Trends and Issues in Educational Technology – EDUC 639

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

Trends and Issues examines current trends in the research area of educational technology, having students engage literature to understand theoretical underpinnings of the field, current research projects in effect, and future trends as technology in learning evolves as a practice and as a research interest. The course uses foundational concepts of learning in the fields of psychology, sociology and educational research to understand critical implications of the current body of literature.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Leaders tasked with managing and designing learning using educational technology must critically engage the current literature in this rapidly evolving field of study. The accepted practice of leaders in this field must be understanding theoretical underpinnings while looking at the research process and, eventually, practical implications. This course seeks to finalize the candidate’s experience in this program by focusing on these very skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Using current and emerging technologies, gain familiarity and interact with peers and the instructor as to create a sense of community in the online learning environment (ISTE standard: TL-I-B.1).
  2. Participate in software skills training to further knowledge and skills of current and emerging technologies (ISTE standards: TL-I-B.1; TF-I-B.1).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of current and emerging technologies (ISTE standards: TL-I-B.1; TF-I-B.1).
  4. Review, critically evaluate, and discuss current distance education and educational technology research (ISTE standards: TL-VIII-A.1; TF-III-E.2; TF-VIII-A.1; TL-II-B.1; TL-III-E.2; TL-V-B.1; TL-VIII-A.1).
  5. Apply current research on distance education and educational technology to learning environments and to professional development opportunities (ISTE standards: TL-VIII-A.1; TF-II-B.1; TL-II-B.1; TL-III-E.2; TL-VIII-A.1).
  6. Recognize and discuss the ethical, legal, and theological issues related to distance education and educational technology (ISTE standard: TL-V-B.1).
  7. Write a literature review demonstrating scholarly writing skills including acumen, clarity, and conciseness on a current trend or issue in educational technology or distance education (ISTE standards: TL-VIII-A.1; TF-III-E.2; TF-VIII-A.1; TL-II-B.1; TL-III-E.2; TL-V-B.1; TL-VIII-A.1).
  8. Develop a research prospectus to investigate a problem that is applicable to educational technology or distance education (ISTE standards: TL-VIII-A.1; TF-II-B.1; TL-II-B.1; TL-III-E.2; TL-VIII-A.1).
  9. Participate in a professional organization to facilitate professional growth and development in the disciple and to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies (ISTE standard: TL-I-B.1).
  10. Develop an e-portfolio demonstrating knowledge and skills essential to the educational technology discipline (ISTE standards: TL-I-B.1; TF-I-B.1).

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, presentations, articles, websites, and additional readings

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Blogs (6)

The candidate will be given blog topics to provide the opportunity to reflect upon, process, and extend the readings and course content. The candidate will complete 5 blog. Each blog will be completed in 2 parts: the candidate will submit a blog entry (via video) to his or her personal blog and then comment on the blog entries of least 2 of his or her peers. The candidate is required to respond to comments submitted on personal blogs. (MLO: A, C, D)

Professional Affiliation Membership

The candidate will present evidence of active candidate membership in ISTE, AACE, AECT, or an approved equivalent. (MLO: I)

Interview

The candidate will conduct an interview to learn more about the role of a professional in the field of educational technology or distance education, how the professional identifies current trends and issues in the field, and what ethical and legal considerations the professional often needs to consider in the field. (MLO: D, E)

Webibliography

The candidate will summarize and critically evaluate 4 peer-reviewed journal articles and 1 book of choice related to current trends and issues in educational technology or distance education. (MLO: C, D, E, G)

Wiki Literature Review

The candidate will collaboratively develop a literature review that synthesizes—not simply summarizes—a topic related to educational technology or distance education. The literature review must be 15–30 pages, appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and written in current APA format. Throughout the course, the candidate will be required to submit work that contributes to this literature review. The Wiki Literature Review will be completed in 2 separately graded parts: the Wiki Literature Review Proposal and the Wiki Literature Review. Prior to final submission, the candidate must have a peer in the course review his or her manuscript and provide structured feedback using the editing checklist. An alternative to having a peer edit the manuscript is to have the manuscript edited by the Liberty University Online Writing Center. In addition to the submission of the literature review, the candidate will submit 5 self-created final exam questions about the content contained within his or her Wiki Literature Review. (MLO: A, C, D, E, G)

Professional Development Submission

The candidate will submit his or her literature review for publication in a referred scholarly journal or use the content of the literature review to submit a presentation at a professional conference. The candidate will submit all items necessary for submission at the chosen submission location. (MLO: C, G)

Research Prospectus

The candidate will develop a research prospectus outlining a quantitative or qualitative research study that will address an educational technology or distance education problem. (MLO: C, H)

Wiki Final Exam

The candidate will develop final exam questions based on his or her Wiki Literature Review. The candidate will be responsible for reading the Wiki Literature Reviews of at least 3 of his or her peers and answering the 5 final exam questions provided for each literature review. (MLO: A, C, D, E, G)

Media Artifact

The candidate will submit evidence of 2 new software skills developed during the Educational Technology program. This may include, but is not limited to, audio, video, 3D, graphic design, web design, mobile app, and interactive interface skills. (MLO: B, C)

e-Portfolio

The candidate will create his or her professional e-Portfolio as the culminating project for the program and as a way to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program. The portfolio must be web- or mobile-based. (MLO: J)