Foundations of Educational Technology and Online Learning – EDUC 631

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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. Analyze significant events in the history of educational technology with critical analyses of the current and future trends in the rapidly growing field.
  2. Identify the theoretical and philosophical foundations of educational technology and demonstrate how they apply to today’s learner.
  3. Design a learning environment that is engaging and meets the needs of diverse learners.
  4. Evaluate and implement emerging technologies based upon current practices and their role within a variety of learning environments.
  5. Evaluate emerging educational technology trends and their impact education today.
  6. Identify and practice Christ’s methods for teaching and leading others.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of how education systems must operate from a Biblical perspective.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Applying Historical Events and Theoretical Foundations Paper

The candidate will write a 3-6-page paper in current APA format discussing how the historical events, theoretical foundations, and Twenty-Five Key Principles of Learning from Cognitive Science apply to educational technology and online learning. The paper must include at least 6 references that are current (within 5 years) scholarly and peer-reviewed. (MLO: A, B)

Mini Course

This is a two-part assignment where the candidate will use a learning management system (LMS) to create a mini course for a chosen context and applies the theoretical foundations of educational technology and online learning, the Universal Design for Learning, SAMR Model, and ISTE Educator Designer Standards (5) to guide them as they create the course. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

 

Mini Course: LMS Selection

The candidate will write a 2-4-page paper where they choose an audience (K-12, higher education, adult learners from their work setting, or adult learners from the general population), topic, provide course objectives, choose an appropriate LMS, and rationale for the chosen LMS. The rationale must be 1-2 paragraphs long written in current APA format. The rationale must include at least 2 references that are current (within 5 years) scholarly and peer-reviewed. (MLO: C, D, E)

 

Mini Course: LMS Creation

The candidate will use an LMS to create a mini-course for either a K-12, higher education, adult learners from their work setting, or adult learners from the general population. The mini-course will consist of the following elements: an introduction page with instructor and course introduction that includes 3-5 clearly stated course objectives, activities that align with course objectives, at least one authentic learning activity, 2 content videos created by the student with one utilizing Edpuzzle quiz features, at least two links to other websites that support the topic, at least one printable handout, a discussion forum, and a 15-20 quiz that is scorable and created within the LMS. (MLO: B, C, D)

Evaluating Digital Content

The candidate will use the Quality Course Teaching & Instructional Practice Course Fundamentals OLC Quality Scorecard to evaluate either a lesson from CK-12 or a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Then, the candidate will write a 2-4-page reflection in current APA format explaining two strengths and two areas for improvement for the evaluated course. The student must support their claims with at least 4 current (within 5 years), peer-reviewed references.(MLO: D, E)

Applying the SAMR Model

For the first part of this assignment the candidate will write a 1-2-page paper in current APA format explaining why they believe integrating technology at a high level is important. The paper must include at least 3 current, peer-reviewed scholarly references to support their claims. Then, for the sect part of this assignment the candidate will choose a learning activity such as a writing assignment, book report, oral presentation, etc.… they have assigned or will assign to their students and explain how they could use technology to make the learning activity fall in the redefinition level of the SAMR Model. The candidate must explain why they believe this activity now falls into the redefinition stage of the SAMR Model by identifying the task or tasks that can now be accomplished that were previously not possible without integrating technology. (MLO: C, D)

Bridging the Gap Presentation

The candidate will create a 5-10-minute recorded presentation using a presentation tool such as PowerPoint, Sway, Google Docs, Prezi etc.…explaining how they will work with the different innovator adopters identified by Rogers (2003) from a Biblical perspective. They think about how Christ worked with these different types of adopters while He was here on Earth. (MLO: A, F, G)

3D Printing

The candidate will create an object on Tinkercad which is a free 3D printing software and upload the image to the course. The candidate will research locations in their community where they could print their 3D object, but printing the object is not required. Then, the candidate will research two 3D printers and compare their price, materials used to print, print resolution, print speed, and acceptable file format. After that, choose which 3D printer they would recommend buying. The candidate must provide at least 3 reasons why they believe the printer they chose is the better choice. Finally, the candidate will write a 1-2-page proposal in current APA format to an administrator recommending a specific (by name) 3D printer to purchase and explain how a 3D printer could be implemented into the curriculum. The proposal must include at least 2 current (within 5 years), peer-reviewed scholarly references as they explain how a 3D printer could be implemented into the curriculum. (MLO: A, D, E)

Reflection

The candidate will write a 3-5-page reflection paper in current APA format. The candidate will reflect on the current state of education with how well they believe students are being prepared for their future. You will need to provide at least one current (within 5 years) scholarly, peer reviewed reference to support your claim. Then, the candidate will reflect on what they are doing well as an educator to meet the needs of today’s learners and what you can do to improve to better meet the needs of today’s learners. Then, the candidate will need to provide a principle they will apply from this course they look to model how Christ met the needs of individuals. Finally, the candidate will discuss how they believe education will change in the next 5 years to better meet the needs of their students. You will need to provide at least one current (within 5 years) scholarly, peer reviewed reference to support their claim. (MLO: A, F)