The Masters of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction targets excellence in the development, implementation, delivery, and assessment of online courses. The accredited program is designed for those interested in the integration and usage of e-learning and smart technologies in their teaching and training practices.

The Masters of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction degree in education program provides the opportunity for the learner to extend preparation in professional education through coursework and to pursue further work in subject matter areas where he/she feels a need for greater teaching proficiency.

This program opens an educational space where learners with a first degree in education, human or social sciences will build the capacity needed to technology-enhance their pedagogical practices when they are engaged in education or training careers (adult pedagogy, training, communication, instructional design).

This accredited program will help future e-instructional engineers to develop, implement, deliver and assess distance education and online programs. For an overview of core units and electives you can study in this course, please see study plan.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation

General Admission Requirements: The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution with a minimum AGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 Scale or its equivalent. For full admission requirements and transfer from other institutions, please see Postgraduate Admission Requirements.

Tuition Fees: AED 2000 per Credit Hour (36 Credit Hours)
For tuition fees and other academic program related fees, please see Tuition & Fees.

Target audience
This program is designed to attract a diverse audience interested in the creation, design, engineering and delivery of educational material using online technologies and digital media. Learners with a background in education, human or social sciences (psychology, sociology, philosophy) as well as academics, HR specialists, and corporate trainers will take a full benefit of this program.
Program Goals
Prepare learners and future e-instructional engineers to develop, implement, deliver and assess distance education/ online programmes. Perfect their ability to use all features of an online learning environment to improve the practices of their learner(s) and to innovate in their own practice.
Expose learners and future pedagogical engineers to major concepts and theories related to learning, teaching and training using educational technologies, as well as the pedagogical applications of these concepts to the effective delivery of online learning.
Develop an awareness of the emerging context of online global higher education. Prepare future graduates with a critical understanding of the frameworks of participative knowledge production, quality assurance and qualifications recognition needed in order to formulate effective online learning strategies in the future.
Develop the abilities of learners to use authentic assessment methods and strategies to evaluate, apply and adapt instructional plans, while promoting alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment findings.
Provide learners with advanced principles of instructional design enabling them to effectively use web/multimedia e-learning authoring tools.
Prepare learners to develop, enhance/add-value to methodologies for planning, managing, developing and assessing online educational scenarios and activities.
Provide learners, users and authors of material with sound knowledge of intellectual property and copyright (IPR) issues that impact digital online education.
Program Outcomes
Demonstrate knowledge of major learning theories and their applications to the analysis, implementation and assessment of online education programs and systems.
Demonstrate abilities to analyze the needs of learners and their implications in educational and training issues.
Demonstrate abilities to select plan and implement the most suitable and innovative pedagogical strategies, bearing in mind the context of learning, the learner(s) profiles and the pieces of knowledge to be learnt, contextualized or created from scratch.
Demonstrate abilities to identify and define goals and objectives for a specific area of study and apply the principles of instructional design to the design of relevant learning materials adapted to this area of study.
Demonstrate abilities to match learning context and appropriate technology. Demonstrate abilities to critically analyze the potentialities of learning technologies and to apply these abilities to the enhancement of design and delivery of contents, ensuring reflexive and collaborative learning.
Demonstrate abilities to critically evaluate the impact of these different assessment techniques on the learning process, to apply competency-based assessment techniques and to effectively measure learning outcomes.
Demonstrate abilities to establish formative and summative evaluation plans, to design valid and reliable student learning assessment instruments and to administer both formative and summative assessment activities in a course.
Demonstrate theoretical and hands-on knowledge of the role of the e-tutor, e-moderator and e-mentor.
Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities needed to conduct an online tutoring session providing effective online support to learners, either individuals or in groups.
Demonstrate capacity to apply IPR concepts, policies and approaches in line with international standards and evolving policies to the deployment of educational contents.
Demonstrate abilities to critically analyze and apply ethical principles suitable to online course development, such as varying interpretations of ‘open educational resources’, ‘non- commercial’, and the use of ‘no derivative’ materials as open educational resources.
Demonstrate capacity to synthesize and apply qualitative and quantitative research methodologies for online education, such as theory-driven designs, theory-building research or design-based research.
Demonstrate capacity to discriminate between different research approaches and link research problem, theory and design.
Be able: to identify research topics, formulate goals and precise research questions and their answers; to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative data analysis; to create drafts for research plans, including work packages and a timeline to conduct a literature review, to present bibliographies and to make citations.
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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Master graduates include

  • e-Content Developers
  • Training Specialist
  • Online Teaching Support Associate
  • Curriculum Manager
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Director, Teaching and Learning
  • Online Instructors
  • Learning Specialist