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Master of Science in Education: Information Technology
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Core course descriptions

ED 611 Theories of Teaching and Learning (3) - Course applies key concepts, models and strategies related to different theories of learning including behaviorist, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. Examine epistemological frameworks, issues of transfer, social and cultural influences, as well as motivation and engagement to design powerful learning experiences. Learn key concepts, models and strategies related to language acquisition and to cognitive, social and emotional development.

ED 626 Instructional Design (3) - The application of the instructional design approach to preparation of multimedia instructional products. Be guided through development of instructional materials, including application of the ID approach to the preparation of computer assisted instruction.

ED 632 Cultural, Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3) - Examine issues of learning and culture from a variety of philosophical perspectives, linking practice to theory and ideology. Students will frame their teaching and learning experiences by examining the role of culture in schooling and lean ring, specifically addressing issues surrounding diversity and critical perspectives in education.

ED 633 Research and Writing (3) - Examine the traditions and theories of both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluate methods, findings, and implications of research studies. Produce and critique scholarly writing. Pre-requisite: ED 611.

LIB 680 Communication Theory (3) - Examine theoretical models of communication and their application to various technologies of communication (e.g., print, video, motion picture film, etc.) to enhance training and instruction.

LIB 686 Emerging Information Technology (3) - Study current and emerging information systems from a philosophical and practical perspective. Explore the origins, storage, transmission and retrieval of information, as well as the technologies that assist these activities.

 

Elective course descriptions

CSE 610 Computers in Education - Course follows two disticnt strands of activity: a theoretical/philosophical analysis of the underpinnings of technology use; and hands-on skill development in the use of hardware and software.

CSE 611 Information Literacy - The course will include technology and effective information literacy, including developing and presenting materials, assisting in planning and record-keeping, and functioning in an information-rich environment. This course explores strategies and support systems for literacy in information and digital citizenship.

CSE 612 Media Literacy for Educators - The course examines the influence of media in our culture and explores methods for teaching media literacy. 21st century media literacy skills include thinking critically about how we consume media messages (access, analysis, evaluation), and becoming skilled in the creation of messages using a variety of media, including, but not limited to, film, websites, photography, and advertising.

CSE 615 Designing Information - A look at how ideas are organized in a variety of media. Explores how information is encoded in text, graphics, audio and motion media. Focuses on effectively choosing and designing appropriate media for the communication of ideas.

CSE 616 Designing and Teaching Online Courses - This class will introduce students to the philosophy and methodology of designing online courses and teaching online. Topics will include establishing a community online, fostering meaningful dialogue, facilitating group work, designing effective learning experiences, and assessing student progress. Students will learn skills for course construction in a variety of course formats, and will create a short course that uses tools within a course management system as well as resources available through the Web.

CSE 619 Big Thinkers in Educational Technology - This seminar focuses on reading classic texts and groundbreaking recent texts in the field of technology. Readings vary by term, focusing on themes such as media and culture, emerging technologies, technology in education, etc. Students should expect to read 3-5 books each term. May be repeated for credit (different topics) up to 12 credits.

CSE 624 Internet for Educators - This course will relate to a number of topics/issues germane to the use of Internet technologies in schools/classrooms/media centers. Students will become knowledgeable about the practical, theoretical and philosophical implications of using the Internet in education.

CSE 625 Creating an Internet Website - Technical and theoretical aspects of designing and creating a website. Concentrates on development software and protocols associated with site design. Examines educational and cultural issues related to the use of the Internet and issues related to development of Web sites in educational settings. Students will create their own Internet website.

CSE 626 Advanced Website Design - This course builds on the introductory course, Creating an Internet Website to develop skills at an advanced level. Students will gain basic skills in the current tools of the trade, such as Flash, Java, and CSS. They will become familiar with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Accessibility Guidelines and will learn how to address these guidelines within web design.

CSE 627 Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning - Explores the many Web 2.0 tools online and looks at proven ways these tools are used in education. Examines how Web 2.0 tools can be used in meaningful ways, when appropriate, to allow additional collaboration between colleagues, teachers and students, and students themselves. Includes hands-on exploration of blogs, wikis, podcasts, screencasts, RSS, social networking, online imaging, online presentation tools, and more.

CSE 628 Geospatial Technologies for Teaching and Learning - This course will introduce educators to a variety of technological tools, software, and devices that can be used to enhance understanding and problem solving for learners from multiple disciplines and at different education levels. The course will focus on accessing, organizing and analyzing spatial information that allows students to make informed decisions. Participants will prepare and present education-related projects using spatial technologies that focus on how to guide students in using technology to communicate information and ideas. Issues of ethical use and the powers of spatial technologies to persuade, extend communication, and inform will be addressed.

CSE 632 Social and Philosophical Issues in Educational Technology - This course examines diverse social and philosophical issues related to educational technology by linking theory and philosophy to pedagogy and practice. Students will frame their practices and experiences with educational technology within the larger social and philosophical discourses surrounding educational technology. Students will reexamine their philosophical, pedagogical, and classroom pratices and develop potential practices that more effectively execute the student's philosophy of educational technology.

CSE 660 Interactive Video - Principles and practices of interfacing and utilizing audio and video systems with microcomputers in instructional environments.

CSE 670 Teaching Content with Technology: Secondary - Examines technology tools for teaching specific content knowledge at the middle/high school level. Explores effective uses of technologies for presenting content, promoting collaboration, encouraging critical thinking, and developing understanding. Includes skills for evaluating and using technology tools to design educational materials that teach targeted content. Course will focus on a specific content area such as math, science, social studies, language arts, health, PE, ESOL/foreign language. May be taken multiple times if different content.

CSE 671 Teaching Content with Technology: Elementary - Examines technology tools for teaching specific content knowledge at the middle/high school level. Explores effective uses of technologies for presenting content, promoting collaboration, encouraging critical thinking, and developing understanding. Includes skills for evaluating and using technology tools to design educational materials that teach targeted content. Course will focus on specific content areas each term. May be taken multiple times if different content.

CSE 681 Writing Grants for Technology - This one-credit course will expose students to the many sources available for funding technology in educational settings. Students will learn to locate grant opportunities, to understand the proposal process, and to develop a well-written grant proposal.

CSE 682 Facilitating Conversations: Teachers, Administrators, Tech Support - This one-credit course will bring together teachers, administrators, and technical personnel to discuss issues of computers in education from a variety of perspectives. This course will help open lines of communication, provide the language to communicate across disciplines, and expose participants to issues of critical concern within each area of interest.

CSE 683 Managing Technology in the Classroom - This one-credit course will explore classroom management issues surrounding the use of technology in the classroom. Students will learn how to set up activities and classroom spaces to maximize productive time with technology. They will learn tips and tricks for managing technology and students in both the classroom and computer lab.

CSE 684 Creating Web-Based Tutorials - Explores a variety of ways for delivering web-based instruction using available freeware software and commonly used Microsoft Office products. Students will create and design tutorials using text, audio, images, screen captures, screen casting, animation, wikis, and course authoring products.

CSE 685 Assessment Tools - Class explores the use of assessment to make informed instructional decisions at the classroom, program, school, and district level. The difference between formative and summative assessment and the appropriate use of each will be examined. Students will apply the concepts learned to make informed instructional decisions based on available on-line assessment resources.

CSE 687 Mobile Technologies in Education - This one-credit class will explore ways to use mobile devices such as smart phones and the iPod Touch for educational purposes in the classroom. Students will learn how to locate and evaluate educational applications to download on their devices and to use these applications effectively with students in their classes. Participants will develop educational content such as podcasts and movies that can be played on mobile devices, and will learn how to program their own simple application that will run on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

CSE 689 Creating Electronic Portfolios - This course will explore methods of showcasing best works in digital format. Focus on processing documents in a variety of formats so that they can be displayed digitally in a standard format appropriate for universal viewing, such as PDF. Attention to design and display of information.

CSE 690 Digital Photography and Photo Editing - This course is designed to provide background and skills in digital photography for educators and school media specialists. Students will explore all standard functions available on digital cameras, including macro focusing, copy stand work, field photography, and Quicktime movies. The course will also cover digital photo editing, and photo file management and image enhancement, including publishing to the web and importing into documents.

CSE 691 Digital Storytelling - This one-credit course will provide students with hands-on experience writing, shooting, editing, and publishing short videos using simple video-editing tools. Students will learn how to work with video in a classroom setting, and will explore a variety of inexpensive and free online tools.

CSE 692 Learning Objects - This one-credit course will explore the advantages of reusable educational content known as Learning Objects. Through web searches and exploration of learning object repositories, students will locate and evaluate free and inexpensive learning objects in a variety of content areas. They will learn to download and insert objects within educational materials such as websites, online courses, or digital tutorials.

CSE 693 Making Music with Digital Tools - This one-credit course explores free and inexpensive tools for creating, editing, and publishing music digitally. Students will create musical pieces and use them in a variety of media such as video, websites, and podcasts. Course includes an exploration of effective ways to incorporate music in the classroom.

CSE 694 Blogs in Education - This course explores uses of blogs in education, focusing on creating blogs for both teaching and professional development purposes. Students will learn to create blogs using a variety of free blogging tools, add media to blogs, market their blogs, communicate with parents, students, colleagues, and professionals via blogs, teach with blogs, embed blogs in their websites, and more.

CSE 695 Collaboration Tools - Focuses on uses of wikis and other collaboration tools. Explores methods for using wikis to teach collaboration skills in the classroom, for promoting collaboration in online classes, and for participating in professional collaborations. Develops skills for creating and maintaining educational wikis.

CSE 696 Podcasts and Vodcasts - Focuses on developing skills for creating podcasts and vodcasts using free or inexpensive tools. Students will also locate high-quality educational podcasts available through a variety of online sources and will explore the uses of podcasts and vodcasts in education.

CSE 697 Creating a Personal Learning Environment - Students in this course will learn how to develop their own Personal Learning Environment by creating connections to valuable educational resources and relevant content area experts. They will utilize tools such as RSS and aggregators to bring these resources directly to their desktops in an organized and timely manner. They will develop skills for maintaining a constantly updated connection with breaking news within their disciplines and will learn to become active participants by sharing their own expertise.

CSE 698 Special Topics in Educational Technology - An in-depth study of a special topic in educational technology, to be identified as the need arises. 1-3 credits, depending on topic. May be taken multiple times if the content is different.

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