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EDUC 438/638: Learning Technologies Across the Curriculum

The purpose of this course is to help students develop a deep understanding of technology integration across the K-20 curriculum. Specifically, the course intends to build an understanding of how technology can support active and constructive learning in the classroom and the types of knowledge required for effective technology integration.

The course focuses on digital technologies that help learners explore, create and discover. It addresses contemporary issues around educational games, digital citizenship, app gap, design and computational thinking skills for the digital generation. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own technology-enhanced curriculum units or projects that could be applied in their own classrooms or workplaces. Six learning objectives guide the course design as follows:

  1. Students will develop a deep understanding of the role of technology in facilitating teaching and learning in K-20 settings.
  2. Students will be able to define the types of knowledge required for effective technology integration by teachers.
  3. Students will explore a variety of Learning Technologies that can be used to support student learning.
  4. Students will become familiar with current state and national educational technology standards.
  5. Students will become familiar with many of the leaders in the field of educational technology.
  6. Students will be able to design interdisciplinary technology-enhanced curriculum units that foster student learning.

In the sidebar is a list of the specific assignments and how much they count toward your grade in the course. Detailed explanations of these assignments appear below.

Assignment #1: Online Discussion Forum

Every student in this class is required to participate actively in the course discussion forum. To enter the discussion forum, log on to the course and choose the Discussions option. One of the first messages you write in the forum should respond to the Welcome message in which classmates introduce yourselves to one another. The discussion forum is an excellent place to network with your fellow students and form teams in which you can work together to create your projects. During the course, five "graded discussions" will appear in your Canvas discussions menu. Follow this link to see the rubric that your instructor uses to grade your discussion posts. In order to earn all the points for the discussion assignment, you must be sure to:

Assignment #2: Presentation Topic

During the course of the semester you (individually or with a partner) will be responsible for presenting one of these Learning Environments (or one of your choice if approved by the instructor). New technologies become obsolete very quickly. The purpose of this activity is therefore twofold: First, it will enable you to enhance your skills by exploring a technology-enhanced learning environment or tool that you want to explore and maybe you haven't seen before. Second, it will help you develop your skills as instructor, trainer, or administrator. As you prepare for this activity, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

In response to the Presentation Topic assignment, please indicate which learning environment you would like to present, and give one or two preferred class dates when you would like to make your presentation. If you are taking the course online, you have the option of presenting remotely via the classroom videoconferencing stream, or you can come physically to class on the evening when you present. If you are presenting about a tool or an app, actually use it during your presentation so the attendees can experience it in action. If you are presenting about a quizzing tool, for example, actually use it to quiz your fellow classmates.

Assignment #3: Presentation Delivery

This is where your instructor will grade the presentation of your chosen learning environment. Your grade will be determined as follows:

If you are presenting about a tool or an app, actually use it during your presentation so the attendees can experience it in action. If you are presenting about a quizzing tool, for example, actually use it to quiz your fellow classmates.

Assignment #4: Final Project Idea

Submit a couple of paragraphs explaining your initial thinking about what your final project will be. For your Final Project you will work individually or in groups to design and develop one or more modules on a topic of strategic importance to the curriculum of your school or workplace that integrate types of learning technologies. The goal of the project is for you to demonstrate that you are capable of integrating technology & learning (school-based, workplace or informal learning) in an educationally sound manner. The final project needs to:

The final project progresses incrementally during the semester. In the Forums, for example, one of the graded discussions will prompt you to post one paragraph summarizing your idea for a final project. During that week, you must read and respond to at least one other student's idea.

Students in the EDTC Master's Program will be assessed using the Program Assessment Unit on Instructional Design described on page 22 of the EDTC Program Assessment Framework.

Assignment #5: Final Project Proposal

The project proposal is essentially a paper that summarizes your ideas for your final instructional program. Your paper should explicitly refer to the following points:

Limit your Project Proposal to 6 double-spaced pages.

Assignment #6: Final Project Submission

Final versions of design projects must be mounted on the Web for Dr. Fred to review and grade. Post the URL (if relevant) of your final project in Canvas or submit your final product (e.g., instructional design for M.Ed. students).

Assignment #7: Course Evaluation

Your final assignment in this course is to evaluate it. Toward the end of the course, you will receive an email from the School of Education sent to your udel.edu email address. This email tells you when the course evaluation window is open. You must log on to the course evaluation system within this window of time. The Web address of the course evaluation system is www.udel.edu/course-evals. After you complete the course evaluation, your instructor will give you credit for completing it. The responses you give are completely anonymous. While your instructor will be able to see the ratings and comments, it is impossible for your instructor to identify the person who gave a certain rating or made a given comment. Once you complete the evaluation, your grade on this assignment will be an automatic A.

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