Education Technologies and Emerging Media FAQ
1. Why choose Canisius' online education technologies and emerging media program?
- With more than 75 years of experience in granting master's degrees in education, Canisius is one of the most well respected schools in the region.
- Canisius' School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- Unlike other programs that require some on-campus attendance, 100% of the coursework can be completed on the web.
- Practicum requirements for those seeking New York State (NYS) certification can be completed locally at an approved site.
2. Will every course be available in every semester? No. In order to establish a community of practice (CoP) and offer the best support for a fully online graduate-level program, students should plan to start with a cohort group in the Fall or Spring semesters.
3. How long will it take to complete the program? For full-time students taking two courses every 8 weeks, the program will start in the Fall or Spring and can be completed in as little as 15 months. See page 2 of the Degree Requirement Summary for course sequence information.
4. Is this program new? Yes, this is a newly approved New York State (NYS) program. The fact that it is new should not be of concern. The program has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the New York State Department of Education, and Canisius College is fully accredited to offer master's degrees in this discipline.
5. Who are the faculty in this new program? We are so proud to bring you faculty who are at the cutting edge of education technologies, are professional educators, and who are currently in the classroom. Please visit our Meet the Faculty page for more information.
7. What undergraduate background is expected in the applicant? If seeking New York State certification, any certification is acceptable. The certification as an Education Technology Specialist in NYS is a K-12 certification. For all applicants, it's important to note that the program is designed to be relevant to your work-no matter what it may be. Papers and projects require you to apply new content to your current or desired work.
8. What kind of student succeeds in a fully online program? This program is most likely unlike any you've ever experienced before. Eight week terms allow you to complete the program at an accelerated pace but also require commitment during the scheduled course dates. Therefore, it's imperative that you only apply if you are highly self-motivated, an excellent time-manager, have constant and steady access to a good computer and the Internet, and can trouble shoot basic technology issues within your home. Regular participation is mandatory and clearly defined and there are no exceptions made other than for documented natural disasters. In short, while your professors are caring individuals committed to giving the same high-quality service to you as to any face-to-face student, the nature of learning online demands that you can attend and give 100% to the program. Also notable is that the grading in this program is such that students who do a solid, graduate-level job, will earn in the B range. Exemplary grades are witheld for truly exemplary work. Our rubrics for both online participation and written work clearly define this.
9. How do I know if I am ready to learn online?
Online learning is not for everyone. Taking an online program in an accelerated, eight-week format is intense, and will require a special skill set, work ethic, and strong written communication skills. If you would like to know more about readiness, visit our Readiness for Online Learning Page.
10. Will I need to come to Buffalo, NY to complete the program? The program can be completed entirely online. Practicum requirements may be completed in your local area. Students are not required to come on campus.
11. How will I take the online classes? You will be able to take these classes using a computer that is linked to the web. As with most online experiences, a faster connection will enhance this interactive experience. Canisius College uses an instructional program called "ANGEL" for its online courses. The ANGEL Learning System is widely used and has established itself as a user-friendly interface between faculty and students. Participants in the program will use ANGEL and email to complete course assignments and to communicate with classmates and faculty. To learn more about what it is like to take an online course, click here.
12. Will I learn as much in an online class as in a regular class? There has been many research studies on how online learning compares to traditional learning. Recently, some studies have even concluded that, in some ways, distance education (online and blended) is “better” (U.S. Department of Education, 2009). What may help you in making your decision is to look at how the difference impacts students. In an online course, you are only “present” if you post something of value to the class. Although most of the learning will be asynchronous (not in real time), you will need to be present often. You will need to have strong writing and reading skills. You will need to be highly self-motivated, a problem solver, and willing to learn from your peers as well as your professor and the new content. In short, you cannot “sit” in the back of the online classroom and be counted present. Your contribution to the class, most often in written form, will need to be substantial, well-composed, and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking.
13. Once registered for my courses, how do I get started? You will use the Canisius ANGEL Learning System, located on the Canisius College Web site, to get instructions for each of your courses of study. Once registered, simply use your username and password to log in to the ANGEL site. Once logged in, you will see a listing of your registered courses. You can get course information, including textbooks needed for the course. You should also use your username/password to check your Canisius email account for an email from your professor with course information, including the first assignment and textbook purchase information. If any additional resources are needed, e.g. DVD's, the college will mail them to you once you are registered.
14. How do I purchase books for my courses? Books may be purchased online from the Canisius Bookstore. When selecting textbooks, make sure to select "PEG" for the "Select Your Department" drop down box and your enrolled section ("ONL" or "WEB") for the "Select Your Section" drop down box.
15. How do I apply? You can complete a Graduate Application for the School of Education and Human Services online for free. We recommend that you submit all application materials at least 30 days before your desired start date.