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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC621 Course ID: 4355 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the similarities and differences of the learning needs and abilities of adult and younger learners. The course emphasizes differentiated instruction and course development as applicable to adult and K-12 learners in traditional, virtual, and hybrid contexts. Topics include a historical perspective; diversity; andragogy versus pedagogy in the online classroom; trends and issues with technology education and online education; LMS elements; and basics of grant writing/technology grant writing. (Candidates in the M. Ed. Teaching-Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program must take the 16-week course version per the West Virginia Board of Education-no exceptions.)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will:

  • Understand the history and development of online and distance learning.
  • Analyze trends and issues in online learning to remain consistently current within the field.
  • Evaluate learning management systems.
  • Analyze adult learning theory (andragogy) versus pedagogy.
  • Apply instructional approaches that accommodate both young and adult learners.

Required textbooks for this course:

ISTE. (n.d.) ISTE Standards. Retrieved from

Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2003). The virtual student: A profile and guide to working with online learners.

San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2014). Teaching and learning at a distance:

Foundations of Distance Education. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Book Title:Virtual Student : A Profile and Guide to Working with Online Learners - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Palloff, Rena M. / Pratt, Keith
Unit Cost:$36.60
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education, 6th ed. (Ebook available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Information Age Publishing
Author:Simonson, Michael
Unit Cost:$83.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.