Can Course Design in an Online MAT Program Promote Personalized Learning through e-Teaching and e-Learning Practices?


  • Barbara Schwartz-Bechet UMUC



Personalized learning, e-learning, e-teaching, teacher education


The current study sought to determine if the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program design promoted personalized learning in the LMS platform, Webtycho. Personalized learning provides a medium to improve efficiencies in online learning. Personalized learning is not directed or paced so much by the teacher as it is by the student's own ability and capacity to acquire knowledge [1]. A qualitative case study, paired with quantitative data, will corroborate indications, through triangulation, of some, or all, of the seven multiple intelligences learning styles, student e-learning practices demonstrated, and e-teaching practices employed, to determine if personalized learning has occurred with current MAT students. A recommendation of ways to meet the learning needs of all current and future students in the MAT program will be provided.

Author Biography

Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, UMUC

Dr. Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Director of Certification Programs & Collegiate Associate Professor at University of Maryland University College, has been in the field of education for over 25 years. She began at UMUC August 2009 and reworked the Master of Arts in Teaching program from a 3 credit, three year program, into a six credit, 2 year program within 6 months. Dr. Schwartz-Bechet received her doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University in New York City. Prior to coming to UMUC, Dr. Schwartz-Bechet instructed undergraduate and graduate education students at Johns Hopkins University and Bowie State University (BSU) for a total of sixteen years. She was a Graduate Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Childhood/Special Education during her tenure at BSU. Additionally, Dr. Schwartz-Bechet was instrumental in the creation of three special education public Professional Development Schools in Maryland and has presented at local, national, and international conferences, has been a requested speaker for local school systems, and has published and received grants throughout her tenure within the University System of Maryland.




How to Cite

Schwartz-Bechet, B. (2012). Can Course Design in an Online MAT Program Promote Personalized Learning through e-Teaching and e-Learning Practices?. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 5(4), pp. 38–41.



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