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Curriculum

UVM’s Educational Technology Sequence aligns with the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students and teachers. Our program is designed for Vermont and out-of-state licensed teachers, as well as others seeking to learn more about technology in the classroom. Vermont teachers can use the program to earn a technology integration specialist endorsement; out-of-state teachers can meet guidelines for instructional technology or educational technology certification or endorsement.

UVM Continuing Education’s Educational Technology Online Sequence program offers six courses:

  • Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction with Technology
  • Technology, Schooling, and Society
  • Teacher Leadership in Technology Integration
  • Current Topics in Assessment and Technology
  • Learning Theory, Instructional Design, and Technology

The above courses will teach you to:

  • Understand how technology can be used with differentiated instruction to meet the diverse needs of students through inquiry- and project-based learning
  • Use universal design and adaptive and assisted technologies to help students with disabilities learn more effectively
  • Study the sociological, historical, and philosophical frameworks of information technology in the schools and how it presents both challenges and opportunities for teachers
  • Understand how technology affects other key educational issues, including equity, cultural diversity, student empowerment, community relationships, and the transformation of traditional schooling practices
  • Review how learning theories align with classroom teachers’ integration of technology
  • Become informed on the latest technology so that you can support and advocate for the use of technology in communication, collaboration, research, and assessment
  • Become a change agent in your school by learning how to identify resource needs, implement strategic planning, build sustainable educational technology plans, develop budgets, create professional development programs, and more

Educational Technology Course Sequence

Fall

EDCI 323  Technology and Inquiry-Based Learning
This course engages educators in a student-centered, active learning Alison experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem solving skills. During this inquiry-based course, educators will have an opportunity to learn about technology resources & tools that support inquiry-based learning in all disciplines and design an activity for the students or teachers they teach.

Contact the instructor of this course, Lucie deLaBruere, for information.

EDCI 322   Differentiated Instruction with Technology
This course explores ways that technologies can support learner-centered strategies that address the diverse needs of students. With an emphasis on differentiating instruction to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, this course introduces universal design and the use of adaptive and assistive technologies.

Contact the instructor of this course, Tim Fox, for information.

Spring

EDFS 320   Technology, Schooling, and Society
This course explores the influences of technology on schooling and society. Using sociological, historical, and philosophical frameworks, course participants will consider ways that the proliferation and use of information technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for teachers, learners, and community members. With a particular focus on changing roles due to information access, this course examines issues of equity, cultural diversity, student empowerment, community relationships, and the transformation of traditional schooling practices. Please note that if you are in the Masters Degree Program, this course can count as one of your foundation courses.

EDCI 325   Teacher Leadership in Technology Integration
This online course targets teachers interested in leadership around technology integration. This includes teacher leadership in technology planing for school and district level, planning and implementing integration strategies, and development and dissemination of professional development in local and regional venues in Vermont. Through the assignments, basic troubleshooting of hardware, software and computer networking is addressed, as well as web-based authoring and programming tools. Overall, the course seeks to explore the roles that teacher leaders inhabit, and how these roles can energize other classroom teachers and build a community of active participants in school technology programs. Participants in this course will study the means to foster leadership around the planning and development of solid goals for their school technology needs.

Contact the instructor, Lucie deLaBruere, for more information.

Summer

EDCI 324   Current Topics in Assessment & Technology
This course investigates current topics of assessment & technology in the PreK-16 environment. Students will cover assessment basics, the role of technology in education, information and knowledge management, and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice. Students will learn about specific cases of technology and assessment and will interact as an online community. As part of the course, students will conduct an action research project that investigates the use of technology in an educational environment.

Contact the instructor of this course, Bonnie Birdsall, for information

EDCI 321   Learning Theory, Instructional Design, and Technology
This course explores learning-theory research and its applications for technology-enriched, standards-based units of study. Students will study theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences, and other research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen problem-solving kills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets national and state educational technology standards and assessments.

Contact the course instructor, Maureen Neumann, for information.