SCFE Education, Technology and Society Concentration
20 quarter hours required, grade of C or better required
LEARNING IN A TECHNOLOGY-SUPPORTED CLASSROOM
An examination of current theories about instuctional technology and of recent literature in the field. Students will become familiar with particular technology appropriate for their areas of interest and will learn to evaluate this technology for a variety of instructional purposes. The course includes: frameworks for classifying educational uses of the technology; an analysis of selected research on educational technology; theories and practices of using technology in classrooms; and the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning. Emphasis throughout will be on why and how technology can be used to enhace the learning process.
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
Study of the learning-teaching process with specific emphasis on the person as a learner, human capacity and potential, learning theories and materials, motivation, concept formation, and behavior.
CRITICAL MEDIA LITERACY
This course focuses on theories of media interpretation, cultural pedagogy, and cultural studies. Literature from critical media literacy, cultural studies, critical pedagogy, communication studies, sociology, and philosophy will inform student understanding of how media educates, how interpretations of media are struggled over, and how such practices relate to broader structures of power, identity formation, political economy of media, theories of communication and representation, and pedagogy.
THEORIZING IN EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
This course explores philosophical and sociological theories of education, technology and society. Topics include the social, political, and pedagogical implications of educational technology and new media. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the history of critical theoretical perspectives on educative technologies through foundational texts in the humanities and social sciences as well as contemporary studies in the multiple educative aspects of technology. Course readings will draw on scholarship in philosophy, sociology, new media, educational foundations, and political theory.
PRACTICUM IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND NEW MEDIA
This course provides directed experiences in decision-making for curriculum planning, instructional design and delivery, scholarship and leadership in instructional technology-supported learning contexts. Students will engage in co-teaching activities in technology-rich classrooms; develop an instructional technology plan; make field evaluation and use of educational hardware and software; review and discuss research and professional literature in instructional technology; evaluate and use instructional products; develop and present a multimedia-based project; learn and apply theories and principles of instructional and information message design; engage in collaborative, micro-teaching activities online; develop a technology-enhanced instructional program for the K-12 environment; create a staff development plan with focus on technology applications for administrative purposes; conduct an evaluation study on-site; observe and experiment face-to-face and virtually with a range of instructional technology applications; produce comparative reviews on the use of instructional technology in various school settings. The practicum will also provide students with multiple opportunities to reflect and share their thinking with each other in a supportive community of learners and researchers. (Prerequisites: SCG 402 & CS 460).