The Educational Technology (EdTech) emphasis area at MU is your portal to excellence and leadership in designing, developing and implementing technology in education and online learning, training and performance support.

EdTech offers three degree programs as either a Master's or an Educational Specialist Degree, and an Online Educator Certificate program. All courses are 100% ONLINE. All areas emphasize project-based learning where you learn while working on projects useful to you. You pick the professional goal that makes sense to you, and the EdTech faculty will help you transform your goal into your reality.

Online Educator

The Online Educator program of study will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to design and provide effective online learning experiences in a variety of settings.

In this focus area you will:

  • Design online learning activities for meaningful learning.
  • Promote student engagement in online learning environments.
  • Select appropriate technology and learning objects to support online learners.
  • Use Learning Management Systems to support and deliver online learning.
  • Find and evaluate Internet-based resources to enhance online learning.
Degree/Certificate Requirements

Learning Systems

The Learning Systems Design & Development (LSDD) focus area prepares you to plan and create learning and performance support systems and resources. The Program is available ONLINE and several courses are offered every semester.

In this focus area you will:

  • Conduct needs assessment and evaluating learning systems.
  • Design learning environments, including systems for direct instruction, constructivist learning, collaborative work, and performance support.
  • Develop learning systems applications or components of applications.
LSDD Program Requirements

Technology in Schools

The Technology in the Schools focus area prepares you to use, plan and implement advanced technologies in classrooms and other learning environments.

In this focus area you will engage in professional growth and leadership to:

  • Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
  • Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments.
  • Model digital-age work, learning, and technology leadership.
  • Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
TIS Program Requirements

Admission Process

Application Process

No matter where you live, the application process is the same. It is NOT necessary for you to come to the MU campus to apply for our graduate program. However, if you do decide to visit MU, please give us a call a couple of days in advance so we can make sure we have everything in order for you.

Enrolling Before You Apply

You may take up to 9 hours of SISLT coursework prior to being admitted, but keep in mind:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission.
  • Be sure to take courses that will be included in your Program of Study – check with the Student Coordinator Office before enrolling.
  • No more than 9 hours will count towards your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.
Admission Materials and Criteria

Your total credentials will be considered in making an admission decision. In general, successful applicants meet these criteria.

*There is no GRE (Graduate Record Exam) requirement, as of Fall 2014.

Required Application Materials Criteria for Admission
GPA (Grade Point Average) verified by transcript. GPA of 3.00 or higher (A=4.00) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not your first language. All non-native English speaking applicants must submit either a TOEFL with a minimum total score of 550 on a paper-based test (PBT) or 80 (out of 120) on an internet-based test (IBT).
Resume summarizing education and experience Some type of relevant experience.
Recommendation Letters (2) Submitted by persons knowing your interests and potential for success as graduate student.
Statement of Purpose Demonstrate that your goals align with our program.

If your credentials are lacking one of these characteristics, you could possibly be admitted on probation status. If this happens, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during your first 12 hours of graduate coursework, with no grade lower than a "B".

How to Apply
  1. Prepare electronic versions (e.g., Word files) of your resume and statement of purpose (what you hope your degree will do for you). If you have electronic versions of your letters of recommendation, you should have these ready as well.
  2. Apply using our convenient Apply Yourself online system. Be sure to upload your resume, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
  3. Provide an official copy of your transcript from the college or university where you received your bachelor's degree, your GRE scores, and your TOEFL scores if English is not your first language. Official transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions, 210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
When to Apply and Deadlines

You can apply to our graduate program whenever you are ready. If you are ready to apply now, follow the process described above.

Course enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU Academic Calendar/Dates to Remember.

Admission Decision and Notification

Once all your application materials are in place, we will review your credentials and notify you of the decision. Most decisions are made within a month.

If you MUST have your admission decision by a certain date, please notify our Student Coordinator, providing the date and rationale. We will do our best to meet your deadline.

Questions? Contact the SISLT Student Coordinator
Student Coordinator - Amy Adam

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Toll-free: (877) 747-5868
Local: (573) 882-4546
Fax: (573) 884-0122

Email for SISLT: sislt@missouri.edu
Email for Amy Adam: adamae@missouri.edu

Enrolling & Course Schedules

Course Schedules

Go to the Course Rotation Schedule for Educational Technology to find when courses are offered. This is the typical course rotation, please check MyZou for current course offerings.

Go to myZou.missouri.edu for all University courses. After logging in, go to Self-Service and then Class Search.


Enrolling Before You Apply

You may take up to 9 hours of SISLT coursework prior to being admitted, but keep in mind:

  • Taking courses prior to applying does not guarantee admission.
  • Be sure to take courses that will be included in your Program of Study – check with the Student Coordinator Office before enrolling.
  • No more than 9 hours will count towards your degree before you are officially accepted into the program.
How to Enroll
  1. Determine which courses you want and when they are available by checking MU's course schedule.
  2. Register for the courses that meet your needs and interests.
  3. Buy your textbooks and get started! You can purchase your books online from the University Bookstore, by phone: 573-882-7611 or 1-800-862-5866, or http://www.mubookstore.com/.
When to Enroll

Enrollment dates vary from semester to semester. For the most current information, visit the MU Academic Calendar/Dates to Remember.

How to Get Your Mizzou Tiger ID Card?

Your Mizzou Tiger ID Card has many purposes, including providing access to the Mizzou Recreation Center and checking out books from MU Libraries. Your first ID card is free upon request; replacement cards cost $10 each.

  • ON CAMPUS: Go to the ID Card Office, located in Mizzou Bookstore.
  • OFF CAMPUS: Fill out and submit the Distance Student ID Card Request form to the MUDirect office. You’ll receive a non-photo ID card that must be used with your standard photo ID.

Information for International Students Studying in the U.S.

International Students and Reduced Course Loads

If you are not enrolled full-time according to the guidelines listed below (per U.S. immigration regulations), you must (1) ask your academic advisor to sign this form and (2) submit it to the International Center. For more information about enrollment rules, please review the guidelines listed on the International Center website at: http://international.missouri.edu/come-to-mu/students/enrollment-guidelines/. Full-time enrollment for graduate students is defined as 9 credit hours in SISLT. (http://international.missouri.edu/forms/forms/isss-rcl.pdf)

International Students and the SEVIS Requirement

SEVIS requirements state that international students must be enrolled full-time (9 credit hours in SISLT) each semester and that no more than three online credits can count toward full-time enrollment. For students enrolled in additional online courses, a face-to-face component must be arranged with the course instructor. This requires regular meetings on a bi-weekly basis as arranged by the instructor. You will need to get a form from the Student Coordinator’s Office (Amy) to verify your regular meetings with the instructors.

Questions? Contact the SISLT Student Coordinator
Student Coordinator - Amy Adam

303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Toll-free: (877) 747-5868
Local: (573) 882-4546
Fax: (573) 884-0122

Email for SISLT: sislt@missouri.edu
Email for Amy Adam: adamae@missouri.edu

Fees & Financial Aid


While your education is certainly one of the most valuable things in your life, it doesn't have to be the most expensive because MU is a top-tier university without a top-tier price tag. Created by recognized leaders in the field, the EdTech program was the first online program at MU, opening the door for a range of online programs recently recognized as a "Best Buy" award winner.

The Educational Technology programs require 30 credit hours. For the 2015–16 academic year, the current cost per credit hour for Missouri residents AND all distance students is $350.10 and includes two additional fees per credit hours: an Information Technology fee of $13.00 and a College of Education fee of $40.20. Using these numbers the total cost of your EdTech program will be about $12,015 (plus books and materials).

Not a Missouri resident?

No problem! Whether you are an online student half way around the world or a near-by Missouri resident, the cost is the same. And the added flexibility and access of online learning saves you commuting time and money.

For more information related to off campus student fees, please check out the MU Direct website.

For more information related to on campus student fees, please check out the MU Cashiers Office website.

Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships

Full-time students may be eligible for graduate assistantship positions, which include a tuition waiver and supplemental medical insurance. You must be accepted into a degree program to participate. For more information and to apply, please visit HireMizzouTigers.com.


Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, numerous scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Use the Graduate Scholarship form to apply. The application deadline is March 1.

Other Financial Assistance

Additional financial aid options can be found online through the University of Missouri's student financial aid and Graduate School's websites:


Program Resources

EdTech Facebook

Facebook page for University of Missouri EdTech Program

EdTech YouTube

YouTube site for University of Missouri EdTech Program

EdTech Listserv

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Digital Media Zone

The ZONE is a support environment for students enrolled in digital media and Web development courses taught online by SISLT faculty. The ZONE is staffed by Zone Mentors who help students via discussion boards, e-mail, instant-messaging, telephone, and in-person consultations.

The Reflector

The Reflector is a library and technology lab located in the College of Education and staffed by SISLT students among others.


SISLTcast provides interactive web-based learning resources for the College of Education. Special programs focusing on educational technology include Zone Radio covering digital media tools, methods and products for students enrolled in online courses, EDgeTech showcasing K-12 teachers who utilize technology in their classrooms, and Show Me the World sharing international activities of the COE around the world.

Information Experience Laboratory

The IE Lab offers usability design and testing services offered by SISLT, primarily focusing on human interactions with websites.

Allen Institute

The Allen Institute is SISLT’s research and development facility for faculty and students. Research and development projects are located and supported in the Allen Institute.


Faculty & Staff

Faculty | Staff | Retired Faculty

  • Faculty

  • Photo of Sean Goggins
    (573) 882-7807 221B Townsend Hall
    Sean Goggins
    Associate Professor

    Interest Areas:

    • Big Social Data
    • Virtual Organizations at the Small Group Unit of Analysis
    • Integrating knowledge from computer supported collaborative learning and computer supported cooperative work
  • Photo of Jane L. Howland
    (573) 882-6698 221J Townsend Hall
    Jane L. Howland
    Teaching Professor

    Research Areas:

    • Constructivist and Collaborative Learning in Online Environments
    • Information Technology Use with K-12 Learners
    • Technology-Enhanced Student Assessment
  • Photo of Isa Jahnke
    (573) 884-1568 221F Townsend Hall
    Isa Jahnke
    Associate Professor | Director of Research for the Information Experience Lab

    Research Areas:

    • Technology-enhanced Designs for Learning
    • Teaching and Learning in CrossActionSpaces
    • Sociotechnical Processdesign
  • Photo of Lorie Kaplan
    (573) 884-7216 325 Clark Hall
    Lorie Kaplan
    Assistant Clinical Professor

    Research Areas:

  • Photo of Aimee Klimczak
    (573) 882-4546 303 Townsend Hall
    Aimee Klimczak

    Research Areas:

    • Online Learning Environments
    • Portfolio Development and Assessment
    • Protocol Analysis
  • Photo of Rose M. Marra
    (573) 882-2877 221I Townsend Hall
    Rose M. Marra

    Research Areas:

    • Assessment and Evaluation of Educational Change
    • Epistemological Implications of Learning Technologies
    • Gender Equity in Engineering and Science Education
  • Photo of Joi L. Moore
    (573) 884-2797 221C Townsend Hall
    Joi L. Moore
    Associate Division Director | Professor

    Research Areas:

    • Electronic Performance Support Systems
    • Interactive Learning Environments
    • Designing User-Centered Web applications (Human-Computer Interaction)
  • Photo of Johannes Strobel
    (573) 884-1571 221B Townsend Hall
    Johannes Strobel

    Research Areas:

    • Integrated STEM Education, particularly "E"ngineering and "T"echnology
    • Cyber-physical learning technologies such as 3D modeling/printing, additive manufacturing and design
    • Design, Development and Research on STEM toys, learning modules and teacher professional development
  • Staff

  • Photo of Amy Adam
    (573) 884-1391 304 Townsend Hall
    Amy Adam
    Student Coordinator
  • Photo of Brooke Hartman
    (573) 882-4546 304 Townsend Hall
    Brooke Hartman
    Student Services Specialist
  • Retired Faculty

  • Photo of Julie A. Caplow
    Julie A. Caplow
    Associate Professor

    Research Areas:

    • Informal Curriculum in Professional Education
    • Program-Based Learning
    • Technology and Post-secondary Instruction
  • Photo of Gail Fitzgerald
    Gail Fitzgerald

    Research Areas:

    • Electronic Performance Support Tools for Students with Disabilities
    • Interactive, Multimedia Learning Environments in Teacher Education
    • Classroom Observation Methodology
  • Photo of David Jonassen
    David Jonassen
    Professor Emeritus

    Research Areas:

    • Designing problem-based learning
    • Cognitive Tools (Mindtools) for Learning
    • Cognitive modeling/Cognitive Task Analysis
  • Photo of James M. Laffey
    James M. Laffey

    Research Areas:

    • Social Computing
    • Performance Support Systems
    • Interface Design and Usability
  • Photo of John F. Wedman
    John F. Wedman
    Professor Emeritus

    Research Areas:

    • Analogical Problem Solving
    • Performance Support Systems
    • Technology Integration in Teaching & Learning

SISLT R&D Projects

Research & Development Projects

SISLT R&D projects are housed in the Allen Institute, named in honor of Dr. Bryce L. Allen who was recognized as an excellent instructor and ground-breaking researcher in SISLT during the period 1996 – 2001. The Allen Institute offers an infrastructure of support and a collaborative space wherein the vital inquiry of SISLT can be enhanced. Bryce Allen represented the best of collaboration and creative research; the goal of The Allen Institute is to continue in this noble tradition.

Ongoing Research Projects
Ancient Texts | New Media | Future Ethics: Case Studies in Digital Text Analysis
Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson
The international collaborative project involves conceptualizing new theoretical constructs and methodologies in the study of media, communication, and information. The interdisciplinary research at the intersection of ancient studies, digital humanities, and contemporary ethics involves developing an application programming interface (API) that will make it possible to pursue “big data” textual research across texts and traditions. The aim is to show the potential for innovative methodologies in digital textuality, intertextuality, and classification to uncover new information concerning foundational source texts of world cultures [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]
Before Babel: The Universal Language and the Origins of Cultures
Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson
The notion that there once existed a language common to all people that was lost in the Fall or the confusion at Babel has engaged philosophers and religious scholars for millennia. This project involves developing digital text analysis techniques to investigate the possibility that this idea is more than a legend [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]
Cyber-physical Learning
Point of Contact: Johannes Strobel
This project investigates the role of 3D printing and robotics on the learning process in STEAM subjects. From the mind to the digital to the creation/control of physical objects. Online professional development of design, engineering and computer science. Research on how to facilitate teacher learning processes over distance and in online settings incorporating hands-on, problem-based learning Empathy and care as essential trademarks and dispositions of STEM particularly Human Centered Design and engineering. Inclusion, Access and Heterogeneity in technical fields: reducing stereotypes, inclusive design
Digital Didactical Designs
Point of Contact: Isa Jahnke
Are you interested in studying the relation of teachers' designs for learning and students outcomes in a tablet 1:1 program? Digital Didactical Design (DDD) is an approach that engages teachers in designing for tablet/technology-mediated learning. The project ask, in what ways teachers use ipads/technology, for what kinds of teaching activities and learning activities, and how are these designs connected to the student learning outcomes. We use the five-layer DDD-model (Jahnke, 2015) for studying the designs and then, we relate the teacher designs to student outcomes such as products created with different apps. The project helps teachers to evaluate and reflect on their designs for learning with the aim to promote student learning progress.
The Digital Humanities Commons @ The Allen Institute (DHC)
Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson
The DHC serves as MU’s nexus of digital scholarship and innovation. Its mission is to promote faculty research projects and catalyze new scholarship in Digital Humanities. The facility offers a dedicated space, technical expertise, and networks for collaboration in a unique laboratory that aims to advance the work of arts and humanities faculty and their senior graduate students [students have a range of opportunities to work on different projects with faculty from various departments at MU in roles such as interaction design, programming, digital research design, communication and public relations, grant sponsored work, etc.]
Digital Libraries
Point of Contact: Heather Moulaison
Digital libraries are ubiquitous, and services and systems to provide access support enterprises ranging from scholarship to commerce. Focus your study and research on theoretical and practical aspects of providing access to curated digital content in information centers. Special attention can be given to metadata, digital preservation, and standards/interoperability for electronic content. Bibliographic Control and Access: In the digital age, libraries more than ever need to meet user needs through organized, curated content. What advances are being made in bibliographic control and how do these support access?
Diversity Issues in Public Libraries
Point of Contact: Denice Adkins
Public libraries are accessible to entire communities, but individual populations have different and sometimes conflicting needs. Explore diversity management and diversity issues specific to public libraries, and how those issues can be communicated with library administrators, staff, and patrons.
The Greek Key Virtual Research Environment (VRE)
Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson
This project involves developing a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) — i.e., a suite of tools and resources designed to help manage the increasingly complex range of tasks involved in bringing together scholars across disciplines and from around the globe to collaborate virtually on both small and large scale research on early source texts [Students can pursue programming, interaction design, studies in comparative textual research, philosophy, classics, religious studies, etc.]
Group Informatics
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Group Informatics is a methodological approach and ontology for understanding the social connections that are created between members of technologically-mediated groups. A substantive literature on small groups exists, but focused understanding of how different types of online groups diverge from traditional groups is limited, and is often focused on the study of a single online group as opposed to taking a comparative approach. Our methodological approach supports focused thinking about how online groups differ from each other, and diverge from their face-to-face counterparts. Group Informatics is grounded in five years of empirical studies of technologically-mediated groups in online learning, software engineering, online political discourse, crisis informatics and other domains. To discuss our methodological approach and the associated methods of group analysis, we first introduce two new constructs: the small, naturally asynchronous group (SNAG) and the socio-technical interaction place (STIP). These new constructs are more precise in their scope than prior constructs, and thus help to bound discourse related to the new kinds of technologically-mediated social relations that are characteristic of online group participation. We describe the Group Informatics Model and the related, two-phase methodological approach in detail. Phase one of the methodological approach centers on a set of guiding research questions aimed at directing the application of Group Informatics to new corpora of integrated electronic trace data and qualitative research data. Phase two of the methodological approach is a systematic set of steps for transforming electronic trace data into weighted social networks. We suggest that the Group Informatics methodological approach begins an important discussion in information science, aimed at advancing empirically and theoretically informed analysis of electronic trace data focused on small groups. Group Informatics can also be used as a foundation to address other phenomena where understanding of how people are connected with each other through technology is a central concern.
Information Experience Laboratory
URL: http://ielab.missouri.edu
Point of Contact: Neeley Current
Laboratory and enterprise for for research, teaching and service in technology usability.
Point of Contact: Isa Jahnke
iPad-Didactics and tablets in K-12 schools explores how teachers in schools designs for learning using innovative forms of pedagogies. We are looking at the sociotechnical-pedagogical processes.
Latinos, Libraries, and Information Use
Point of Contact: Denice Adkins
As Latino populations grow in the Midwest, and library use is one way of integrating those populations into the community. The information needs of Latino communities may be different from the information needs of non-Latino communities. Explore ways of making libraries and information provision more appropriate to diverse populations.
Libraries and Geographic Information Systems
Point of Contact: Denice Adkins
As place-bound institutions, libraries provide services to populations that are located in and around those buildings. Explore GIS technologies and how they can be integrated into library data planning.
Point of Contact: Twyla Gibson
A peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for research on media and mediation [students can work as editors, proofreaders, commissioning articles etc. ]
Mission Hydro Science: Gaming Analytics
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Mission HydroSci terrain simulator provides students with a set of tools to investigate water in socio-ecological systems. Students can manipulate topography by increasing and decreasing terrain elevation. They can also collect data to make sense of the changes they enact by placing sensors in the environment to monitor variables such as water flow, volume and quality. By manipulating the terrain, students discover how water cycles through the environment. A time-machine function allows students to predict and then observe long-term implications of hydrologic cycles.
Objects: Stories of Immigration and Material Culture
Point of Contact: Jenny Bossaller
This project documents the items brought by German immigrants to Missouri, or made by German immigrants in Missouri. The end product will be an e-edition with rich metadata built on the Scalar platform combining multimedia (photographs, 3-D images, sound recordings) and GIS. It is a joint collaboration with the Missouri Humanities Council, historic societies, and scholars across the state.
Open Collaboration Data Factories
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Open online communities (OOC) are significant drivers of innovation, create economic activity, and are linked to improved social well-being. Scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines research OOCs to allow citizens to manage and grow OOCs. Methods that these researchers use include investigating how tools may be designed to support different modes of collaboration, developing theories of collaboration from rich qualitative methods, or using electronic trace data. While research contexts are identical, differences in data and methods leads to diffuse discourse across disciplines, publications, and communication. Issues of coherence within different communities studying the same data makes discussion about a particular OOC difficult. A second challenge is the participation of individuals in multiple communities and the associated limitations of scholarship focused on single communities.
Opportunistic Discovery of Information (ODI)
Point of Contact: Sanda Erdelez
Focuses on understanding the role of serendipity and human information behavior and user experiences in information rich digital environments. Current project involve: ODI in medical and legal information contexts, online news reading and ODI, and ODI in scientific/scholarly research and communication.
Problem based learning environments – particularly in STEM disciplines
Point of Contact: Rose Marra
Dr. Marra just received an NSF grant to study metacognition development in engineering students at the PBL Iron Range Engineering Program. Dr. Marra is actively seeking to hire a GA to help with data collection and analysis for this project. Design, implementation and research of tools used to support meaningful collaboration in online settings. Dr. Marra was PI of the NSF funded SCEE (Supporting Collaboration in Engineering Education) where she created and researched tools to support online and asynchronous collaboration for engineering problem solving. Dr. Marra is currently working with colleagues to extend and refine this idea for supporting “kitchen” science labs in online K-12 science learning in the context of the MIZZOU K-12 Online High School.
Project Whistlestop
URL: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/
Point of Contact: Tom Kochtanek
The digital library for the Truman Presidential Library.
Reader Advisory and Reading Appeal
Point of Contact: Denice Adkins
What makes a book a "good book"? Elements of appeal have been proposed, but have those elements of appeal been tested? Do they hold true for different generations? Different cultures? Different ages? Different reading formats like comics? Explore reading and reading research to help answer these questions.
Reflexive Dynamics in Patient Self Care Online Communities
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Online support communities are complex, dynamic systems subject to numerous internal and external factors. This project investigates how internal factors (e.g. interactions between individuals in conversation-driven online health groups) interact with external factors (e.g. technology design, demographics), leading to different performance levels (e.g. support matching, information quality). We apply complex adaptive systems (CAS) theory to pursue this research. CAS is a subfield of complexity science, and describes systems in terms of stable patterns of local interactions that generate coherent aggregate behaviors. It has been applied successfully to various human social systems and offers a potentially unifying framework for divergent social technology research efforts.
School Libraries and Reading Performance
Point of Contact: Denice Adkins
A child's first exposure to libraries is typically through their school library. Large data sets often allow us to connect school library use and academic performance through quantitative methods. Explore school performance and other data to make arguments based on policy and strategy.
Secure Data Science for Education Research
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Education research is limited because sharing data across study sites is fraught with concerns about student privacy and protecting minors. This project addresses those gaps head on, and is actively developing a systematic sociotechnical mechanism for ensuring secure education research.
Sociotechnical Design
Point of Contact: Isa Jahnke
The Information Experience Lab adopts a SocioTechnical Design approach to integrate user experience in technical designs, for example, usability testing. Newest trends illustrate a need for usability testing for small devices and applications for wearables. The IELab is striving towards new usability methods for such new flexible devices. In addition, there is a need to rethink existing usability methods for new groups of users such as smart city applications, preschoolers and English language learners.
STD Engineering (Sociotechnical Design and Engineering) in Health Care
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
Health care is a complex ecosystem of providers, insurers, financial teams, administration and patients. Each team uses process and technology in distinct ways, often unique to each location where care is provided. There have been many studies of health care, but to date the development of a theory of sociotechnical design and engineering in this context has not been articulated. The aim of this project is active participation in the development of theories salient for advancing health care outcomes deliberately, through the codesign of technologies and social structures.
Structural Fluidity & Performance in Virtual Organizations
Point of Contact: Sean Goggins
A major advantage of Virtual Organizations (VOs) is flexible membership and participation. VO members are able to join and leave VOs at will, and can change whom they collaborate with at any point in time. Such flexibility may make VOs more efficient in the completion of collaborative work than traditional organizations. However, efficiency is only one of several measures of organizational performance; and flexibility in a virtual organization includes both how VO structures may be more fluid and adaptive, and how VO leadership emerges and evolves throughout the VO lifecycle. The aim of this proposal is to: (1) define and quantitatively assess the actual flexibility of participation in VOs, through a social network index that we call structural fluidity; and (2) measure the relationship between fluidity and performance in the work carried out within the VO. These are essential insights for the development of theories to guide the formation, development and dissolution of VOs, and teams that emerge around VO work. To accomplish the proposal’s aims, we will apply a methodological approach and ontology for the study of VOs that we have used in over a dozen published studies, and refer to as Group Informatics. Our approach enables a comprehensive, interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between structural fluidity and performance in diverse VOs. Specifically, we will examine VOs in software engineering, disaster relief, online learning and public discourse communities that emerge through social media.
Supporting Collaboration in Engineering Education (SCEE)
Point of Contact: Rose Marra
SCEE will develop an online, customizable environment — the Engineering Education Collaboration Environment — in which students will manage and implement collaborative activities associated with engineering design projects. The project will include dissemination, testing and research in several engineering classrooms at multiple institutions.
Towards Cross-action Spaces
Point of Contact: Isa Jahnke
There is no thing called 'distance learning.' We learn when we are present. It is distance teaching. Also, the term of blended learning is crucial. What do we really blend? Thus, what happens when online and offline worlds are merging? Human behavior turns from inter-action to cross-action. Which kinds of designs for learning are needed under those new conditions? That is what we study. We argue we need reflective cross-actions in learning expeditions.
Point of Contact: Isa Jahnke
Do you want to work with newest technologies such as smart glasses and wearables, and want to know how to 'design for sociotechnical learning'? Then, join our SISLT team and our LexMizzou project where we create collaborative learning expeditions for new students on Mizzou Campus.

Careers & Job Assistance

Careers in Educational Technology

Educational Technology graduates have an array of career options available. Some graduates work in K-12 schools, others work in corporations, and still others apply their skills in government, healthcare, higher education, and other settings. Whatever the career, you will leave here with a skill set that will serve you well in the future.

Those who choose the Technology in Schools (TiS) focus can look forward to fulfilling careers including K-12 classroom teacher, media/technology specialist, or technology training specialist. The versatile nature of what you learn in the TiS focus lends itself to varied career paths.

The Online Educator focus will prepare you to teach in online venues and provide leadership in developing online offerings. In this rapidly developing and changing environment, you will find employment in virtual schools, higher education, government, business/industry, military, museum, and other settings offering public education.

For those who choose the Learning Systems Design & Development (LSDD) focus, there are countless opportunities. Combining technology and human interaction opens the door to careers in research, software development, and other creative endeavors.

If you're interested in speaking with a student or recent graduate about their career opportunities and experiences, contact our Student Coordinator at (877) 747-5868.

Finding Jobs

Hire MIZZOU Grads: The University of Missouri provides an online job placement service at no cost to MU students. This is a new service that promises to be increasingly valuable. To find out more, visit the Hire MIZZOU Grads website.

Jobs Listserv: Many employers tell us about their job openings, and we distribute this information via our Jobs Listserv. These positions all fall under the broad umbrella of Information Science & Learning Technologies, are from across the country, and in extremely diverse contexts. If a job looks interesting (based on the work, the location, the organization, whatever), you should apply for it.

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Other Job Sites. Several professional organizations maintain websites listing jobs. Some of these organizations limit this service to members; others are open to the public. Here are a few that might be helpful in your job searching.

Presenting Yourself

Once you find a job that looks interesting, the next step is to begin the application process. Most application processes involve the following phases. Check out the Tips & Techniques for each phase.

Graduate School Career Services
Resources for help with resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques.

Your Application Letter

Your Resume
Guidelines for Writing a Professional Resume

Your References

Your Interview


Forms & Contact Information


General Program Forms
  • Distance ID Request
    This is the form that allows distance students who will never be on campus to request an MU ID.
  • Graduate Scholarship form
    This is the application form for a graduate scholarship from the department and/or the college. NOTE: Completed applications should be returned to 118 Hill Hall by March 1 to be considered for College of Education scholarships, and should be submitted to the SISLT Student Coordinator's office by April 1 to be considered for departmental scholarships.
  • MU graduate application
    This is the MU graduate school application for admission.
  • Program of Study substitution form
    Use this form when you need to make a change to your Program of Study. Submit this form to the Student Coordinator.
  • Reference forms
    This is the form for those who are going to write a reference for you to accompany your admission application.
  • Request to Re-enroll
    This is the form which allows you to re-enroll after not taking courses for a year or more.
  • Travel Application Form
    Students should use this form to apply for funds to travel.
  • MU Student Life Rules and Regulations
  • MU Registrar Educational Policies
    This site contains selected policies and procedures summarized as a guide for students.
Master’s Degree Forms
Ed Specialist Degree Forms

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

SISLT Graduate Student Financial Aid

Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, numerous scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Please NOTE: Completed applications should be returned to the SISLT Student Coordinator’s office (304 Townsend Hall, Columbia, MO 65211) by March 1 to be considered for departmental scholarships.

COE Graduate Scholarships



303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4546
(1-877) 747-5868 (Toll Free)
(573) 884-0122 (Fax)
SISLT Student Coordinator: Amy Adam
(573) 884-1391
(1-877) 747-5868 (Toll Free)
(573) 884-0122 (Fax)
Allen Institute
(573) 884-8350
Digital Media ZONE
(1-877) 848-9663 (Toll Free)
College of Education
Dean’s Office
118 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-8524
(573) 884-5785 (Fax)
Dean Daniel Clay
(573) 882-3279
MU Services
Blackboard Help for Students
(573) 882-3598 (Distance Students Only)
MU Bookstore
(1-800) UBS-TIGR
MU Center for Distance and Independent Study
(1-800) 609-3727 (Toll Free)
Mizzou Online
(573) 882-1896
(1-800) 545-2604 (Toll Free)
MU IT Help Desk: Do-IT
(573) 882-5000
MU Graduate School
210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-6311
(1-800) 877-6312 (Toll Free)
MU Student Financial Aid Office
(573) 882-7506
MU Libraries
(573) 882-4701
MU Office of Cashiers
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MU Registrar
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International Student Resources and Contacts

The University of Missouri is the American home for students from around the world. And nowhere is this more evident than in our EdTech program. Our current students and recent graduates were drawn to MU because of our commitment to building a global learning community enabled by technology. International Students at the University of Missouri have access to many resources that are dedicated to their success.

Asian Affairs Center

Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative

College of Education International Resources

European Union Center

International Student Center


Impact Statements

eThemes Saves Time, Lowers Cost, and Improves Student Learning

The eMINTS National Center and the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies provide eThemes -- a free, online database of carefully selected, child-safe learning materials, bringing media-rich content to classrooms across the country. eThemes includes thousands of websites grouped into over 2,500 thematic areas ranging from “advertising” to “zoos”. Aligned with the educational standards of Missouri and eight other states, teachers use eThemes materials because they are age appropriate and up-to-date. By saving teachers from the time-intensive task of finding high-quality instructional websites and reducing the need for expensive print materials, conservative estimates are that eThemes lowers the annual cost of K-12 education by millions. The eThemes website receives over 6,000,000 hits annually.

Learning Support Systems Help Students with Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Through KidTools and StrategyTools, the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is providing educators with free computer-based performance support tools for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. Project director Gail Fitzgerald and her colleagues designed the tools to enable students to succeed in school and to help them transition to post-school settings. The U.S. Department of Education has provided $2.8 million in funding since 1998 to support the development of this software and to establish its efficacy in public school classrooms. The software is being disseminated to teachers and parents throughout Missouri and the nation.

Digital Support and Resources for the Truman Presidential Library

Launched with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 1996, Project Whistlestop provides online support and digital library services for the Truman Presidential Library & Museum. Lead by Tom Kochtanek in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, the Project Whistlestop website (www.trumanlibrary.org) receives more than 77 million hits a year, providing immediate access to Truman resources for researchers, students, and other online visitors.

Online Learning Resources Help Improve Boating Safety and Law Enforcement

Software designers in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies are working to improve boating safety. A team lead by Joi Moore is working with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to evaluate and improve the organization’s online learning resources. NASBLA is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories, affecting the lives of over 83 million American boaters.

Open Source Software Improves eLearning

Jim Laffey and a team of software designers from the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies are working to create open source software to enhance learning and improve the function of on-line resources. The team has created CANS (Context-aware Activity Notification System), an activity monitoring system designed for use in open source information and course management systems such as Sakai. CANS is made available to educators for free so they can better monitor and assist student progress and their students can benefit from the social nature of learning in online settings.

Virtual Environments Help Individuals with Autism

The iSocial project is a partnership between the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and MU’s Thompson Center for Autism & Neuro Developmental Disorders. Under the direction of Jim Laffey, the iSocial team is creating a 3D Virtual Learning Environment to help develop social competence for individuals with autism. According to the Center for Disease Control, from 1994 to 2005 the number of children and youth ages 6–21 years receiving services for ASD increased from approximately 20,000 to 200,000.

Department of Labor Grant Improves Radiation Safety Training

David Jonassen and Rose Marra from the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies are partnering with Bill Miller from Nuclear Engineering on a $2.3 million project that will help increase the pool of well-trained Radiation Protection Technicians at nuclear power plants. The Radiation Protection Curriculum Project is developing courses and learning resources that will be implemented at 6 community colleges across the country, helping meet the projected need for roughly 90,000 new nuclear employees in the next 10 years, on top of additional needs resulting from new nuclear power plant construction.

Assessment Tools Help Engineering Programs Recruit and Retain Female Students

The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies is working to develop performance tools that assess the effectiveness of engineering and science programs to recruit and retain women. Partnering with Penn State University, Rose Marra is working with the National Girls Collaborative Project, Assessing Women in Engineering (AWE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to build capacity in reaching female engineering students and to distribute a comprehensive set of assessment tools to help recruitment efforts and to measure retention rates. The need for this work is supported by the continued low enrollment of women in undergraduate engineering programs where percentages remain at approximately 20% in spite of over two decades of efforts to increase enrollments.

IE Lab Helps Improve Websites

Operated by the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, the Information Experiences Laboratory (IE Lab) helps clients across Missouri improve the usability and impact of their website and other digital resources. IE Lab clients range from small start-up companies to large, multi-national corporations, as well as several libraries and other non-profit organizations in Missouri. After implementing IE Lab recommendations, two clients have won national awards for their improved websites.

IE Lab Global Network

Faculty in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies are working with colleagues in Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Singapore to create the IE Lab Global Network, a consortium of usability testing facilities. The lab in Taiwan is currently assisting the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Asia Office to create a website in Chinese for Missouri’s agribusiness presence in the Pacific Rim.

MU Prepares Librarians

A federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services is helping MU faculty meet the growing demand for professional librarians in Missouri. MU has Missouri’s only Library Science program that is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). With access points in Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, St. Louis, and Omaha, NE, the Library Science program produces approximately 100 librarians a year, helping meet a growing demand for these information specialists across the State and region.

For more Mizzou impacts please go to http://economicdevelopment.missouri.edu/impact.php.