Issues & Trends in Learning Technologies – EDUC 730

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

Course Description

A study of technology practices as they impact the teaching and learning process in any context.  Specifically, this course will examine personal, professional and pedagogical engagement of technology; especially those technologies associated with digitally-based communication, collaboration, engagement, interactivity, problem-solving, as well as current trends and future perspectives.




Over the last few decades there has been an unmistakable increased interest and adoption of learning technologies for online and face-to-face learning environments. This course seeks to develop research-based understandings and awareness of trends and issues in the broad area of learning technologies to address that need. As part of the required components of the course, students explore learning technologies from a scholarly view point and develop instructional assets integrating technology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology.
    2. Synthesize concepts in the area of technology use for educational practice by critically engaging current literature.
    3. Develop an integrated technology project for the student’s unique context.
    4. Develop a hybrid learning environment engaging learners using online and face to face based tools and methods.
    5. Use emerging technologies in professional and pedagogical practice.
    6. Demonstrate familiarity with ethical practices as related to technology

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

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, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 research articles. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLO: A, B, F)

Reflective Blogs (4)

The candidate will be required to maintain a Blog about weekly activities and broad issues brought up in course content. Each Blog must be at least 200 words and must answer the questions provided in the prompt. (MLO: A, B, F)

Technology Project: Analysis Phase

The candidate will, as part of a four phase project, identify an area of inefficiency in any organizational context.  This identified inefficiency or issue will become the catalyst for the Technology Project.  The Analysis Phase will include researching scholarly and professional literature, proposing solutions to the inefficiency and determining measurable outcomes.  (MLO: A, C, E, F)

Technology Project Instructional Presentation Phase

This is phase two of the four part phase of the Technology Project. The candidate will develop an instructional presentation that is between 3 and 5 minutes that will be used to train participants within the Technology Project Implementation Phase. The presentation must be uploaded to a location that can be shared.  The candidate will complete the Technology Project Instructional Presentation Template after creating the presentation.  The candidate will be required to create two instructional presentations for the final phase of the Technology Project Implementation Phase.  This assignment will provide the candidate will feedback and direction prior to the final phase.  (MLO: A, E, F)

Technology Project Planning Phase

The candidate will continue into the third phase of the four phase project by developing a plan to address the identified problem in phase one.  Candidates will complete the Technology Project Planning Phase Template and create at least one of the two required assessments for this review during this assignment.  Both assessments will be required in the final phase Technology Project Implementation Phase.  This assignment will permit the candidate to receive feedback prior to the final submission.  (MLO: A, B, F)

Technology Project Implementation Phase

In the final phase of the Technology Project, the candidate will develop a completed online training to address an identified inefficiency or issue observed in a professional setting.  The candidate must include at least two personally created instructional presentations that are between 3 and 5 minutes and two assessments.  Candidates will select a hosting environment to build the training.  All elements of this project must be online.  (MLO: A, C, F)

Hybrid Learning Environment

The candidate will develop a hybrid learning environment for any type of learning context (traditional K12, higher education, field based learning, corporate, governmental, non-profit, etc.) that integrates online and face-to-face instructional materials and activities. (MLO: A, D,  E, F)