The program for the area of study in Interactive Technology is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge, skills, and experiences required to perform in a variety of positions. The degree's emphasis is designed for individuals who seek advanced study that will enhance their already existing skills. The online degree program focuses on methods of designing, selecting, and coordinating electronic messages, products, services, computer systems, digital environments and software for consumer use at home and in organizations. Courses draw upon analytic methods from design organizations and the needs of modern professional organizations. The goals are to understand how consumers comprehend, develop, and evaluate the digital community. Computer-mediated communications and collaboration are corner stones in the program.
Students learn to evaluate and design scenarios that analyze specific organizational situations, propose alternatives, and recommend the appropriate courses of action and tools. While many organizations have technical personnel to maintain and manage computer systems, there are not sufficient numbers of qualified personnel who understand both the technology and the applications necessary for a specific community. The focus in this degree is on the selection and implementation of technological strategies to both enhanced the processes and outcomes of the organization.
Students will work independently and in groups, as dictated by the course content and circumstances. In all cases, technology-mediated communication tools will be used, with an emphasis on asynchronous activities. Students are expected to spend sufficient time on the course websites, wikis and resources to develop the skills and expertise associated with the program. The program expects learners to assume responsibility for their own learning guided by collaboration with professors and classmates. A great emphasis is placed on the development of a strong learning community, extending beyond the completion of the degree.
Most students take 6 hours per semester, completing the program in 5 semester. The number of course hours per semester is determined by the student.