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

Introduction to the Course

Good teachers are aware that when they teach content—that is the curriculum for their course—they are also enacting, through their pedagogical practices, their philosophy of teaching and learning; praxis is essential to this process. In this online class, we will focus on educational technology and the pedagogical implications of teaching and learning with technology. With this in mind, both face-to-face class sessions and online modules will combine key readings and discussions with the practical application of technology in an effort to reflect and take informed action (both personally and systemically) based on our praxis.

Guiding questions of the course:

  1. What does learning look like in the 21st century? What does literacy look like in the 21st century? What is knowledge in the 21st century? (Or what does it mean to “know” something in our mediated culture?) How might these questions (and potential answers) support or challenge school-based learning?
  2. What are key characteristics of new media environments (e.g. social network sites, blogs, and wikis)? How might these characteristics inform pedagogical and curricular choices? How can educators maintain focus on one’s learning objectives while integrating technology? How can educators support students’ access to and evaluation of media and digital resources?
  3. What are participatory cultures? What is connected learning? How might participatory cultures and connected learning inform school-based notions of learning? How might educators, specifically teachers, develop an ecological understanding towards learning and promote collective change? How might professional development opportunities in schools be changed and/or transformed to promote a community-based approach?

Anticipated topics within the course (July 2013): 

  • participatory culture and connected learning
  • networked culture and popular social networks
  • collective intelligence and wikis
  • digital storytelling and creative production
  • online portfolios and badges as assessment tools

Final course topics (Sept. 2013)

  • participatory culture and connected learning
  • networked culture and popular social networks
  • collective intelligence and wikis

Proposed course assignments (August 2013):

  • Technology self-reflection and peer feedback
  • Online portfolio
  • Reflective forum and blog posts
  • Digital video production
  • Action research

Impemented course assignments (Sept. 2013):

  • Technology timeline and narrative (with peer feedback)
  • Collective online portfolio
  • Reflective forum and blog posts

Implemented Assessments:

Access to Instructor and her Co-Instructors:

  • Dr. Parker and her co-instructors will hold weekly office hours (both online via Google Hangouts) and face-to-face in local coffee shops or other Marin sites that have food/drink and WiFi
  • The instructors will communicate via email 
  • The course will be housed within a learning management system (LMS), such as Moodle, which will help facilitate communication

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