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Online Doctoral Degree in Educational Computing
In response to the
needs of corporations and
for experts in the areas
of digital instruction and
the UNT Department
of Learning Technologies
has expanded its doctoral
degree program in
educational computing to
include an online degree Dr. Greg Jones
option. The online program, recently approved by
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,
is intended to serve students living outside the
North Texas region. The new distance-delivered
option will begin in the summer of 2012.
UNT's educational computing doctoral
degree program was established in 2001 as an
extension of the master of science program
in computer education and cognitive systems
that was established in 1985. Students in the
doctoral program focus on understanding
and expanding the synergy of technology and
learning/instructional systems theory for careers
as technology coordinators, directors of distance
education, instructional designers, teachers and
faculty members, and other learning technology
positions in academic and corporate settings.
Students have the option of completing the
master's degree in computer education and
cognitive systems while working on the doctoral
degree in educational computing.
Dr. Greg Jones, UNT associate professor
of learning technologies and director of the
doctoral program, stated that "Educational
and instructional technology is a fast-growing
field, and having the distance option will greatly
expand the ability for students outside the North
Texas area:' He explained that not every student
can afford to move to Denton or North Texas
area to enter the residency PhD program. Online
delivery will enable the program to reach more
students from across Texas, as well as nationally
and internationally. More than 200 students in 20
states and from Europe, Mexico, and Canada have
expressed interest in an online doctoral degree
during the last several years.
Students in the new program will complete
57 academic hours of Internet-based courses and
12 academic hours of dissertation research. While
taking courses, students will build portfolios of
academic writing, creative work, and service that
will be used to assess their capability prior to
starting the dissertation.
Mentoring will be an important aspect of the
program. Student will each be assigned to both a
faculty member in the Department of Learning
Technologies and a doctoral mentor, a professional
in the field who will oversee the student's work
toward the dissertation. The faculty member and
doctoral mentor will work with the student during
coursework and dissertation stages, focusing on
student-centered research and writing to guide the
student to successful completion of the program.
Cohorts of students organized around
geographic locations or with shared mentors
will be formed. Each summer, the cohorts will
come together for an annual meeting to be held
in conjunction with the annual conference of
the International Society for Technology in
Education. During the annual meeting, students
will present research, meet with their dissertation
committees, and later defend their portfolios and
Applications to the online doctoral program
are being accepted until April 10, 2012. For more
information, visit the program's website at http://
lt.unt.edu/ecmp, or contact the Department of
Learning Technologies at 940-565-2057.
Department of Learning Technologies Names
First Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
Dr. Todd Fore .
has accepted the
Department's first "
Outstanding Alumni , i
Award. COI Alumni
Society Board members
on the LT Outstanding
from faculty and others.
From those nominated, Dr. Todd Fore
Dr. Fore was chosen as the first recipient.
Dr. Fore is Executive Director of the Air
Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force
Base, TX. The center's primary focus is to ensure
that commanders around the world have the right
number of skilled Air Force people in the proper
grades and specialties to complete their missions.
AFPC has a diverse workforce of nearly 2,800 Air
Force military, civilian, and contractor personnel
responsible for implementing personnel
policies, developing personnel programs, and
conducting worldwide personnel operations
for 1.25 million Air Force military and civilian
personnel and retirees. The center also manages
the Air Expeditionary Force schedule and tracks
the execution of delivering versatile air and
space power to combatant commanders. AFPC
implements comprehensive programs covering all
aspects of the personnel life cycle for military and
civilian personnel, to include accessions education
and training, assignments and deployments,
promotions and evaluations, and retirements
and separations. Additionally the center provides
support for readiness and contingency operations.
Dr. Fore entered federal civil service in
1989 as an intern at Sheppard AFB, TX.
He has served in a variety of assignments at
base, major command, and Air Staff levels.
Assignments include aircraft maintenance,
training administrators, command mission
planner and technical training programming and
administration division chief. In April 2006, Dr.
Fore joined the Pentagon Office of the Deputy
Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel and
served as Chief of the Education and Training
Requirements Division. Prior to his current
assignment, Dr. Fore was the Deputy Director
of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of
Staff of Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters
U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Additionally,
Dr. Fore periodically serves as adjunct faculty in
graduate and undergraduate programs.
Dr. Fore received the BS degree in political
science and communication from Texas Christian
University, the MA degree in political science/
public administration, Midwestern State
University, and the PhD degree in applied
technology, training and employee development
- human resource management, from UNT in
On December 2, 2011, Dr. Fore received
the award and spoke to the doctoral students and
faculty on what he calls, "Your Academic Pursuits
Become the Blueprint of Executive Decision
Making and Leadership Success:' He also met
with the LT faculty. On December 3, he attended
the UNT football game along with members of
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