Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisites: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Instructor: Avgoustos Tsinakos
MDDE 620 is intended to develop students' knowledge and understanding of educational technologies, and their planning skills in relation to the introduction of technology into existing educational and training systems. Besides acquiring information about present and emerging distance education and training technologies, students will study planning and implementation issues. The course combines information, theoretical concepts and frameworks, case studies, and, where possible and appropriate, direct experience with specific technologies in actual educational and training use.
The course consists of eight units:
Unit 1: Basic concepts and background issues are introduced, relating to technology as a learning tool. Students are asked to begin forming positions on some questions about the proper roles for and uses of technology. Some terms are introduced and clarified, and some distinctions drawn which are used in the course.
Unit 2: The organizational context for technology is discussed. Key leadership issues related to change in complex organizations are identified. Students examine their personal management values and leadership style.
Units 3, 4, 5, and 6: Specific technologies are described, from print to the World Wide Web. Textbooks, journal articles, information provided by vendors, and the course Study Guide constitute the major information sources. The students' own experiences and observations of local technology implementations may also be incorporated.
Unit 7: Strategic planning as a tool for combining the concepts from the previous units is introduced.
Unit 8: Management issues in the adoption and use of technologies for teaching and training are considered.
Accompanying each unit is a computer-mediated conference (CMC) component. The CMC element of the course allows students to interact with each other and with the course instructor. Students also use the online course page to access such basic course components as the schedule, details of assignments, e-mail, introductions and biographies of the participants, and updates to the course Study Guide. (Students are required to have reliable Internet access as a condition of acceptance into the course.)
Conference Participation: Students are expected to participate in the course forums.
Assignments of choice: The student completes assignments of choice, selected from a list of topics provided by the instructor.
Note: details of assignments are posted on-line at the commencement of the course.
Course Study Guide
Bates, A. W. (2005). Technology, e-learning and distance education. New York: Routledge.
Early access to the Learning Management System, Moodle, begins a few days before the official start date of your course, at that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will automatically become active.
Last updated by MM October 12, 2016