ET5091 Capstone Experience for Educational Technology (1 semester credit)
The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of this Educational Technology program. It does this by having candidates provide specific artifacts produced along with or as a result of their courses‘ application assignments. Candidates align their work with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Educational Technology Facilitators as established by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in collaboration with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Opportunities to use technology in synthesizing and reflecting upon their learning and future are also provided, culminating in students‘ construction of their own online electronic portfolio to provide a highly personalized framework for their planning and professional documentation beyond graduation.
Focus of Study Courses
Educational Technology Track
ET5013 Responsible Technological Change
Learners explore paradigm shifts, current trends and issues in popular and educational technology, and interpret how they have affected society, schools, teachers, and students. From the perspective of preparing students to be critical consumers of information and producers of knowledge in and out of the classroom, learners construct a historical timeline and discovery depicting shifts, trends, and issues in their own school/district.
Successful measures to manage the change process in educational reform are identified and applied to an appraisal of the timeline and discovery.
Ethical and legal practices, including those related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and adaptive and assisting services are explored and applied to the evaluation of school technology policy and procedure manuals and the development of a technology mission statement.
ED5023 Assessment Strategies
Embracing the value of assessment and evaluation is the first step in improving learner outcomes through data-driven decision-making. This course develops relevant competencies and promotes a healthy balance of utilizing formative and summative assessments, evaluation practices, and data to inform and guide integrated curriculum development and instructional delivery. Assessments can provide facilitators with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of diverse learners in a variety of school and organizational settings.
ET5053 Design of Learning Environments
Learners apply theories of learning psychology, and models and principles of instructional design to the design of instruction and development of learning environments. Specifically, learners will analyze learning environments, learners, and learning tasks; identify and describe learning goals, objectives, and assessments; determine instructional strategies and appropriate learning and instructional materials; and design formative and summative evaluations. These tasks will be completed in the process of developing, simultaneously, a curricular unit for classroom and electronic distance learning environments. Learners will also explore current technology trends and issues as they apply to the instructional design process.
Digital Learning and Teaching Track
DL5013 The Digital Learner
This course examines the impact of technology on learning as well as how today’s student navigates a media-rich world. Topics include the human-computer interface, technology and the brain, diffusion of innovations, and connectivity through social media. The course considers trends and issues in educational technologies as well as research into the effects of technology on society.
This course uses a project-based approach in studying technology in education, best practices for classroom teachers, and strategies for professional development in light of emerging technologies. The course addresses 21st century standards for education, educators’ digital presence, cloud computing, and digital ethics.
This course draws from multiple disciplines to explore design and strategies for computer- and web-based learning. Special attention is paid to collaborative learning, interactivity, assessment, and best use of technology tools.