EDTECH 501 Syllabus Fall 2011

Course Description

This course is an overview of the field of educational technology emphasizing current issues, leadership in technology use planning, and evaluation/synthesis of research.

The EDTECH Program

The Department of Educational Technology supports the study and practice of facilitating and improving learning of a diverse population by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Believing technology is a tool that enhances and expands the educational environment, we promote the use of current and emergent technologies for teaching and learning in a dynamic global society. Educational technologists are leaders and innovators, serving in institutions of higher education, public or private school settings, federal, state or local educational agencies, and in education-related businesses in the private sector.


To access all EDTECH courses, go to http://edtech.mrooms.org. If this is your first time there, you will need to create an account. Use your Boise State email address for your initial account creation, which can later be changed on your profile.

After logging in, locate your course and section number, enroll using your one-time key provided in an introductory email sent by your instructor (about one week before the course begins), and get started.

Instructor information for your course section number will be on the Moodle course site, along with contact information in the course syllabus.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will:

  • design an EDTECH Learning Log to present and organize reflections, artifacts, and other content created for EDTECH courses;
  • analyze an element from the current definition of educational technology;
  • identify a current trend in educational technology applicable to your own classroom;
  • compare issues of digital divide and digital inequality;
  • identify and prioritize solutions for digital inequalities;
  • apply RSS technologies;
  • identify issues of plagiarism in a digital world;
  • apply correct APA style to article reference list;
  • analyze and synthesize research in educational technology;
  • evaluate your school's current technology environment;
  • identify and summarize elements of a technology use plan; and
  • outline a plan for your own Professional Learning Network (PLN) to assume a leadership role in the field of educational technology.

Course Text

APA textbook

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Author: American Psychological Association
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0562-2
Publication Date: July 2009

Edition: Spiral Bound (try to order this one, as you will appreciate being able to have this book open on your desk as you copy citations!)

Software/Hardware Requirements

Students and educators are eligible for discounts for certain software. Two places you can purchase software at a discount are: BSU Bookstore and Academic Superstore. Check there before purchasing any software such as Adobe CS5 and Microsoft Windows.

You will need a computer with speakers and Internet access. High speed Internet access yields the best results in this class.

A microphone will be required for this course for narrating presentations and attending optional web meetings. For web conferencing, a headset is recommended. To record presentations, you can often use an internal microphone with good results. A webcam is also strongly recommended.

Academic Deadlines/Accommodations

Faculty Initiated Drop: Please be advised that if you do not attend class at least once during the first week, you will be dropped from class.

Boise State Academic Calendar: Please be aware of all deadlines and dates contained in the BSU Academic Calendar, which can be accessed through BroncoWeb (http://broncoweb.boisestate.edu)

Accommodations: To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services, Admin 114, (208) 426-1583. Students are required to provide documentation of their disability and meet with a Disability Specialist prior to receiving accommodations. Information about a disability or health condition will be regarded as confidential.

Confidentiality and Privacy Statement: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. To read about these rights, please go to http://registrar.boisestate.ed...lity.shtml


  • Module 1: Setting the Stage
  • Module 2: Defining Educational Technology
  • Module 3: Ethical Issues in Educational Technology
  • Module 4: Trends in Educational Technology
  • Module 5: Educational Technology Research
  • Module 6: Technology Use Planning
  • Module 7: Planning for the Future

Grading Guidelines and Rationale for Self- and Peer-Assessments

This course may be different from what you are accustomed. One of its strengths (and challenges) is that you will be required to view and rate some of the discussion forum posts, using instructor-created rubrics. Your ratings will be anonymous. However, you should post replies to your classmates' posts, too, providing more information, such as missing elements, incorrect grammar, or other issues. And, of course, you should also comment on what they did very well. The interactive and cooperative discussion forums should strengthen and promote class community, while also providing you with a way to self-assess your progress.

Peer-assessment is not meant to replace instructor grading, but rather to enhance it. Your instructor will review peer feedback and grades and will make the final determination for your score, along with including detailed feedback as needed.

You will also be asked to submit self-evaluations for some activities. These types of assessments use the "honor system" and require you to evaluate yourself and your progress.

In order to facilitate this process, you will be divided into small groups of five to eight for this class. That way, you will not be overwhelmed with grading classmates' work, but will have enough work to view and compare to your own.

You will be able to view all student work submitted to the Learning Logs and your shared Zotero Class Library.


Assignment Submission: All assignments must be submitted on the assigned due dates. Assignments will be submitted in various formats. Each assignment is described in detail, along with a rubric or details.

Late Assignments: Sometimes situations occur that prevent us from working on our assignments on time especially with many of your busy schedules. Please try to submit assignments on time, as late assignments create extra work for your instructor.

During the last two weeks of class, all assignments must be turned in on time and cannot be submitted late.

The instructor is not responsible for any text or software that is not obtained in enough time to complete the assignments.

Feedback: Your assignments will be reviewed and grades posted within one to two weeks after the assignment due date. Depending upon the assignment, you will receive feedback and points earned for assignment completion. You will receive an update in your email once an assignment is graded. If you do not have an assigned grade, please contact your instructor.

Incompletes: Please refer to BSU guidelines for course incompletes: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/w...pletes.htm

Below is the list of assignments for this course. Points received are divided by total course points for percentages.

Descriptions Points
Learning Log Self-Assessment 20
First Memory Discussion Forum 20
Elements Assignment 50
Digital Inequality Assignment 100
Tech Trends Discussion Forum
Tech Trends Assignment 40
RSS Feeds
Plagiarism Video
Zotero Library Assignment 20
EdTech Research Self-Assessment 20
Technology Use Planning Overview 50
School Evaluation Summary 50
Tech Use Plan Presentation
PLN Plan 50
Bumper Sticker (extra credit)
Course Total 600


Each assignment will be graded based on given criteria and/or a rubric. You can check your progress in Moodle by clicking the Grades link in the Administration block. Progress is updated as assignments are evaluated throughout the semester.

Highest Lowest Letter
100.00 % 100.00 % A+
99.99 % 93.00 % A
92.99 % 90.00 % A-
89.99 % 87.00 % B+
86.99 % 83.00 % B
82.99 % 80.00 % B-
79.99 % 77.00 % C+
76.99 % 73.00 % C
72.99 % 70.00 % C-
69.99 % 67.00 % D+
66.99 % 60.00 % D
59.99 % 0.00 % F

Grade Disputes

If you feel your grade is lower than you expected, you are welcome to dispute it. To do this, please send an email to your instructor, along with the assignment grade in question and a detailed argument supporting your request for a grade re-evaluation. Your instructor will take this into consideration and will respond to your request.

Time Management

It is a good idea to schedule specific times to work on your assignments each week and keep the appointment with yourself. Plan to spend 8 - 15 hours per week on this class. The amount of time actually needed will depend on entry-level skills. It is in your best interest to start early on each assignment to give yourself time to fix technical problems or get help before the due date passes.

The types of assignments and the level of interactivity vary from week-to-week. This is NOT a self-paced course, and projects involving collaboration with peers are required. Your instructor will always try to give clear directions on what, where, when, and how in the assignment instructions.

Plagiarism Policy

For this course, we will be adhering to the BSU Student Code of Conduct along with generally accepted Fair Use Policies for Instructors. We will also observe U.S. copyright laws in this course. Several great links to copyright information are available on the BSU Academic Technologies site at: http://itc.boisestate.edu/resource.htm

According to the BSU Student Code of Conduct: "Cheating or plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. The University functions to promote the cognitive and psychosocial development of all students. Therefore, all work submitted by a student must represent her/his own ideas, concepts, and current understanding. Academic dishonesty also includes submitting substantial portions of the same academic course work to more than one course for credit without prior permission of the instructor(s)."

For this course, plagiarism will apply to three categories: Cheating, Non-attribution, and Patchwriting:

  1. Cheating: Borrowing, purchasing, or obtaining work composed by someone else and submitting it under one's own name. The minimum penalty is an "F" in the course; the maximum penalty, suspension from the university.
  2. Non-attributions: Failing to cite passages or ideas from the work of another. First-time offense is review of source attribution and revision of the paper. Continued non-attribution in work will result in an "F" in the course and possible suspension from the university.
  3. Patchwriting: Writing passages that are not copied exactly, but have been borrowed from another source. First offense: review and revision of assignment. Continued patchwriting will result in an "F in the course and possible suspension from the university.
Important Note: Both citation and quotation marks are required whenever you copy exact words and phrases from a source. When you paraphrase or summarize but do not copy exactly, citation is still required. When in doubt, cite. Over-citation is an error, but under-citation is plagiarism. Your citations should follow APA style, 6th edition.

Standards Addressed in Course

The assignments in this course have been aligned to the Standards for the Accreditation of School Media Specialist and Educational Technology Programs: http://www.aect-members.org/standards/standards2004.doc



Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization
Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

Tech Trends Assignment

RSS Feeds

Zotero Library Assignment

Plagiarism Video

Tech Use Plan Presentation

3.2 Diffusion of Innovations
Diffusion of innovations is the process of communicating through planned strategies for the purpose of gaining adoption.

Tech Trends Assignment

Digital Inequality Assignment

3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization
Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

RSS Feeds

Plagiarism Video

3.4 Policies and Regulations
Policies and regulations are the rules and actions of society (or its surrogates) that affect the diffusion and use of Instructional Technology.

Elements Assignment

Digital Inequality Assignment

Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.1 Project Management
Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects.

School Evaluation Summary

4.2 Resource Management
Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services.

Digital Inequality Assignment

4.3 Delivery System Management
Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling 'the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized' . . . [It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner.

RSS Feeds

Plagiarism Video

Zotero Library Assignment

4.4 Information Management
Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.

Zotero Library Assignment

RSS Feeds

Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.

5.1 Problem Analysis
Problem analysis involves determining the nature and parameters of the problem by using information-gathering and decision-making strategies.

School Evaluation Summary

5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation
Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization.

School Evaluation Summary

5.4 Long-Range Planning
Long-range planning that focuses on the organization as a whole is strategic planning....Long-range is usually defined as a future period of about three to five years or longer. During strategic planning, managers are trying to decide in the present what must be done to ensure organizational success in the future.

Technology Use Planning Overview

School Evaluation Summary

Tech Use Plan Presentation

PLN Plan