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Bay Path University launches new Master’s Program in Learning, Design & Technology

LONGMEADOW- As an onslaught of complex challenges, and the urgency to develop innovative solutions to meet them, promise to reshape higher education, Bay Path University announces the launch of a new Master’s program in Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) in Fall 2020.

The fully online program will tap into Bay Path’s longstanding position as a leader in the use of emerging technologies, creative curricula and learning analytics to train professionals looking to shape the ongoing evolution of higher education by applying technology to the development of innovative, accessible and impactful learning processes.

Designed by a broadly representative team of Bay Path faculty and staff, the LDT program was launched to give students a students a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership, a foundation on which they can create engaging and innovative learning experiences for all students. Students will also have the opportunity to enroll jointly in Bay Path’s doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Studies (HELOS) and carry out applied real world learning design projects, making the MS in LDT program an ideal place for educating the next generation of those who will lead the transformation of learning in the future.

“While there are hundreds of graduate programs currently preparing individuals for careers in the educational technology field, the Bay Path M.S. in LDT uniquely pulls together several essential threads that are especially important in today’s environment for reimagining higher education,” says Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson, Bay Path’s outgoing provost and the architect of the HELOS degree and CHELIP programs.

While the launch comes at a time when the coronavirus has transformed campuses in one fell, contagious swoop, Bay Path has used technology to pioneer unique teaching and learning formats and offer flexible, dynamic and personalized educational experiences for 20 years.

The University’s diverse student population includes its traditional on-campus undergraduates, online graduate students and online adult learners obtaining bachelor’s degrees through The American Women’s College.

Morriss-Olson notes, “Given Bay Path’s longstanding, successful track record in educating higher education professionals (i.e., through the Masters in Higher Education Administration, the graduate certificate in online teaching and learning, and the newly launched doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Studies) and in applying innovative learning solutions across the University, it is logical that we should position ourselves as a leader in educating digital learning professionals for this emerging, interdisciplinary, and in-demand career field.”

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About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women’s College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 25 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations.  Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.