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Course Description

EDUC 818: Educational Technology Foundations

This course is a practicum that focuses on the following topics related to planning and using educational technology: instructional technology models; Internet resources; Web design; networking and database fundamentals; educational technology standards; technology integration strategies; assessment and evaluation; societal, legal and ethical issues; and collaborative planning of technology programs.

Course Modules

This course is organized into a series of modules that are presented to you via the Web. The modules are attached to a collabsible menu that organizes the modules in roughly the same order in which they will be discussed in class. You need not complete these modules in this prescribed order, however. Rather, you can work through the course at your own pace, skipping modules that do not interest you, and spending more time on those that do.

Team Approach

In this course, participants may form teams according to their chosen field. Informed by assigned readings and class discussions, each team defines what "educational technology" means within the context of the team's field. Based upon this definition, each team creates or adopts an appropriate set of educational technology standards and presents them for critique and discussion by the entire class. Then the team creates an ePortfolio website structured around these standards. The purpose of the website is for the team to define the meaning of "educational technology" in the team's school or workplace, list the standards that the team has adopted, and reflect on the extent to which they are being met. The members of the team chronicle their ePortfolio contributions in a log that is used for grading purposes.

Assignments

Your grade in this course will be based on your performance on a series of assignments that appear on this online syllabus. At any time, you can view the assignments. This list of assignments provides you with a snapshot of what you need to do in this course. All the rest is optional. It is totally up to you how much of the other material you will want to complete. Your instructor will help guide you, depending on the topics you choose to pursue.

Grading

You will receive grades on three kinds of activities. First, there are communication assignments that involve you in online discussions with your fellow classmates and your instructor. Second, you will make a presentation during class on one of these prescribed presentation topics or another relevant topic approved by your professor. Third, you will create an ePortfolio Web site. These three parts of the course each constitute a third of your final grade.

Flexibility

The key word in this course is flexible. As you work through the modules in this course, many educational technology techniques and approaches will be presented. No one would have time to study all of these materials in depth in one course. Do not feel overwhelmed, therefore, if it seems like there is a lot of material here. There is, but the purpose is to enable you to pick and choose the tools and techniques most useful to your project's goals.