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

EDTECH Sequence – Course Descriptions 

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.

EDCI 321 Learning Theory, Instructional Design & Technology
This online course explores learning-theory research and its application toward technology-enriched standards-based units of study. Students will study different theories such as constructivism, multiple intelligences, brain-based learning and other research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen 21st century problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using the instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets 21st century skills along with national and state educational technology standards and assessments.

EDCI 322 UDL & 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 Universal Design for Learning and differentiating instruction to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for all learners, this course explores the use of adaptive and assistive technologies.

EDCI 323 Amplifying Inquiry & Project Based Learning with Technology
This course engages educators in a student­ centered, active learning experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem­ solving skills. Educators will learn about technology resources and tools that support problem ­based, project ­based, and inquiry ­based learning in all disciplines and design a project­ or inquiry ­based activity with assessments for the students (or teachers) they teach.

EDCI 324   Current Topics in Assessment & Technology
This course investigates current topics of assessment and technology for the preK-12 environment, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. Educators will examine different forms of assessment and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice.  We will explore and evaluate a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. Educators will interact as an online community, modeling how feedback and reflection play an integral part of the assessment process and will also maintain a digital portfolio for the class. As a final project, teachers will create a unit of study, incorporating learning targets developed from the ISTE standards and other content standards, integrating digital tools for assessment, and demonstrating mastery of other course objectives.

EDCI 325 Coaching and Leading Technology Innovation in Schools
This online course targets teachers interested in coaching and leading technology rich innovation in today’s schools.  This includes planning for school and district level, planning and implementing technology rich innovation strategies, and development and dissemination of professional development in local, regional, and global venues. Through the assignments, basic troubleshooting of hardware, software and cloud based systems is addressed, as well as web-based authoring and programming tools. This course explores the roles that teacher leaders and coaches inhabit, and how these roles can energize other classroom teachers and build a community of active participants in innovative technology rich 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 course instructor, Maureen Neumann, for information.