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Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity with Technology Tools

EDUC 420

Fall 2014


From the syllabus:


Course Overview

This course is intended for students admitted to the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Education's Learning with Technology emphasis area. Students will examine a wide range of contemporary topics and issues in education ranging from K-12 to higher education and beyond. This course will focus on how children and adults share, think, work, and create together as learners, and how the creative process has been transformed by the introduction of technology tools. Students will become proficient in identifying what technology tools can be most beneficial to learning in particular situations. Students will participate in the design and creation of technology-based products that integrate the creative process with specific skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. 


Course Objectives

Students will:

  • Identify current and emerging technologies and applications that can be used to support the learning of 21st Century Skills in both formal and informal educational settings.

  • Learn and apply the “Backward Design” method of designing educational curriculum by setting goals before choosing instructional methods and forms of assessment.

  • Incorporate progressive pedagogical approaches with current and emerging technologies in the design of learning activities.

  • Design and develop an electronic portfolio containing a learning activity and supporting documentation for each of the 21st Century Skills studied.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Apply the “Backward Design” method to the designing of learning activities that incorporate technology to effectively teach the 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

  • Apply the principles of constructivist learning theory and progressive pedagogical approaches to the use of current and emerging technologies for teaching and learning 21st Century Skills to capitalize on the experiences and skills of Net/Millennial generation learners.

  • Explore and use a variety of current and emerging technology tools and resources that expand and enhance how they might be used for learning.

  • Design and develop an electronic portfolio that demonstrates a vision for incorporating current and emerging learning technologies to teach 21st Century Skills that would be applicable to their work and profession. 

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