Course Descriptions

EDT-500: Foundations of Educational Technology: Theories and Practices (3 credits)
This course focuses on the conceptual framework of technology, theories, and practices in educational environments. Students are provided the opportunity to investigate educational technology, analyze theories related to instructional design, and apply twenty-first century skills to teaching with technology.
EDT-510: Curriculum Development in Educational Technology (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of curriculum development and the infusion of relevant education technology as it applies to individual needs in the on-site and online environments. The course will provide a framework for integrating technology with teaching and the overall development of knowledge in curriculum and classroom instruction.
EDT-520: Leadership and Supervision in Educational Technology (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide both a theoretical and a practical foundation for current and future school leaders in the adoption and adaption of technology in administrative, curriculum, and instructional areas. The course will trace the development of educational technology today and provide the basis for leaders at all levels to make sound judgments about using technology to improve student learning and professional effectiveness. Included will be an examination of data-driven decision-making and the overall collection and use of data.
OLT-510: Theory and Culture of Online Learning (3 credits)
Theory and Culture of Online Learning is designed to give adult educators a theoretical base and practical orientation to the culture of online learning, as well as tools and concepts to use in creating and teaching online courses. The course emphasizes a variety of readings, individual student work, and a class discussion of online learning accompanied by practical experience in designing an online course. Because of the theory base and instructional approach used in this course, participation by every student is crucial so that students can both learn and support each other in their learning process.
OLT-520: Learning Technology as an Issue in Online Learning (3 credits)
One of the few things that almost all agree on is that technology is changing rapidly. How can teachers and learners keep up? This course takes the prudent track of discussing technology in the broader context of how we make decisions, solve problems and learn/teach technological skills.
OLT-630: Issues in Instructional Design in Online Learning (3 credits)
How is instructional design for online learning different from instructional design for other modes of delivering instruction? This course provides critical discussion of and practice in the ideas and practices that enhance quality in online learning.
OLT-640: Communication and Interactivity in Online Learning (3 credits)
The technology enabling online learning allows communication and interaction between student and texts, student and teacher, and student and other students. This course considers the theoretical aspects of communication and interactivity and also the practical skills of facilitating online discussions and online interactions.
THC-625: Technology And The Human Community: Challenges And Responses (3 credits)
Students explore the role of technology as it relates to society, community and the individual, with particular emphasis on its impact on workplace issues. Students will explore humanity's love-hate relationship with technology over the millennia, will debate ethical issues such as cloning and irradiated food, and will anticipate technology's impact on cultures, communities and individual persons in the future. Students will use their own workplace or community to test theories and draw informed conclusions.
EDL-520: Standards-Based Curriculum Development, Pre K-12 (3 credits)
Curriculum revision is an ongoing process that requires professional guidance and support. Potential educational leaders need to understand the importance of curriculum development in the success of the educational experience and recognize the organization and relevance of curriculum change. Through the examination of various curriculum designs, educators will visualize an overview of systematic curriculum development. Standards-Based Curriculum Development, Pre-K–12 allows students to examine essential components of a cohesive curriculum based on such influences as national and state standards established to guide local curricular planning and development to meet the changing needs of students and other stakeholders in a diverse community. Processes for development of curricula at classroom, building, and district levels, regardless of grade, academic discipline, or kind of student, will be considered in preparation for hands-on experience in creating curriculum in the student's primary discipline. Integrating differentiated instruction through various curriculum designs will allow the educator to develop necessary skills, as an instructional leader, to facilitate his or her faculty's creation of successful curriculum documents. The entire process, from initial needs assessment to implementation, will be the focus of this course.
EDL-540: Curriculum Leadership & Supervision (3 credits)
This course provides students with multiple opportunities to critically analyze and apply various contemporary theories of effective school leadership to their professional practice. All theories are aligned with the national ISLLC standards and the NJDOE state standards, research-based frameworks informing the knowledge base, dispositions, and performances of effective school leaders. The course focuses on the performance aspects of effective leadership including empowering others, building collaborative organizational cultures, making informed decisions and communicating them skillfully, and resolving conflicts. Participation involves learning theoretical concepts through reflective writing activities, self-assessments, and practice ISLLC exams.
EDL-670: Technology For Instruction & Administration (3 credits)
This course emphasizes the visionary leadership role of the principal as an instructional technologist, one who can thoughtfully and strategically provide direction to selection, use and evaluation of constantly changing technologies. Students assume a critical stance toward technology, its implications for effective school management and its impact on the teaching/learning process and the roles of teachers and learners.
EDT-700: Capstone Project in Educational Technology and Online Learning (3 credits)
This course provides for a research-based capstone experience in Educational Technology and Online Learning in P-12 or higher education / adult education environments.
EDT-710: Practicum in Educational Technology and Online Learning (3 credits)
This course provides for an applied practicum experience in the leadership of educational technology and online learning in P-12 or higher education / adult education environments.