Technology and Diversity – EDUC 629

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the nature of individual learners as it impacts instructional design with the use of technology in education. Specifically, the course covers topics on tools, methods and approaches to meet learning needs of children with special learning, those of differing socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, and those of varying learning styles and preferences. The course attempts to bridge the gap between theoretical implications and practical applications of diversity considerations in the context of educational technology integration. 



Registration Restrictions

Background Check Receipt


Leaders focusing on educational technology design and management must be aware of the changing demographic landscape of education today. Students from rich, diverse backgrounds—in culture, socioeconomic status, learning ability, and learning preference—reveal the need for efforts in developing effective means for planning individual learning experiences. Issues of awareness, design, and effective application and implementation become important in this light. This course focuses on these very issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Design technology-enhanced learning opportunities, in consideration of the diverse needs of each student, to include adaptive and assistive technologies.
  2. Develop plans for improving institution-wide awareness of the effective means of engaging each student from a diverse background, using technology-enhanced learning practices.
  3. Communicate research on best practices related to applying appropriate technological resources to affirm equitable access to learning in consideration of diversity and address cultural and linguistic differences.
  4. Apply knowledge of effective instructional design through technologies to develop appropriate pedagogy that empowers learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and contain at least 1 reference cited in current APA format. At the end of each thread, a reference list in current APA format must be included, as well. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and contain at least 1 reference to the course material in current APA format. (MLO: C, D)

Professional Affiliation

The candidate will present his/her desire for active membership in the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), the AECT (Association for Educational Communications & Technology), or an approved organization equivalent. The candidate will write a 1-page-minimum summary in current APA format explaining why the professional affiliation was selected and provide an overview of its purpose and relevancy to the field of instructional technology. (MLO: C, D)

Principles for Instructional Design and Technology

For this assignment, the candidate will provide a summary of the International Standards for Technology Educators (ISTE), the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines, and the Technology Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework. The candidate must then provide an overview of each standard’s unique qualities, as well as an explanation of how they can be applied in the field of instructional design and technology. Overall, this assignment must be 2–3 pages. The goal of this assignment is to demonstrate an understanding of each of these standards and provide a foundation for how they will be applied through the candidate’s Technology Implementation Plan. (MLO: B, C, D)

Technology Implementation Plan (TIP)

In this series of assignments, the candidate will develop a technology integration plan for meeting diverse learning needs in an educational, professional, or training learning environment. This assignment will be completed in 5 parts and must follow the template provided within the course. The length requirements listed below in each section are only a required minimum and may be exceeded (Note: the TIP will be single-spaced). The entire plan must be at least 10 pages and use at least 5 sources cited in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

  1. Part 1 – Action Plan

The candidate will put together a 1–2-page action plan that outlines the vision, mission, goals, and major tasks involved in the project. The candidate must utilize the International Standards for Technology Educators (ISTE), the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines, and the Technology Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework to create this part of the TIP for diverse learners. The candidate will integrate Scripture and biblical principles into his/her vision, mission, and goals for the action plan. All citations must use current APA format.

  1. Part 2 – Needs Assessment

The candidate will create a 2–3-page paper in current APA format that provides a needs assessment for his/her local school, district, institution, or organization, considering cultural diversity, special needs, and the varying socioeconomic groups in the organization. To complete this assignment correctly, the candidate must use a SWOT analysis as an outline for his/her needs assessment.

  1. Part 3 – The Planning Process

The candidate will address each of the needs identified in Part 2, including changes necessary for the environment, engagement, application, and tools of the institution or organization. The candidate will interview—by email, in person, or by phone—either a stakeholder at his/her organizationInstructional Technologist, or a Technology Resource Teacher regarding his/her TIP for recommendations and best practices. The interview must contain 6–8 questions related to effective instructional technologies and/or items addressed in the overall TIP assignment. The candidate will submit a transcript of the interview as a separate Word document, and incorporate what was learned into a 3–4-page planning process paper. If sources are cited, current APA format must be used.

  1. Part 4 – Implementation

The candidate will submit a 2–3-page timetable, budget, and professional development plan for the TIP. The candidate will also create 2 lesson plans (1–2 pages each) showing how to integrate technology at the classroom level for each diverse group. The lesson plans must integrate biblical principles and address cultural diversity, special needs, and varying socioeconomic groups based upon ISTE, UDL, and TPCK standards.

  1. Part 5 – Executive Summary/Final Submission

The candidate will complete a provided template and describe in 1–2 pages how every goal has been met through the TIP. The candidate will also incorporate his/her instructor’s feedback for Parts 1–4 of the TIP. The candidate will submit the completed TIP and a reference page including at least 5 sources used in the writing of the overall plan, cited in current APA format.

Reflective Digital Presentation

The candidate will create a 6–8-slide PowerPoint, Prezi, or Keynote digital presentation that summarizes each part of the TIP and shows his/her integration of biblical principles throughout the project. The presentation must be accompanied by either a 5–8-minute narration or a 50-word script for each individual slide, as well as a reference slide at the end of the presentation. (MLO: B, C, D)