Course Description

Prerequisites: ETEC 523. The course provides discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on experience related to educational applications of computer communications systems such as e-mail, file transfer protocol (ftp), computer bulletin boards, listservs, and the World Wide Web. Students complete a series of hands-on instructional assignments using technology-based tools to design and manage educational programs delivered via the Internet. (Seminar 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours).

This course was completed in Fall 2005.

Artifacts

Flash Exercises

A large portion of the class was devoted to learning Macromedia Flash as a multimedia tool. Flash has many applications that can be useful to education.

Survey Creation

Rather than programming a simple survey in Microsoft FrontPage as many in the class did,  with the instructors permission I selected a more difficult and appropriate challenge for my skills, setup and configure an open-source survey application called Soundings from http://soundings.riaforge.org/. In this exercise, I demonstrated how the selection of an open-source application can be utilized within an educational program for the purpose of creation and execution of a survey.

The original survey software has been removed from the CED website and backups are not available of it.

Reflection

Of all the classes I took in the Educational Technology program, this was the one I was most excited to take. It promised to take all the things that I love about Internet technologies and would help me better understand how to utilize them for educational programs. Unfortunately, this is not what I got out of the class.

The first half of the semester was devoted to learning Macromedia Flash, now owned by Adobe. Each week exercises were done by following a Flash training book. The exercises showed how Flash can be utilized in many powerful ways to deliver educational experiences. The exercises did help the class learn about Flash, however I felt more time could have been devoted to the social aspects around the use of Flash. Elements such as Flash accessibility are a hot topic as students with disabilities could have a negative experience with an educational program due to its inaccessibility.

The last half of the semester was devoted to web development and how to create a web site. The tools taught were Macromedia Dreamweaver, now owned by Adobe, and Microsoft FrontPage. For this part of the class, I found the hands on to be at a very appropriate level of difficulty for my fellow students in class, however as a professional web developer all of the exercises were at an elementary level.

The artifacts I selected reflect the course work at time I took the course. I selected the Flash examples, as this is an example of the type of work we were doing, simple practice exercises. I selected the survey as it was one of the more interesting pieces of work I did at the time. Unfortunately, this was housed on the College of Education server and is no longer available for review.

What I would have liked to have seen during the class was more discussion about internet technology selection and how those selections affect students to be interwoven with the hands on. In my opinion, deciding what technology to use is just as important as its creation and use. In addition, I would like to have seen a little more discussion on the social implications of the development process. As a educator, it is our responsibility to ensure the programs we produce are usable by the widest possible audience. It is easy to learn a tool, however it is more difficult to learn it while keeping in mind your social responsibilities during the creation of a educational piece.

NOTE: This course was taken prior to the requirement for Educational Technology student to do an electronic portfolio as a part of their overall course work.