“MAET Year 1” is a configuration of three courses (CEP 810, 811, and 812) taught collectively to give students interested in the interplay of technology and learning a firm foundation in specific technologies and the issues surrounding them. Although each course is also taught separately throughout the year, in our condensed summer cohort format, there is overlap and the expectations for each course are met through the completion of integrated assignments, daily activities, readings, etc. We will do our best to clearly share which course the thinking, concepts, or assignment connects to, but know at times the line is blurry. The successful completion of these three courses leads to the MSU Certificate in Educational Technology.
CEP 810: Teaching for Understanding with Technology. As the first course in both the Educational Technology Certificate (ETC) and Master’s in Educational Technology (MAET) programs, CEP 810 introduces five foundational topics that are essential for advanced study:
(a) theories of learning and understanding,
(b) essential mindsets for teaching with technology,
(c) professional learning networks,
(d) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), and
(e) creative uses of technologies for learning.
CEP 811: Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education. In CEP 811 you will be immersed in repurposing the world around you to create experiences that are Novel, Effective, and Whole (NEW.) You will be building upon the work you did in CEP 810, digging deeper into the TPACK theory (Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge), applying and playing with theories of learning, and continuing to grow and develop your professional networks and professional presence. In CEP 811 we will experience what some have dubbed “maker culture” – we will be repurposing the world around us and exploring new (and old!) ways of designing learning experiences rooted in creativity and purposeful design practices.
CEP 812: Applying Educational Technology to Problems of Practice. CEP 812 is the third and final course in the Educational Technology Certificate Program sequence. Broadly conceived, this course focuses on the ways that we can use a range of technologies to address a range of teaching and education-related problems. Students explore properties of well-structured, ill-structured, and wicked problems before reading about human social and cognitive dispositions that limit our ability to solve big problems smartly. In addition to working with a think tank of peers to examine a wicked, high-priority educational problem, students critically examine their “info diet,” collect data that will inform a deeper understanding of the culture of technology integration that surrounds them, explore ways to use technologies to support special learning needs, and reflect on the ways they leverage technologies with passion and curiosity to support student learning.
(1) Learn activities will include “lectures” and readings to support your growth during the course. In accordance with the principles of universal design for learning (UDLcenter.org) “LEARN” activities will be presented in various ways so that we all have access to the ideas via multiple modalities.
(2) Explore activities are opportunities to play with tech tools and generally require you to channel your inner six-year-old. Unbridled curiosity required 🙂
(3) Create activities ask you to make products that both synthesize and represent what you have learned through lectures, readings and explorations. Creations are the “major” projects of the course and are explained in greater detail later in this syllabus.
(4) Share activities require you to communicate what you’re thinking about and what you have created. You will leverage social media and web-based platforms to communicate and contribute to your growing Personal Learning Network (PLN).