The department  of Instructional and Learning Technologies runs the following degree plans:


The department offers a range of courses in the field of educational technology. Below is a description of each course:


TECH1100: Educational Technology: Theory and field

This is a core course in the Instructional Technology (IT) program. It provides an introduction to the field and profession of Instructional Technology (IT). This course introduces basic concepts in instructional technology, theoretical and philosophical foundations, and components of educational technology domains, roles and functions of each component.In addition, the course presents the factor that contributed to its application.

TECH1201: Utilization and Maintenance of Instructional Devices

The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary skills for the utilization and maintenance of instructional devices. It presents the primary systems of the projected, non-projected, and computerized devices with their various accompanying materials. It also, discusses the principles of operation and safety consideration. The course also shows how to overcome some simple malfunctions.

TECH2000: E-Learning Courseware Development

This course examines the design, development, and evaluation of self-based E-learning lessons and software; and the design of E-learning courses using readymade learning management systems such as Blackboard, and WeCT.

TECH2007: Introduction to Educational Technology

This course covers the concepts of instructional media, educational technology and their role in teaching and learning processes. In addition, it demonstrates the historical developments of this field; it also covers the models of communication, their elements, forms and relations to education. The course explains media classification, selection, with reference to systematic approach and instructional design. It covers their design principles, preparation, production, development, use, and evaluation. Some instructional equipment operations are applied. The course also introduces new technologies used in instruction (instructional TV, programmed learning, computer, interactive video, language lab, personal tutoring system).

TECH2108: Educational Technology for Children

This introductory course introduces early childhood education students to the integration of computer and technology in pre-school learning.It presents historical development of technology and computer utilization atdifferent contexts. It also, discusses the roles of computer in developing children’s concepts and skills. ’

TECH2111: Instructional Computer

This course introduces students to the different uses of computers in teaching and the use types.It presents historical development of computer utilization in education atdifferent contexts. It also, discusses the roles of computers as tools for critical and innovative thinking. Computer based collaborative instruction will be emphasized. Computerized learning environments will be studied in details.

TECH2112: Learning Resources & Technology Centers (1)

The course covers the LRTC mission, objectives, facilities, equipment, and the use of assistive technology and augmentative equipment/software with students and trainees with special needs in these centers. In addition, it addresses the organizational structure of the LRTC and its instructional role of these centers, and their relationships with other elements in the educational systems.

TECH2113: Traditional and Digital Photography in Education

This course covers the use of photographic equipment and software in both traditional and digital formats with specific emphasis on its educational applications. It explain methods of photographic production, copying, printing, and processing.

TECH2114: Textbook and e-book Design

This course gives an overview of the most important elements of design principles in traditional and electronic textbooks. It also covers the software used to design the two types of textbooks e.g. Acrobat Reader/Distiller packages. It expands on the various topics and further applications and processes used and implemented in this field. Those include phases and procedures in the development, editing, print, publish, reuse, and evaluate textbooks and e-books in relation to updated technologies and curricular trends. The course also covers areas of general e-publishing, cost estimation, and copyright/security issues involved in the traditional/digital publishing in educational field.

TECH2144: Instructional Communication Skills

The student in this course acquires general communication skills with specific reference to instructional communication skills. In addition, the course present methods of applying communication theory and models in the classroom; it also presents the nature of communication process, human communication, the language and its usage, non-verbal language, information reception, selection, storage, and interpretation. It covers communication technologies and their use in the field of information cycle, verbal and non-verbal resources and individual role in communication process and cycle. It also covers interpersonal, group, and organizational relations and their development.

TECH2202: Introduction to Instructional Design

The aim of this course is to present instructional program design process. Topics include: the concept of instructional design, its background, its importance, its relation with learning theories and system approach. Beside this the course compares different instructional design models with analysis to its basic elements e.g. needs assessment, learner analysis, concept analysis, task analysis, instructional strategies selection and formative and summative evaluation of instructional materials.

TECH2212: Designing and Producing Multimedia

This course presents basics and characteristics of software. It emphasizes the designing principles, production, selection, utilization and evaluation. It discusses multimedia projects based learning: Authorware, Hyper card, Tool box and other authoring programs will be studied. Also, this course compares and analyses some multimedia instructional programs systems. Some interactive programs will be designed and produced by students in their projects.

TECH2221: Instructional Mass Media

This course addresses the role of school audio and video broadcasting in improving the instructional process. Topics include: The basic elements of a school broadcasting system; how to technically set up an audio and video broadcasting systems; designing, producing, and evaluating instructional radio and video programs.

TECH2223: Individualized Instruction

This course covers the definition of individualized instruction, its significance, and its types with concentrations on Programmed learning, Personalized systems of instruction, Instructional games and simulations, Programmed tutoring, Audio tutorials systems, Collaborative Learning, self-study programs and their application in learning process.

TECH3000: Dissemination of Educational innovations

This course aims at increasing the students’ awareness of dissemination models and strategies. It emphasizes the four major areas of the adoption process: awareness, interest, observation, and adoption of educational innovation. It also gives the students the skills needed for planned educational change, and production of a diffusion plan for any educational innovation.

TECH3001: Instructional Video

This course covers the design and production of instructional video, shooting and production using the video camera. Additionally, it illustrates the different ways of using the sound and light in producing these videos. It discuss the different ways of writing script and narration, the direction process, the digital production skills, and the supervision of group project in producing instructional video programs

TECH3005: Technology for Learning

This course covers the concepts of instructional media, educational technology, and their role in teaching and learning processes. It also covers models of communication, their elements, forms, and relations to education. It covers design principles and the preparation, production, development, use, and evaluation of media which include virtual assisted environments, mobile technologies and other Web 3.0 technologies.

TECH3006: Technology for Learning

This course covers the concepts of instructional media, educational technology, and their role in teaching and learning processes. It also covers models of communication, their elements, forms, and relations to education. It covers design principles and the preparation, production, development, use, and evaluation of media which include virtual assisted environments, mobile technologies and other Web 3.0 technologies.

TECH3133: School Computer networks

This course aims at training the students in designing, implementing, managing, and maintaining Local Area Networks (LAN). The course also covers evaluation and selection of the hardware and software needed for operating, and connecting, and securing computer systems in Local Area Networks.

TECH3213: Learning Resources & Technology Centers (2)

This course aims to prepare the student for managing, maintaining, and improving the quality and services of the learning resources and technology centers. This course explains in details different types of managing LRTC e.g. management by objectives, collaborative management and so on.Also, the course discusses different ways of encouraging teachers to adopt new technologies for teaching and students’ learning.

TECH3220: E-Learning Strategies (1)

This course addresses the pedagogical, institutional, cultural, and technological aspects of E-learning. It critically explores current theories, conceptual models, practices, trends and issues in the digital delivery of learning in relations to these aspects.

TECH3222: Instructional Computer Programming (1)

This course covers the basic skills of programming in computer languages such as HTML, Visual Basic, and Action Script for Flash animation, with special emphasis on instructional purposes. It leads the student to be able to produce instructional software specifically serving areas of specialty.

TECH3224: Instructional Computer Programming (2)

This course covers the advanced skills of programming in computer languages such as XHTML, and PHP, and JAVA, with special emphasis on instructional purposes. The course also covers instructional applications which have some basic programming such as Authorware, Delphi, and HyperStudio.

TECH3303: Instructional Systems Design

The aim of this course is to present instructional systems design. Topics include: the concept of instructional systems, its background, its importance, its relation with learning theories. Beside this the course compares different instructional systems models with analysis to its basic elements.

TECH3333: Internship

The student will be asked to have a summer internship in a governmental or non-governmental institution in the field of human resources centers in order to master the job skills. He/She will be evaluated by superiors at workplaces.

TECH3422: E-Learning Strategies (2)

This course addresses the interface design, management, evaluation, and ethical aspects of E-learning. It also covers features of synchronous and asynchronous formats of E-learning delivery. It also explores the future of E-learning and possibilities of developing and utilizing it locally.

TECH4000: Educational Technology in Oman

This course illustrates the development of using educational technology in Oman and presents the obstacles facing technologies and the ways to overcome these obstacles. It also discuss the different ways of diffusing and adopting the use of the new technologies in learning and teaching.

TECH4101: Distance Learning and Use of Internet

This course introduces students to the basics of distant education, its importance, goals, and requirements. It presents the process of designing open education materials and its utilization. Also, the course introduces students to teleconferencing technologies and systems and its basics infrastructure. It also covers the basics and historical developmental use in education of web-based design; its concepts, objectives, principles, infrastructure, environments, areas of applications, and its relationship to distance learning, and classroom instruction. In addition, the course addresses other issues such as the principles of web page design; different approaches to form, manage and evaluate web-based learning materials and groups

TECH4102: Evaluation in Educational Technology

The course covers various models, and methods of evaluation in the area of instructional technology such as needs assessment, front-end analysis, process evaluation, project evaluation, and learning resources centers’ service evaluation. In addition, the course will expose the students to different methods for formative and summative evaluation.

TECH4211: Quality assurance and control in instruction

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the concept of Quality assurance and control in instructional and training programs. Topics in this course include, ways of quality monitoring, standards of quality, evaluation standards of quality programs, students’ needs standards and the characteristics of the quality of basics of instructional processes and training.

TECH4212: Instructional Environment Engineering

This covers the history and concepts related to engineering different types of learning environments, with specific emphasis on open learning environments. It underlines assumptions, foundations, and theoretical basis, and design principles of a various resource-based teaching and learning environments such as flexible learning, situated learning, anchored instruction, etc.

TECH4241: Research and Studies in Instructional Technology

The primary goal of this course is to empower the student with skills necessary to carry out scientific research methods in posing research problems, stating hypotheses in a testable form, and verifying these hypotheses by means of experimentation and observation.

TECH4999: Graduation Project

This course aims to integrate the students skills gained throughout the program, where each student is supervised independently; and is required to plan and produce a complete technology enhanced instructional package.

TECH5001: Instructional and Information Technology

This course covers the concepts of educational technology and their role in the teaching and learning processes. The course anchors concepts in the historical developments of this filed to modern day in terms of visuals, communication and connections and their relations to education. The course explains media classification, selection, with reference to systematic approach and instructional design. I covers their design principals, preparation, production, development, technology use in ethical and secure ways, and evaluation. The course also introduces new technologies in the web used in instruction. Hands-on practical applications and field experience are also integral parts of this course

TECH6101: Educational Communication Technologies

This course aims at introducing the concept of instructional technology in both theory and application. It also explains system approach and instructional design with their educational applications. The course focuses on computer use in instructional process in terms of selecting and using instructional software for various specializations. It shows different learning environment enhanced by computers and/or World Wide Web. The course also considers the use of some presentation software such as:PPT, Authorware, etc.

TECH6111: Developing, Promoting and Managing e- Learning Systems

This course aims to introduce students to e-learning systems and provide opportunities to develop and manage these systems. This course will explore the online environment more prominently using the blended approach to learning and teaching. Topics covered in the course include the development and management of the content, compliance with the international standards, management of delivery systems, and management of Web-based e-learning systems. Students will explore new strategies to promote and sustain dynamic, digital-age learning cultures that provide rigorous and relevant education for Omani students.

TECH6103: Advanced Models in Instructional Design and their Applications

This course aims to provide an understanding of the features, structures, similarities, and differences of a representative selection of advanced instructional design models. In this regard, it covers their relevance, appropriateness, and application to the improvement of teaching and learning, as well as the design of various kinds of educational materials. In particular, the course focuses on how to apply new instructional design models to the design, development, and evaluation of different learning environments, technologies, software, courses, lessons, and other types of units of instruction such as learning objects. Particular thematic focus is given to providing an understanding of the underlying theoretical frameworks.

TECH6106: Developing, Managing, and Leading Learning Resources and Technology Centers

This course aims to introduce the role of educational, information and communication technology in the instructional process. Students learn how to organize and/or manage learning resource and technology centers in educational institutions. Topics covered include planning and organize computer operations, multimedia laboratories, and mobile and/or portable technologies for educational and administrative purposes. Students will learn how to implement and lead centers and schools with policies related to recruitment and human resource development, digital safety and security, and administrative restructuring.

TECH6104: Current Issues in Instructional and Learning Technologies

This course aims to provide students with opportunities to explore contemporary educational issues related to educational, information and communication technology. Online learning environments will be further explored and experienced in the blended learning environment of teaching and learning to allow for design and development. The informational architecture of schools will be a special focus with its emphasis on new approaches to teaching and learning. Students will investigate the impact of technology diffusion and the formation of a knowledge society as well as obstacles to the use of technology in educational fields in Sultanate of Oman.

TECH6102: Special Topics: Evaluating & Assuring Quality for Alternative Learning Environments

This course aims to provide a working understanding of the models of evaluation and quality assurance in alternative learning environments such as e-learning, distance learning, and hybrid alternatives. It specifically aims at how to analyze results with the goal of improving the performance of students, as well as the effectiveness of e-learning programs emanating from vendors and providers. The course also aims to introduce students to current research studies on the evaluation and quality assurance of e-learning systems and alternative learning environments. The emphasis is on providing and disseminating research-based rationales for e-learning systems to be considered as equivalents and alternatives to traditional learning systems.

TECH6107: Special Topics: Evaluating Learning Resource Centers

This course aims to review evaluation strategies and policies of information and communication technology in personnel management, admission and registration processes, the selection of computers and e-systems, and the evaluation of education and institutional performance. In addition, it covers the evaluation and management of educational software and learning resources, and e-project management. Other topics include the methods of quality control, assurance, and improvement in the field of educational and information technology.

TECH6108: Special Topics: Instructional & Training Needs Analysis and Planning

This course aims to help students and decision-makers understand the rationale and importance of instructional and training needs analysis, and its fit within a work-based context. This course uses a research-based project methodology to help students identify, analyze, and concretely define teaching and training needs at the organizational, group, and individual level and create plans for implementation. A variety of models to plan for technology use and integration will be explored as well as new, innovative models in other fields be investigated. Mapping, charting, and tabling will be stressed using visual supports to process and present various working models.

TECH6109: Special Topics: New Trends in E-Learning Environments

This course aims to introduce students to important and contemporary issues and problems in the field of alternative learning environments such as blended learning and e-learning. In this regard, it informs students of the most important directions of research in e-learning. These include recent trends in the design of effective e-learning systems, student and community attitudes towards e-learning, student needs, management of e-learning, and student support in e-learning. In addition, the course will also cover research relating to the effectiveness of e-learning systems in terms of costs and learning outcomes. Finally, issues relating to institutional, individual, technical, and professional readiness for e-learning will be reviewed.

TECH7502: Master Thesis

Each student is asked to prepare a project-based thesis in order to satisfy the graduation requirements for the master degree of education in instructional technology. The thesis should be written according to the academic regulation for post graduate studies (PAR). It will be supervised and judged by an appropriate faculty committee. 

 

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