Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning – EDUC 631

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

Course Description

An introduction to the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations of educational technology and online learning systems; an overview of education technologies including online, classroom, and administrative; and an examination of effective techniques for teaching and learning within these systems.




Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning gives the candidate a well-rounded introduction into one of the fastest growing fields in school systems today. This course creates a solid foundation of historical precedence and theoretical framework in the field. Thus, it gives the student the foundational tools required to become a successful contributor in the field of Educational Technology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a professional development program emphasizing the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology use in the learning environment as well as managing student learning with technology through a mentorship model of support.
  2. Research, identify, and implement strategies related to professional development enabling the sustainability of technology use in the school learning environment encompassing school, district, and community representation.
  3. Analyze significant events in the history of technology in education with critical analyses of the current and future trends in the rapidly growing field.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Video Discussion Board Forums (7)

The candidate will complete 7 Video Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Each forum consists of a thread and a reply with the exception of the last forum, which requires no reply. The thread is the candidate’s response to the instructor’s prompt, and the reply is the candidate’s response to another candidate’s thread. The thread must be at least 250 words, and the replies must be at least 100 words each. Additionally, 1 of the 3 required posts for each Discussion Board Forum must be in video format. If the thread is video-based, it must be less than 2 minutes, and if 1 of the replies is video-based, it must be less than 1 minute.

Literature Review Annotated Bibliography

The candidate will submit an annotated bibliography in current APA format that includes at least 7 scholarly, peer-reviewed resources from Liberty’s online databases. Beneath each citation, the candidate must summarize the article in 1–2 paragraphs using his/her own words. The candidate must also include a brief description (2–5 sentences) of how he/she intends to use each reference in the final paper.

Distance Education Lesson

The candidate will develop a Distance Education Lesson that teaches a new technology skill. This lesson will be evaluated on effective objective development, technology integration, and assessment practices. The candidate will also present this lesson to the class using Blackboard and Camtasia (or other learning development software).

Literature Review Rough Draft

The candidate will submit a rough draft of his/her final paper to obtain feedback from the instructor.

Professional Affiliation

The candidate will present evidence of active student membership in ISTE, AECT, or a similar equivalent.

Literature Review Paper

The candidate will write a 12­–15-page Literature Review in Educational Technology professional development that specifically addresses current trends and issues in the field. The paper must include at least 7 references and adhere to current APA formatting.

Final Exam

The candidate will take a Final Exam. It is a 1–2-page essay that will require the candidate to discuss his/her philosophy of technology in education.