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522: Syllabus

  1. 1. SYLLABUS – Online Teaching For Adult Learners EDTECH 522, Section 4172 – Summer 2010Instructor: Dr. K. Diane HallContact Information Boise Email: khall1@boisestate.edu Home Phone: 806.655.8749 Personal Email: kdhall@amaonline.com Cell Phone: 806.433.5947 (call or text)Summer CourseKeep in mind that this course is condensed into an 8-week summer course. It is important to keep upwith reading, discussion board posts, and assignments. It will be a fast pace and very easy to fall behind.Keep a close eye on the Course Schedule for assignment and unit dates.Course DescriptionThis hands-on course explores the theory and practice of online teaching and learning with adults. It isgeared for educators wishing to conduct teaching and learning using Internet-based technologies.Emphasis is placed on understanding strengths and weaknesses of various online teaching tools,engaging the online learner, creating collaborative and interactive e-learning, and gaining practicalexperience teaching online.Course Text & MaterialsOrder through BSU Bookstore or online vendor, such as Amazon.com. Ensure quick shipping as you willneed texts at the beginning of class. 1. Tools for Successful Online Teaching Dawley, L. IGI Publishing (2007) ISBN: 978-1-59140-956-4 2. Teaching Online: A Practical Guide Ko, S. and Rossen, S. (2nd Edition) Taylor & Francis (2008) ISBN-13: 9780415996907 3. Additional readings, assigned by instructor, will be available online. 4. Students will need to have access to a webcam or digital camera that records video segments.Course Goals/ObjectivesParticipants will: 1
  2. 2.  Develop an online collaborative community with peers.  Learn basic models and theories of adult learning and clarify or begin to define a personal perspective.  Learn terminology and “best” (effective) practices of online teaching for adults.  Demonstrate an awareness of current trends, research, and standards in online teaching and learning.  Analyze the range of technologies available for online education and training, and identify key features and uses for distance learning.  Evaluate various online teaching and learning tools for potential use in their own instructional program.  Design online learning activities that successfully engage learners and are appropriate to their learners.  Gain real life experience teaching others online.  Successfully use administrative features of learning management systems.  Support the professional development of other educators in the area of online teaching.Course GradeYour final grade is calculated as follows:Assignment: Possible Points: Grading Scale:Reflective Blogs 200 A=900 to 1000Discussion Forum Participation 100 B=800 to 899Compare and Evaluate 2 Online Courses 100 C=700 to 799Rich Media Tutorial 300 D=600 to 699Design Mini-Course in Blackboard 300 F= Below 600Total Possible Points: 1000Major AssignmentsCompare and Evaluate 2 Online CoursesCompare and evaluate two different examples of online courses by conducting virtual classroom visits.Rich Media TutorialCreate a professional development tutorial for online teachers using rich media software.Design a Mini-Course in BlackboardDesign a mini-course using a trial version of Blackboard. This course will include lesson objectives,discussion board, assignments, and assessment/evaluation.Course Policies 2
  3. 3. Procedures – Follow the instructions contained in each Unit. Units are contained in the Assignmentssection area of Blackboard.Communication – Department policy - instructors will respond to emails and/or phone calls in a timelymanner – usually within 24 hours (weekdays, but may be longer on a weekend or with advance notice tostudents).Posting of Assignments – Department policy – major assignments will be posted at least one week inadvance of the assignment due date.Assignment Submissions - Assignments will be submitted through Boise State’s Blackboard LearningManagement System.Feedback/grades – Department policy – Students must be informed of their progress toward the finalcourse grade at regular intervals. Assignments will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructor withinone week after the posted assignment due date.Late assignments – late assignments may be reduced in grade by 10% for every day they are late. Special Circumstances – please let me know of any events/circumstances that may affect your ability to submit an assignment on time prior to the due date.Technical Difficulties – on occasion, you may experience problems with accessing Blackboard or classfiles located within Blackboard, with your Internet service, and/or other computer related problems. Domake the instructor aware if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework.BroncoMail - http://helpdesk.boisestate.edu/email/broncomail/Blackboard Assistance – blackboard@boisestate.eduAcademic Honesty – all students are required to abide by Boise State Universitys Student Code ofConduct on academic dishonesty. Assignments completed must be your original work and cannot beused in other courses in the EdTech program.Reasonable Accommodations - Any student who feels s/he may need accommodations based on theimpact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. You will also need tocontact the Disability Resource Center at 208-426-1583 located in the Administration Building, room 114to meet with a specialist and coordinate reasonable accommodations for any documented disability.Conceptual FrameworkCollege of Education - The Professional EducatorBoise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles anddispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents,and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effectiveapproaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments thatprepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflectivepractitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners. 3
  4. 4. Department of Educational Technology MissionThe Department of Educational Technology supports the study and practice of facilitating and improvinglearning of a diverse population by creating, using, managing, and evaluating appropriate technologicalprocesses and resources. Believing technology is a tool that enhances and expands the educationalenvironment, we promote the use of current and emergent technologies for teaching and learning in adynamic global society. Educational technologists are leaders and innovators, serving in institutions ofhigher education, public or private school settings, federal, state, or local educational agencies, andeducational organizations in the private sector.ISTE/NCATE Program Standards Addressed in this Course:TL-II.B. Apply current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learningenvironments and experiences. Candidates: 1. Locate and evaluate current research on teaching and learning with technology when planning learning environments and experiences.TL-II.C. Identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability.Candidates: 1. Identify technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability based on the content standards.TL-II.F. Identify and apply instructional design principles associated with the development of technologyresources. Candidates: 1. Identify and evaluate instructional design principles associated with the development of technology resources. 6. Evaluate methods and strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of distance learning systems appropriate in a school environment.TL-IV.A. Apply technology in assessing student learning of subject matter using a variety of assessmenttechniques. Candidates: Facilitate the development of a variety of techniques to use technology to assess student learning of subject matter.TL-IV.C. Apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students’ appropriate use of technologyresources for learning, communication, and productivity. Candidates: Design strategies and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity. 4