Educational Technology Praxis (EDCT 552 - Marin) Fall 2013 | Dr. Jessica K. Parker

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I take this graduate-level course?

2. How do I know if an online course is right for me?

3. How many units should I take?

4. Will the graduate level units be transferrable to an MA program at SSU or another university?

5. How can I enroll in the course?

6. How do I learn more about the MA program in curriculum, teaching and learning in educational technology at SSU?

1. Why should I take this graduate-level course?

The EDCT 552 course is a great introduction to new media technologies and it offers insight into a number of educational concerns, frustrations, and hopes of living and learning in an ever-changing digital age. The course combines a hands-on approach to learning new media technologies with a theoretically grounded understanding of the latest research in the fields of digital media and learning and literacy studies. Because it is a graduate level course, there will be academic articles and research to read and discuss. There will also be opportunities to play with new media technologies and reflect on pedagogical practice--an essential component of teaching and learning. This is an experimental course design, so students will get access to a graduate-level course without having to apply to the MA program at SSU.

2. How do I know if an online course is right for me?

Not all learners will excel in an online course. Students who excel in online courses tend to have specific characteristics, such as self-motivatation, the ability to work independently and in groups, strong study habits, they enjoy working on a computer, and they have good organizational skills. Take this self-assessment for online learning and see if you will be a successful online learner.

3. How many units should I take?

The Educational Technology Praxis (EDCT 552) course within the MA program at SSU is offered for three (3) graduate units. Because we are trying to experiment with the course design and want to meet the various economic and professional needs of Marin educators, we are offering the course based on variable units: from 0 to 3 units. Students can take the course for free and have access to all the course content and the instructors, but their assignments will not be graded. [Just as public schools rely on average daily attendance (ADA) to generate revenue, SSU relies on student tuition to pay faculty to teach and grade.] Or students can decide to take the course for either 1, 2, or 3 graduate units and pay the appropriate fee based on $454 per unit. It is up to the individual student to determine how many units s/he would like to take.

4. Will the graduate level units be transferrable to an MA program at SSU or another university?

Yes, the units are graduate-level and are transferrable to most CSU/UC MA programs or can be used to apply for a supplemental credential in technology. (A supplemental credential usually requires at least 10 upper-division/graduate units in educational technology).

5. How can I enroll in the course?

Students can officially sign-up for the course starting in late July. If you are interested in signing up for the course, please complete this form and we you will be considered pre-registered for the course. In order to earn graduate credit for the course, you must go through SSU's Extended Education. Please follow these steps to enroll in and pay for graduate credit:

  • Visit this password-protected website to register for graduate units.
  • Use this password (one word) to access the registration enrollment: marinpraxis
  • Pay with your credit card; if you want to use a different form of payment, please call Extended Education at (707) 664-2394.
  • Extended Education will then send you your confirmation letter via U.S. mail.
    **Please note that Jessica does not have access to the Extended Education payment process; this is outside her purview.

6. How do I learn more about the MA program in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in Educational Technology at SSU?

Check out the Graduate Studies webpage to learn more!

Please contact Dr. Jessica K. Parker if you have questions or concerns.