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UGA still accepting applications for technology graduate program

LAWRENCEVILLE - The University of Georgia is launching a new graduate program in instructional technology at its Gwinnett campus, said professor Lloyd Rieber, coordinator of the Learning, Design and Technology program.

The instructional design and development concentration is designed for K-12 teachers who want to improve the integration of technology in their classroom and business and industry professionals who use technology to help train company employees, Rieber said.

"As instructional technologists, we help people of all ages learn and perform to the best of their potential, and we take full advantage of the affordances of technology for learning and teaching," Rieber said.

Master's and specialist degrees are available, and space is still available in the first cohort, Rieber said. The university previously announced an application deadline of April 15, but applications will be accepted until the cohort is full. A GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score is required for admission.

Students in the first cohort can begin their studies either this summer or this fall, Rieber said. The program is designed for professionals who work full time. Students are expected to take two courses per semester, including the summer, in a prescribed order and graduate within two years. About half of the courses will be held online, and the other half will meet in face-to-face sessions at the Gwinnett campus at 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville, near Interstate 85 and Old Peachtree Road.

In the future, cohorts will begin in the summer, Rieber said.

All admitted students are required to have their own laptop computer, prescribed software and a video camera. Students must bring their laptop computers with them to class.

Tuition information is available online at www.bursar.uga.edu.

For more information about the program, visit www.coe.uga.edu/epit/idd/ or e-mail Rieber at lrieber@uga.edu.