EDUC 592A – Online Tools for Learning and Instruction
This course was developed and proposed for the Innovative Instructor Fellowship award at the University of Massachusetts. It was taught during summer of 2010.
About the Course
This course will introduce students to various web-based technologies for learning and teaching. Through a blend of skills-based projects and discussion of learning technologies theory, students will learn how to find and access open educational and public domain resources and create, edit, and deliver content for both learning and instruction. This course aims to expose students to innovative tools for teaching 21st century students and various learning theories associated with the development and use of those tools.
Using the online learning platform (UMassOnline), students will progress through the course in weekly intervals. Students should check the online course for reading materials, hands-on activities, and weekly assignments, such as discussion posts and journal entries.
Each week, students will be asked to complete a number of hands-on activities, ranging from appropriating fair use and copyright free materials to creating collaborative web spaces. Other examples of hands-on coursework include audio and video podcast production using Myna and JayCut, geotagging with Google Earth, using online presentation tools (Google Presentations, Prezi, etc.) and integrating Google’s suite of online applications (Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Maps, etc.) into curriculum work. Due to the considerable amount of hands-on work involved with this course, students will need a secure internet connection with enough bandwidth to download and upload large files and run “heavy” java applets as required to edit multimedia. If you are not sure if your computer is able to meet these requirements, please contact the instructor.
Through readings, discussion, course assignments, and hands-on work with specific technologies this course will address the following questions:
- What are the technological and information literacy skills K-12 students need to acquire to be successful 21st Century Learners?
- What are the issues related to regulations governing copyright and fair use in education, and what implications to these have for 21st Century pedagogical approaches?
- How do issues of access impact how students of all backgrounds are able to engage with curricular material? What strategies are available for addressing these access issues?
- Where can teachers find open access materials, and how can they use these materials to appropriate, reuse, and modify learning content?
- How can teachers and students use open access resources to distribute and share materials, and collaborate effectively outside of the classroom?
Download the syllabus here: EDUC592AWilsonSyllabus.
Getting Started with Acrobat Connect
Easiteach (interactive whiteboard software)
Getting Started with Easiteach
Evernote Peek (flashcard app for the iPad)
Create iPad Flashcards with Evernote Peek
Faronics Insight (classroom monitoring software)
Google Slides (presentation web tool)
Getting Started with Google Presentations
Getting Started with Google Sites
Myna (online audio editing tool)
Podcasting with Myna