Classrooms and educational spaces of the 21st century are filled with rich educational technology. Teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators need to examine how these tools change pedagogy, curriculum, and policy. The Certificate in Educational Technology is designed for a range of professionals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills for using technology to support teaching and learning. This certificate allows participants to individualize the course sequence to create a meaningful, in-depth examination of the role of technology in teaching and learning. Completion of this certificate requires four courses including EDU, and three other courses from this list.
EDU 572 Technology as a Change Agent (Required)
Many teachers with expertise in educational technology are relied upon to take leadership positions with technology integration/advocacy, professional development, grant writing, technology purchasing, etc. However, they seldom have expertise in how to be leaders and agents for change at the organizational level. Every school and situation is different, and there are no “silver bullets” or one-size-fits-all lists of rules, but knowing the right questions to ask can mean the difference between effective leadership and frustration.
Three other UMF courses chosen from the following list:
EDU 513 New Media and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom
This course will focus on how new media can be used to support student learning in the language arts classroom. Students will examine current and historical practices in the language arts classroom, and explore how these practices might shift with the arrival of new tools. Students will be asked to think critically about how and when new media should be used to support students. Particular focus will be given to the best practices in early elementary classrooms and the unique challenges and opportunities of working with this population in the digital age.
EDU 534 Redefining Literacy: Living and Learning in Online Environments
Today the term “literacy” no longer refers exclusively to the reading and writing of printed texts. Scholars, educators, and professionals recognize the importance of digital literacy to citizenship, education, information-sharing, and community-building. In response, this course will help deepen student’s understanding of a variety of digital writing technologies and to consider the ways in which our perceptions of self and others are mediated through these and other technologies. Over the course of the semester, students will craft and manage a digital identity at the same time that they learn about and experiment with a variety of web-based tools such as blogs, social networking sites, and micro-blogging applications. We will discuss the benefits and risks associated with digital foot-printing and will discuss the importance of self-literacy in a digital culture, particularly as it pertains to managing an online identity. We will also explore the impact that evolving Internet technologies hold for the processes of reading and writing, identity construction, and community-building, as well as the extent to which we as educators must pay attention to these processes in order to stay relevant in an increasingly multimodal society.
EDU 546 Online Teaching and Learning: An Overview
How do teachers who excel in the classroom learn to translate that expertise into an online course that serves their students? What works well in online learning? This course offers an overview of online learning: its history, current status and future progress. Participants will also receive an introduction to learning theories and be introduced to different types of online teaching course design and educational technologies. Using case studies and a historical perspective of the evolution of online teaching, students will understand the challenges and advantages of establishing a distance learning course or program. The course will discuss course design, development, implementation and evaluation and the concept of building community.
EDU 547 Instructional Design for Online Course Development
This course presents an overview of curriculum development & an introduction to instructional design for online courses. Participants will learn to design & evaluate curriculum, develop instructional materials, assess student learning & measure instructional outcomes for use in online classes. Topics include preparation of course outlines & syllabi, development of lessons plans, design of evaluation instruments and an explanation of how learning objectives & evaluation strategies affect the selection of content and materials.
EDU 548 Encouraging Online Communication and Community to Support Learning
There are many free web tools available to educators and administrators who wish to foster community and communication on the web while increasing work efficiency. This course is based on theoretical frameworks for communication, collaboration, and cognition. Course participants will develop knowledge and skills of using asynchronous communication technologies, social networking applications, and online community development tools. The course will allow participants to explore social presence on the web, develop strategies to encourage participation, conflict resolution, netiquette, and collaborative learning. The course will be conducted through problem solving scenarios, simulations, and online discussions using a variety of web applications and frameworks. By the end of the course, students should have created a personally or professionally meaningful community to facilitate learning, peer support, or professional development.
EDU 568 Communication Tools for Teaching and Learning in Proficiency-Based Education
The goal of this course is to develop student-centered learning through technology integration and proficiency-based approaches. Themes include: using technology effectively in the classroom to promote 21st century skills; identifying ways students and teachers can use technology to enhance learning through research, communication, collaboration, and productivity strategies and tools; providing hands-on learning and the creation of curricular units and assessments, which address state and national academic and technology standards; facilitating student-centered classrooms that encourage student self-direction and higher-order thinking.
EDU 569 Data and Information Tools for Teaching and Learning
Information Tools are technologies that allow humans to collect, organize, analyze and utilize information. These tools include, but are not limited to: databases, semantic networks (concept maps), spreadsheets, expert systems, microworlds, search tools, visualization tools, hypermedia, and geographic information systems. In this course, participants will explore the purpose, function, and usage of some of these tools, the philosophy and research behind their design and usage, as well as how information tools can best be utilized and assessed in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.
EDU 571 Learning and Innovating with Digital Storytelling
This course explores the development of digital media, the instructional design process and how to integrate these tools with the teaching of media literacy. Participants examine the way that media (video, audio, images, etc.) can be used to enhance learning and develop the skills necessary to design, produce and evaluate the use of digital media in the classroom.
SED 505 Achieving High Standards with Universal Design and Assistive Technology
This course introduces students to the concept of universal design (UD) and technologies that provide educators with powerful ways to create flexible methods and materials to reach diverse learners. We’ll begin by exploring UD for professional productivity and then look at the use of UD for teaching and learning. Course participants also will investigate the use of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for children with disabilities. A range of technology will be examined from “low tech” devices that are inexpensive or easily modified to “high tech” devices that are expensive and may be available on loan from specialized companies. Evaluation approaches and determination of appropriate uses of assistive technology will be discussed. Methods and strategies for infusing assistive technology within infant/toddler playgroups, preschool, elementary, and secondary programs will be stressed. (Course participants will select the age group on which they wish to focus.) Each person is expected to bring previous professional knowledge and experiences regarding standards, practices, and instructional strategies.