CAT 200-004: Computer Education Applications
Three (3) Undergraduate Credit Hour
Instructor: Chris Inman
Office Hours: By appointment
Office: 227 Graves Hall
Email: UAchris@aol.com (Email me at any time, either using my email address or
through our CAT 200 course in E-Learning.)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Rice
Office: 204 Wilson
Course Catalog Description including all Prerequisites
• Computer Applications in Education
• Includes Problem Solving using hardware and software
**SPECIAL NOTE: ALL Special Education and Kinesiology students are required to
purchase LiveText for this course. Students should purchase the Discovery Education
Streaming edition, either online at LiveText.com, or at the UA SupeStore.
Preparation of Professionals as Reflective Practitioners and Ethical Decision Makers:
Experiences in academic programs are devoted to developing individuals'
understanding of knowledge construction, learning, pedagogy, and responsible
professional practice in the contexts of education. The University of Alabama's
College of Education seeks to prepare professionals who value and demonstrate
reflective practice and ethical decision making through respecting diversity, honoring
difference, and promoting social justice.
This course is the second course of the CAT sequence. In this course, students will
gain cognitive knowledge of advanced applications of current and emerging
instructional technologies in a variety of settings and in the context of various fields
of study and job environments.
Throughout the course students are asked to reflect on their beliefs about technology
in teaching, participate in authentic learning tasks, develop instructional materials for
classroom use, and critically examine their work.
• The instructor is available during class and by appointment.
• Students are expected to spend sufficient time in and out of class to achieve
the stated outcomes.
• Students may work in the computer lab during their assigned application
(class) time in Graves Hall 109 or outside of class time where space allows.
• No cell phone use is permitted. Please go into the hall to use your phone.
• No food or drink allowed in the classroom.
• There is a 20 page per day printing limit.
• Graves Hall 109 is an Open Lab, meaning that any student from any college
on campus may work in the computer lab.
• The Lab Assistants in the computer labs are there only to provide technical
• Check the schedules outside the computer labs to see when the labs are
• This course is based on several important assumptions, including that the
student will be expected to:
o complete all competencies to complete this class.
o assume personal responsibility for completing the
Information/Instructions/Reading required for each topic to acquire the
knowledge and/or skills covered in the topic.
o have mastered the basic use of computers and have a general working
knowledge of hardware and operating systems
o have mastered the basic skills associated with tool software
o accept responsibility for acquiring assumed skills if, for some reason,
prerequisite experience didn't include basic skills
Course Objectives and Student Outcomes Course objectives are designed to further
prepare tomorrow's professionals to use technology in their chosen careers
professionally and efficiently and to enhance teaching and learning. The objectives
are aligned with the International Society of Technology in Education's (ISTE),
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and NCATE.
NETS/ALSDE Technology Standards:
• Strategies to identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance available within
the school and district . .42(4)d(1)i
• Available and emerging technologies that support the learning of all students.QTS(3)(c)4.(i)
• The Wide range of technologies that support and enhance instruction, including classroom and
school resources as well as distance learning and online learning opportunities(QTS(3)(c)4.(ii)
• Strategies for developing and implementing a classroom management plan to ensure equitable and
effective student access to available technology resources .42(4)d(1)iii
• Safe, responsible, legal and ethical uses of technologies including fair-use and
copyright guidelines .42(4)d(1)iv;QTS(5)(c)5.(ii)
• Characteristics of appropriate and effective learner-centered lessons and units that
integrate technology .42(4)d(1)v
• Technology tools for instruction, student assessment, management, reporting
purposes, and communication with parents/guardians of students including but not
limited to word processing, databases, spreadsheets, graphics programs, internet,
and email .42(4)d(1)vi
• How to facilitate students' individual and collaborative use of technologies to
locate, collect, create, produce, communicate, and present information .
• The variety and application of technologies that are sensitive to diversity, learning
styles and special needs of all students .42(4)d(1)viii
• Processes and criteria for evaluating students' technology proficiency and
students' technology based products within content area learning .42(4)d(1)ix
• The resources for enhancing professional growth using technology .42(4)d(1)x
• Media communication technologies to enrich learning opportunities QTS(3)(c)1.
• Identify and evaluate technology resources and technical assistance . 42(4)d(2)i
• Assess advantages and limitations of current and emerging technologies, on-line
resources and software to facilitate teaching and student learning . 42(4)d(2)ii
• Use technology to enhance professional growth . 42(4)d(2)x
• have knowledge of how to encourage use of technology as a learning tool
• identify the benefits of technology to maximize learning and facilitate higher
order thinking skills
• demonstrate the ability to use a variety of current materials, technologies,
• demonstrate a sound understanding of productivity and communication
software and be proficient in required use to enhance learning, increase
productivity, and promote creativity
• identify available technology resources and analyze how accessibility to those
resources affects planning for technology use and instruction
• understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology
• practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software
• use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers,
experts, and other audiences
• design technology-enriched learning activities that connect content standards
with student technology standards and meet the diverse needs of students
• use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas
effectively to multiple audiences
• demonstrate the ability to select appropriate reading and research materials
from sources like the Alabama Virtual Library and traditional Internet sites
based on the students' interests, abilities, and grade levels
• demonstrate the ability to use Microsoft Word, Power Point, and other
applications to prepare resumes, classroom papers, lesson plans/training,
resources, and other assigned work
Course Texts and Readings
Lever-Duffy, J., McDonald, J.B., & Mizell, A.P. (2005).Teaching and Learning with
Technology (3rd Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.( ISBN: 0-205-43048-1)
**SPECIAL NOTE: ALL Special Education and Kinesiology students are required to
purchase LiveText for this course.
Assignments, Related Requirements, and Due Dates
NOTE: All assignments/products are to be submitted via Elearning Mail and or the
Submit Assignments tool unless otherwise indicated. Select Due Dates to refer to
submission of assignments.
Late Work Submission Policy
If an assignment is submitted the day after the due date, 5 points will be deducted. If an
assignment is submitted 2 days after the due day, 10 points will be deducted. After 2
days, no late assignments will be accepted without a valid excuse (illness, family illness,
family emergency, etc.). The same rule applies to quizzes.
During the semester, students will take 6 online, timed quizzes. Each quiz covers a
specific chapter of your textbook (Example: Quiz 1 covers Chapter 1 of your textbook),
however some questions from other chapters may also appear. Your lowest quiz score
will be dropped.
You must attend class on the dates specified in the Class Meetings section of this course.
Points (20 points) are given per attendance.
The instructor will send email messages to the class. The instructor expects the
students to use the Discussion Board to communicate with classmates concerning
questions, issues and comments about assignments in this course.
• Use your elearning Mail account to communicate with the instructor and your
Submit assignments via the Attach files tool or via elearning Mail.
• Keep a copy of every assignment submitted, in case the instructor has a
problem receiving or opening a message or attachment.
• You may be required to resubmit an assignment, so keep copies of all
All assignments/products are due by 11:30 pm on the due date in the course
calendar. Points will be deducted for assignments submitted after the due date.
If you are unable to complete the assignment/product because of illness, provide a
doctor's excuse to request an extension. If you have extenuating circumstances
other than illness, contact me to discuss your circumstances; extensions will be
made on an individual case-by-case basis at the discretion of the professor.
Written Assignments: All materials for the course should be carefully prepared,
processed, and proofread. APA style should be followed (refer to the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Ed.).
• The final grade will be based upon completion of all activities outlined below.
See possible accumulation of 1170 points below:
• Assignment 1a
• Assignment 1b
• Quiz 1: Chapter
• Assignment 3:
Instruction and • 75
• Quiz 2: Chapter
• Assignment 4: • 150
• Quiz 3: Chapter
• Assignment 5: • 200
• Quiz 4: Chapter
• Assignment 6:
Resource • 75
• Quiz 5: Chapter
7:Virtual Field • 150
• Quiz 6: Chapter
• Assignment 8:
Ethical, Legal, & • 175
• Attendance • 80 (20 per
• Total: • 1170
• Letter grades assigned on the standard scale according to how many points
accumulated during this course:
A+ =100 - 97% A = 96 - 93% A- = 92 - 90%
(1170 - 1135 pts.) (1134 - 1088 pts) (1087 - 1053 pts.)
B = 86 - 83%
B+ = 89 - 87% B- = 82 - 80%
(1017 - 971
(1052 - 1018 pts.) (970 - 936 pts.)
C+ = 79 - 77% C = 76 - 73% C- = 72 - 70%
(935 - 901 pts.) (900- 854 pts.) (853 - 819 pts.)
D+ = 69 - 67% D = 66 - 63% D- = 62 - 60%
(818 - 784 pts.) ( 783 - 737 pts.) (736 - 702 pts.)
• All coursework must be submitted before or by the due date.
• If a grade of "F" is earned in a required course, the student must repeat the
course and earn a passing grade in order to receive credit that will be applied
to the requirements for the degree. Grades of "I" ("Incomplete") must be
removed within 12 months of the end of the term in which they were awarded
but prior to the student's graduation, or the grade of "I" will be changed to
"F." The "I" may not be used as a means to re-enroll in a course during a
subsequent semester. A grade of "I" may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite
Attendance is required for first group meeting and specific dates assigned by your
instructor. You are given points for attendance and should not miss scheduled class
meetings. However, other meeting times are optional.
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
Academic misconduct by students includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically
related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy
to help, another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty
includes, but is not limited to, each of the following acts when performed in any type
of academic or academically related matter, exercise, or activity. See Honor Code
Policy for further information.
• Cheating--using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information,
study aids, or computer-related information.
• Plagiarism--representing the words, data, pictures, figures, works, ideas,
computer program or output, or anything not generated in an authorized
fashion, as one's own.
• Fabrication--presenting as genuine any invented or falsified citation or
• Misrepresentation--falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of
documents or other materials related to academic matters, including
schedules, prerequisites, and transcripts.
All suspected incidences of academic misconduct, including plagiarism, must be
reported by the course instructor. Plagiarism is considered a serious act of academic
misconduct and may result in a student receiving an F in the course and suspension
from the University. For more information, see
I. Policy on Academic Misconduct
All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. The University's
Academic Conduct Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.
II. Statement of Equal Treatment and Disabilities
The instructors and students in this course will act with integrity and strive to engage
in equitable verbal and nonverbal behavior with respect to differences arising from
age, gender, race, physical ability, and religious preferences.
If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an
appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss any course
accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability but have not
contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 205-354-5175 or visit Osband
Hall to register for services.