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Educational Technology 650

EDET  650: The Web: New Contexts for Teaching and Learning

Prerequisite:  EDET 620

Credit Hours: (3) One-hour lecture; two hours laboratory
Presents specific strategies for using Internet Web resources to support effective instructional experiences.  A focus on the evaluation of existing web-based resources encourages students to think critically about the role of the Web in defining the following instructional variables: Context, Introduction, Information Presentation and Instructional Activities, Practice and Feedback, Review, Scaffolding, Collaboration and Social Network Support, Visual Design, Navigation, and General Usability.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Designed to provide teachers, teacher candidates, corporate training professionals, psychology graduate students, and other education professionals with opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills enabling them to incorporate Web resources into the design and evaluation of effective learning environments. The dynamic nature of the Web prohibits a specific listing of content as this will evolve as Web resources continually change. The instructor is responsible for providing instruction in the application of current resources. This class will also include discussion of critical diversity issues and techniques related to the Web to meet the needs of all learners.

The course will facilitate the development of a number of different Web -based solutions to instructional problems, including the use of wikis and shared documents in the work flow of complex projects, the development of video-based scaffolding, and the use of blogs and other technologies to establish online learning communities. The end product of the course for each student will be a collection of Web -supported learning environments that they create and make accessible through an online digital portfolio.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture & lab.  Lecture and Web exploration will prepare students to use a variety of Web tools, which they will then be required to practice with during hands on lab activities.  Such activities include developing customized syndicated news and information pages, creating interactive media presentations, editing video, audio and static image files within web-based environments, defining customizing video-based media delivery pages, defining social networking features within instruction websites, and developing entire websites using Web development and hosting tools.

Goals and Objectives of the Course  

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this course address the following NCATE Unit Standards:

NCATE Unit Standard 1c – Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge and Skills for Teacher Candidates;
NCATE Unit Standard 1d – Student learning for teacher candidates

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this course address the following National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers (NETS-T):

NETS-T 1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers:

o    NETS-T 1a. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
o    NETS-T 1b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources
o    NETS-T 1c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes
o    NETS-T 1d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments
NETS-T 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments. Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions identified in the NETS•S. Teachers:
o    NETS-T 2a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity
o    NETS-T 2d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this course address the following Virginia Department of Education Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIPs):
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30a. Instructional personnel shall be able to demonstrate effective use of a computer system and utilize computer software.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30b. Instructional personnel shall be able to apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30c. Instructional personnel shall be able to apply computer productivity tools for professional use.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30d. Instructional personnel shall be able to use electronic technologies to access and exchange information.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30e. Instructional personnel shall be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and use appropriate instructional hardware and software to support Virginia’s Standards of Learning and other instructional objectives.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30f. Instructional personnel shall be able to use educational technologies for data collection, information management, problem solving, decision- making, communication, and presentation within the curriculum.
•    VAC TSIP 20-25-30g. Instructional personnel shall be able to plan and implement lessons and strategies that integrate technology to meet the diverse needs of learners in a variety of educational settings.

Having successfully completed this course, the student will develop the following skills, knowledge and dispositions:  

•    Define the characteristics of Web  environments (NCATE Unit Standards 1c; VAC TSIP 30b)

•    Use Web technologies to define the following types of instructional contexts: Real/Simulation, Reference Exploration, Information Treasure & Scavenger Hunts, Situation Exploration, Case-Based, Story, Creation, Research Problems, PBL, WebQuests, Games, Storytelling, Discussions & Questioning, "Big Picture" Concept Mapping. (NCATE Unit Standards 1c; NETS-T 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2d; VAC TSIP 20-25-30a-e)

•    Evaluate how Web technologies could be used to facilitate effective instructional introductions, practice/feedback, and reviews. (NCATE Unit Standards 1c; NETS-T 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2d; VAC TSIP 20-25-30a-e)

•    Develop the following types of instructional scaffolds using Web technologies to support specific technology-supported learning environments: Procedural [Functional], Process, Conceptual, Metacognitive: Planning, Metacognitive: Regulating, Metacognitive: Evaluating, Strategic, Interpersonal. (NCATE Unit Standards 1c; NETS-T 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2a, 2d; VAC TSIP 20-25-30a-e)

•    Design, implement and evaluate strategies for facilitating effective social networking and collaboration strategies within Web environments. (NCATE Unit Standards 1c; NETS-T 1b, 1c; VAC TSIP 20-25-30a-g)

Assessment Measures

Students may be assessed using the following measurements:
•    Written exam assessing content knowledge associated with Webcharacteristics.
•    Case studies involving the evaluation of web-supported instruction.
•     In-depth development project involving the creation of Web -supported instructional solutions.
•    Digital portfolio artifact evaluation associated with Web development projects, evaluated using NCATE-aligned assessment rubrics.

Other Course Information

Students enrolled in this course will be expected to possess advanced computer skills as well as background knowledge in instructional design and development.

Review and Approval
Approved:  April, 2010