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Course Descriptions

A tentative schedule is available for courses in the Instructional Technology Program.

53-535 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research

Emphasis is placed on teaching educators to become critical consumers of research in their fields. An introduction to basic statistical measures and research designs, this course explores a variety of research approaches. Students are required to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of research studies and discuss applications where appropriate. Projects relate to student area of academic interest. (NETS-TL- II.B, IV.A-C, VI.B-E, VIII-A)


52-575 Practical Research for Learning Community

This course provides an overview of principles of research and the history and practice of research in educational settings as a tool for leadership and change. The candidate selects a topic that addresses an issue or concern affecting the learning community or educational professional. Through examination, participation, and application, the graduate candidate will develop a research proposal project that will reflect his or her understanding of how research can be applied in school settings for the improvement of educational practices and processes.(NETS-TL- II.B, IV.A-C, VI.B-E, VIII-A)

51-557 Curriculum and Instruction

This course is designed to be a comprehensive study of the process of curriculum development that leads to effective classroom instruction. It is intended to be a basic introduction into the nature of curriculum planning and its relationship to classroom implementation. This course is comprehensive in its treatment, presenting models of the process of planning, analyzing, evaluating and implementing, while at the same time emphasizing curricular theories and practices from a historical perspective. (NETS-TL- II.D, II.E, VI.A, VIII-A-B)

53-514 Integrating Technology for Teaching and Learning – I

This course provides practical guides for students to learn how to use Microsoft software such as Word and PowerPoint effectively in the classroom. Students develop hands-on projects and technology based lesson plans demonstrating how they integrate MS-Office tools into their curriculum. Students have the opportunity to learn basic skills with different operating systems, platforms, and resources available to teachers. (NETS-TL-I.A, II.A, II.C, III.A-E)

53-524 Integrating Technology for Teaching and Learning –II

This course continues the exploration of technology in the classroom with a focus on MS-Office, particularly Excel and Access, in the standards-based curriculum. Students will learn how to design technology-integrated projects that help learners meet specific curricular standards. They will explore the use of technology in instruction and assessment, and learn hoe to utilize technology in classroom settings with limited resources, varying skill levels, and differentiated instruction. (NETS-TL-I.A, II.A, III.A-E)

53-530 Instructional/Multimedia Design and Development

This course covers the various theories of learning and how the concepts and principles of each theory apply to the use of instructional technology. Students explore the major instructional models and key components in instructional design and demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of theories of learning and instructional design. Students design and develop a computer-based instructional project to improve learning and teaching in a PK-12 environment. (NETS-TL- II.A, II.F, V.C, VI.A, VIII-A)

53-531 Interactive Graphics

This course introduces visual design theory and practice, in a context of producing instructional and multimedia presentations. This course focuses on the mechanics of multimedia authoring and demonstrating how advanced authoring can be used to enhance instruction. Students learn how to use graphic software tools to design and create graphics, icons, and metaphoric images in authoring computer-based instruction. (NETS-TL-V.C, VI.A)

53-532 Web Design and Development

This course gives an overview of relevant theoretical perspectives as well as the hands-on experience to develop interactive web-based multimedia. Students understand basic Internet concepts, and practical knowledge of the coding schemes. Students explore a variety of web development tools that facilitate the integration of multimedia components and consider accessibility 9issues to support the needs of students with disabilities. (NETS-TL- II.F, V.C-D, VI.A, VIII-A)

53-534 Online Virtual Learning Technologies in Education

This course is designed to examine the concepts , technologies and issues related to the development and delivery of online and distance education. Topics include characteristics and uses of distance learning delivery systems including computer-mediated instruction, online teaching and learning platforms via the Internet, and video conferencing. Students study the varied skills required to plan, develop, and evaluate effective forms of distance education. (NETS-TL-I.B, V.C-D, VIII-A, VIII-E)

53-520 Technology Leadership and Staff Development

This course is designed for coordinators, administrators, and educational leaders in instructional technology. This course prepares students to become leaders of change beyond their classrooms in the field of technology and learning. Students will review technology plan and technology standards, consider how to develop grants and staff development, manage a technology budget and provide leadership and troubleshooting advice within their district. (NETS-TL-I.A, V.A-B, VII.A-C, VIII.C-D)

53-540 Seminar in Instructional Technology

Students examine social, ethical, legal and security issues, identify current trends, review research findings in instructional technology and discuss diffusion of technological innovations and reform efforts in schools. This course also provides a guide to refine the instructional projects developed in the graduate courses and requires submission of an electronic portfolio which will present evidence of student’s successful completion of the M.Ed. coursework in the Instructional Technology program. (NETS-TL-I.B, VII.A-C, VIII.C)

05-555 Selected Topics in Instructional Technology

This course is designed for individuals or small groups of students who have specific interests in developing web-based instructional materials with advanced technology tools. Students set specific learning goals in a selected design tool such as Flash or other web design software at the beginning of the semester and produce learning objects that can be used in their educational settings upon the completion of the course. This course gives students opportunities to develop the specific content to meet their own classroom/school needs in various levels, from basic animated drawings to interactive web sites. (NETS-TL- II.F, V.C-D, VI.A, VIII-A)

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