to formalize the concepts behind software structure and a current, widely-used implementation language, such as Java, to construct representative applications. Special fee: $45.

MSTU 4036 Hypermedia and education
Introduction to hypermedia products and programming and their role in education. Four-point registration is for hypermedia programming lab. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Shawna Bu Shell

MSTU 4037 Computers and the uses of information in education
This course examines how computers can structure and present information, evaluates current educational software that uses information, and considers the design of software for integrating information applications into education. Prerequisite: MSTU 4030 or equivalent computer experience. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Howard Budin

MSTU 4039 Video games in education

Provides students with tools they will need to understand, analyze, and build games. Focus is on gaining an understanding of rules, interactivity, play, social interaction, and all other factors that go into making an innovative and fun game. Primary focus is on the basic language of games: game play and game design. Course also addresses games from an educational perspective. Special fee: $45.


Instructor(s): Joey Lee

MSTU 4049 Technologies and literacies
An examination of the relationship between computers and the writing process. The course explores the effect of electronic text on traditional notions of text, literacy, and communication. Assumes no computing experience. Lab fee: $35.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 4050 Online schools and online schooling K-12

This course examines the different models of the K-12 virtual school and virtual schooling experience in the United States and internationally. Special fee: $35.


Instructor(s): Susan Lowes

MSTU 4052 Computers, problem solving, and cooperative learning
Considers how computers may be used to promote cooperative learning in problem solving for students throughout the curriculum, focusing on the use of simulations, databases, programming, and problem solving software. Course content will include active participation in cooperative learning using computers as well as background work in educational theory as it relates to problem solving and cooperative learning. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Howard Budin

MSTU 4083 Instructional design of educational technology
The nature of instructional technology, systems approaches to planning, managing, and evaluating instructional processes and materials. Emphasis is on instructional design. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Sandra Okita

MSTU 4133 Cognition and Computers
This course explores ideas about cognition and knowledge representation and how they relate to the use of computers in instruction. Students select a subject area, learn to represent knowledge from it so that it can be implemented in a computer instructional system, and use the knowledge representation to characterize the cognitive prerequisites and consequences of learning to use computers. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): John Black, Sandra Okita

MSTU 4134 Cognition and Computers lab
Permission required. Corequisite: MSTU 4133. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 4700 Student teaching practicum in educational technology

The Technology Specialists student practicum supports the school practicum experiences through readings and weekly classes focused on key issues: addressing diversity, classroom project design, technology integration, and professional development. The Practicum provides an opportunity to reflect on classroom experiences, to design technology-integrated projects, and to match the unique skills of each candidate with the unique demands of each placement.


Instructor(s): Ellen Meier

MSTU 4901 Research and Independent Study
Permission required. For master's students only. Students propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 4902 Research and Independent Study
Permission required. For master's students only. Students propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.

MSTU 5000 Possibility of virtual worlds

Explores possibilities of virtual worlds for gaming and education. Through readings and theoretical discussions of identity construction, positioning, and social aspects of virtual and traditional communities, participants explore how virtual environments may support teaching, learning, and how virtual communities are affecting people's lives. Special fee: $45.


Instructor(s): Charles Kinzer

MSTU 5001 Assessing the impact of technology in our schools
Examines the evidence of effectiveness of technology in our schools. Through an examination of key concerns in the technology research literature, we will address essential questions for understanding the impact of technology.
Instructor(s): Ellen Meier

MSTU 5002 Culture, media and education
In this course, we consider the cultural implications of media and technologies for education by pairing theoretical frameworks with case studies and other examples of empirical research. Media production is required.
Instructor(s): Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 5003 Theory and programming of interactive media: Part 1

Aimed at students who are interested in building instructional multimedia in Adobe Flash. Provides students with tools for understanding, analyzing, and constructing Flash-based multimedia in a hands-on manner. Examples and mini-tutorials abound. Theory and design are integrated to ensure that students emerge as authors of well-designed, educationally-sound media.


Instructor(s): Daniel Hoffman, Joey Lee

MSTU 5004 Digital geographies and virtual spaces
Explore newly-developed spaces and consider how the evolving relationship between new technologies and new modes of communication and literacy are making these spaces available.
Instructor(s): Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 5005 Case-based teaching in electronic environments
Focuses on theory related to designing, developing, and using multimedia case methodology in education. Students are encouraged to examine educational case methodology within their interest area. Special fee: $45.
Instructor(s): Charles Kinzer

MSTU 5006 Database-driven website development

Explores and provides a working knowledge of the technical and theoretical underpinnings of web application development by examining the layers of database construction, web programming, and user interface design.


Instructor(s): Paul Acquaro

MSTU 5020 Computer-mediated communication
Analyzes characteristics of such computer-mediated communication systems as networked multimedia, electronic mail, bulletin boards, and computer conferencing and situates these systems in the context of the emerging national information infrastructure. Students will participate in online communication systems. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Ellen Meier

MSTU 5025 Researching technology in educational environments
This course is designed as an overview of research designs and methodologies for students who are interested in researching the uses of technology in education, including both face-to-face and online/distance learning environments. The course looks at the theoretical bases for, and practical implementation of, different quantitative and qualitative research approaches, methodologies, and instruments. It is structured around a series of hands-on case studies in which students design research studies, revise existing instruments, and analyze previously collected data for technology-related projects in classrooms and online. Students are encouraged, but not required, to come with a research project in mind. Special fee: $40.
Instructor(s): Susan Lowes

MSTU 5030 Intelligent computer-assisted instruction
Prerequisite: MSTU 4133. Participants study ideas about the representation of knowledge, models of the learner, and teaching strategies that have been developed in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, as well as develop and test intelligent computer-assisted instruction materials for topics of interest. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Daniel Hoffman

MSTU 5031 Object-Oriented Theory of Programming II

Prerequisite: MSTU 4031 or a solid basic knowledge of programming. Applies programming to significant problems using Java or C++ to construct salient applications. Special fee: $45.

MSTU 5035 Technology and Metacognition

This course explores how theories of learning, development, and cognition can shape the design of instruction. Readings cover a range of instructional theories and highlight the underlying influences of those theories. Although the course includes a brief survey of historical trends in the field, the primary course focus is on current and emerging theories of instruction, such as distributed and dynamical views of cognition and learning. Students are encouraged to present and discuss their research interests and projects as they relate to the focus of the course. Special fee: $45.

MSTU 5191 Educational Video Production I

Practical studio and field production experience of educational video programs with special concern for realizing educational purposes through directing, scripting, staging, camera operation, lighting, and sound design. Special fee: $50.

MSTU 5202 Fieldwork

Permission required. Opportunity for qualified students, individually or in small groups, to develop and pursue projects in schools, community agencies, business organizations, and communication facilities. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted. Conference hours are arranged.


Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 5515 New media teaching and learning
Permission required. This course provides students with experience in the development of new media projects and a forum for discussing the implications for new media on education, particularly in higher education. The course involves a fieldwork component. Special fee: $35.

MSTU 5555 Technology and the emergence of a global curriculum
This course deals with the impact of technology on human society over the ages, how technology in particular is shaped by, and in turn shapes, the vision informing a specific culture and its curriculum, and how the global sharing of technology is inexorably contributing to the emergence of a common global curriculum. Uses its own website, www.tc.columbia.edu/~global. Special fee: $35.
Instructor(s): Sandra Okita

MSTU 5606 Readings in communication theory and social thought I

Each week during the academic year, participants in this course will read and discuss important work in the literature of Communication. These works all consider how the conditions and constraints of human interaction affect culture, public discourse, and the historical quality of life. The aim is to acquire a thorough grounding in how thinkers have addressed a basic problem in the study of communication over the past century and a half. Completion of written work for the colloquium is part of the certification requirement for doctoral candidates in the Communication and Education program, and it can serve as the culminating project required for completion of the Master of Education degree in that program.


Instructor(s): Robert McClintock, Frank Moretti

MSTU 5814 Work conference

Occasional brief conferences convened by Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design on subjects of special interest. Special fee: $35

MSTU 6000 Advanced designing educational games

This course serves as an intensive workshop for designing and producing educational games as well as a scholarly opportunity for students interested in the advanced study of games.


Instructor(s): Joey Lee

MSTU 6201 Advanced Fieldwork
Permission required. Extended opportunities for students who have completed MSTU 5200.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 6401 Internship
Permission required. Prerequisite: basic courses in the student's specialization, evidence of competence in the internship area, and prior arrangement with cooperating institution. Internship in schools, colleges, Teachers College facilities such as the Microcomputer Resource Center, community agencies, business organizations, and communication facilities. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 6532 Seminar in cognitive science
Permission required. In-depth discussion and critique of research proposed and conducted by others and by students in the class. Topics vary from term to term. Course is for advanced students who are designing and conducting their own research projects; they may take the course as many times as they like. Special fee: $45.

MSTU 6600 Colloquium in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education

Continuous participation required of certified doctoral students. Discussion of critical issues, reading of key works, formal proposal of dissertation topics, presentation of work in progress, and conversations with leaders in the field. Special fee: $35.


Instructor(s): Charles Kinzer, Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTU 6901 Research and independent study in communication, computing, and technology in education
Permission required. For doctoral students only. The participating student will propose a program of independent research or project development to a faculty member. Students in their first term of study are generally not accepted.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 7501 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Presentation of dissertation proposal for approval by a sponsoring committee. Student arranges one two-hour meeting with his or her sponsoring committee.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen

MSTU 8900 Dissertation advisement
Advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See section in this bulletin on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.
Instructor(s): JoAnne Kleifgen