The MDE is a postgraduate program. The basic entrance requirement is a bachelor level degree. Further information is available under: Further information about the MDE on the C3L website can be found at: www.uni-oldenburg.de/mde http://www.umuc.edu/catalog The MDE is taught in English, hence competency in the English language is required. English as a second language (ESL) applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and receive a score of at least 90 points to be accepted in the program. More detailed information is available under: http://www.umuc.edu/studserv/international/gr_admission.shtml More detailed information is available at the MDE-related websites of University of Maryland College (UMUC): University of Maryland College home page: http://www.umuc.edu/index.shtml MDE home page: http://www.umuc.edu/departments/omde/ Admission requirements: www.umuc.edu/catalog International students: http://www.umuc.edu/studserv/international/gr_admission.shtml Fees: http://www.umuc.edu/studserv/tuition/tuition_spring07_gr.shtml In 2003, the MDE received Sloan-C Award as Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, UCEA Award as Program of Excellence within the Distance Education Community of Practice. More recently the MDE was given EFMDE-CEL accreditation. EFMDE-CEL is an internationally recognized accreditation agency, aiming at improving quality standards of technologybased teaching and learning. Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg C3L - Center for Lifelong Learning D-26111 Oldenburg Germany Program director: Dr. Thomas Hülsmann Tel.: +49(0)441 798 - 3288 Fax: +49(0)441 798 - 4414 E-Mail: [email protected] In cooperation with: www.uni-oldenburg.de/mde Dramatic advances in information and telecommunication technologies and the increasing importance of lifelong learning has prompted more and more institutions and organizations to develop flexible internet-based education and training programs. To develop these programs, specialists are needed. The »Master of Distance Education« (MDE) gives future managers of such distance education und e-learning programs the qualifications they need Because of the increased level of flexibility and interactvity online distance education offers a distinct advantage over more traditional forms of distance education: The format of study in the MDE addresses the needs of a global audience and is highly flexible by waiving all requirements of on-site study. The MDE is a joint program of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and University of Maryland University College (UMUC). The degree is awarded by UMUC. MDE students can study independent of time and place. They have direct access to international leading experts in the field of modern distance education They have also access to UMUC's unique online library and library service WebTycho, a robust and versatile learning management system (LMS), provides a platform for its virtual classes that supports individual study, conference discussions, and group collaboration In addition to asynchronous communication in WebTycho, students can communicate synchronously using the web conferencing tool »Adobe Connect«™ The MDE is a modular program offering three specializations: Policy and management – with an emphasis on planning and management of distance education Technology – with an emphasis on management of educational technology Teaching and training – with an emphasis on pedagogics of online education These specializations are built on a set of core courses that are mandatory for all students: Foundations of distance education Technology in distance education Teaching and learning in online distance education Costs and economics of distance education Learner support in distance education and training Three of these five core courses are offered through Oldenburg University. Both program partners, the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L) of Oldenburg University and UMUC, are leaders in the field of online and distance education. All courses carry three American Credit Points (ACP) equivalent to a nominal student workload of 50 hours per credit point *. UMUC in particular is the world's largest online university, with expertise in the field of online distance education that is internationally recognized. Courses are offered three times a year, in three terms: spring, summer and fall). An average course is 15 weeks, amounting to a student workload of 10 hours per week. In 2006, UMUC was awarded the Price of Excellence by the International Council for Open and Distance Education, an international organization of universities, national and regional associations, and government agencies from 142 countries. In 2006, UMUC also received the Sloan-C Award in recognition of the scope of its online program offerings. The MDE requires the successful completion of 36 ACPs or 12 courses. The program includes the five core courses (15 ACP) and six courses from a chosen specialization (16 ACP, in addition to a capstone project at the end of the program (3 ACP). * The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is based on a credit representing a 30 hour nominal student workload.