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We've designed the DMDL MA to be responsive to your goals, and choosing an area of focus can help you refine your curriculum to meet your needs. All you need to do is take at least three specific courses related to your personal and professional goals.

Want to choose your own path? You can work with your advisor to create a unique area of specialization, tailoring your program of study in areas including UX for learning, emerging media AR/XR/VR, edtech entrepreneurship, and so much more.

Learning Analytics and Educational Data Science (LADS) Specialization

You'll learn how to design and create information and decision-making tools for educational settings that are based on data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Upon completing this specialization you will have the skills to:

  • Create solutions for educational settings based on your analysis and development of data from learning tools.
  • Use data and analytics to better understand current learning processes and outcomes and improve them for the future.
  • Meaningfully critique and improve the design of learning analytics from technical, practical, social, and ethical perspectives.
  • Effectively communicate how interconnected infrastructure, policy, and societal factors play a role in learning analytics systems.

To complete this specialization, you'll take two required courses in our program and choose one NYU course from a menu of options. See our curriculum for more information about requirements.

Online Learning Design (OLE)

In this highly relevant specialization, you’ll learn about the specific challenges and opportunities in conducting learning and interactivity at a distance. You will build on the latest findings in learning sciences to design engaging online experiences for K–12, higher education, and adult learning environments.

Upon completing this specialization, you’ll have the skills to:

  • Move beyond traditional learning activities and assessment to create engaging, motivating online learning environments
  • Develop the ideal mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities for any situation
  • Respond effectively to the expectations of today’s learners
  • Work effectively within technical constraints
  • Work with educators from diverse backgrounds and in divergent settings to craft designs that meet unique needs
  • Help deliver on the promise of expanded education opportunities for diverse communities

To complete this specialization, you’ll choose three elective courses from four options. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in supplemental learning activities including research internships, faculty projects, independent study, events and workshops, and an online learning thesis.

Games for Learning (G4L) Concentration

You'll create, use, and evaluate digital games for use in learning environments, both formal and informal.

Upon completing your concentration, you will have an in-depth knowledge of:

  • The ways social, emotional, cultural, and cognitive aspects of learning affect game design.
  • Game design models and developmental practices.
  • The value of narrative in game design, and how to develop it effectively.
  • How to produce research that can improve and evaluate the design of games for learning.

You'll also gain the skills to:

  • Discuss the role and function of play in games for learning, as well as how diverse features of games contribute to games for learning, such as role playing, immersion, narrative, feedback, consequences of failure, and more.
  • Explain the potential values and limitations of the use of digital games for learning, including what types of learners and subjects benefit from them and in what settings games have the potential to support learning.

To complete the concentration, you will choose three G4L courses from four options. See the curriculum for more information about requirements.