Students have a maximum of three years from their first registration as a program student to complete the Graduate Diploma in Distance Education Technology (GDDET) program.
The program is offered during three semesters each year. The fall semester begins the first Tuesday in September. The winter semester begins the second Monday in January. The spring/summer session begins the last Monday in April. Each semester is 13 weeks in length. All course work should be completed during the semester periods. Extensions to these timelines may be granted, if circumstances warrant, through the granting of a course extension (refer to Course Regulations and Procedures).
To maintain program status, students must complete six credits of course work during each academic year (September 1 to August 31).
In core courses, the lowest acceptable grade is B-. Students who receive a grade lower than B-, or receive more than one grade of B- or lower, may be required to withdraw from the program.
In elective courses, the lowest acceptable grade is C+. Students who receive a grade lower than C+, or receive more than one grade of C+ or lower, may be required to withdraw from the program.
To meet the residency requirements, students must complete a minimum of three courses (nine credits), including the two core courses, through Athabasca University.
Students are required to complete eighteen credits (six courses) in the GDDET. Students should complete the core courses in the prescribed sequence. Elective courses may be taken on completion of the core courses or concurrently with the core courses offered in any term.
|MDDE 601||Introduction to Distance Education and Training||(3)|
|MDDE 603||Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory||(3)|
|MDDE 610||Survey of Current Educational Technology Applications||(3)|
|MDDE 604||Instructional Design in Distance Education||(3)|
|MDDE 619||Trends and Issues in Instructional Design||(3)|
|MDDE 620||Technology in Education and Training||(3)|
|MDDE 621||Online Teaching in Distance Education and Training||(3)|
|MDDE 622||Openness in Education||(3)|
|MDDE 623||Introduction to Mobile Learning||(3)|
|MDDE 630||Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning||(3)|
|MDDE 650||Tutoring and Student Support in Distance Education and Training||(3)|
|MDDE 665||Collaboration and Mentoring in Educational Environments||(3)|
Permission of the program director is required before other courses may be taken for GDDET program credit.
Note: Generally, core courses should be taken first in the program (particularly if the student has limited distance education background).
Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Distance Education Technology (GDDET) may apply for admission to the Master of Education in Open, Digital and Distance Education (MEd) program.
If admitted, credits completed by the student towards the GDDET will be accepted for credit towards the MEd degree in accordance with the MEd program regulations.
Students may withdraw from the program by submitting their request in writing to the Program Director. Students who withdraw may be re-enrolled in the program by following the application procedures. Students requesting re-admission to the program will be competing against all other applicants and will not receive special consideration.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.
Updated January 20 2021 by laurab