This course is required for all Educational Technology students at the University of Florida. Many students elect to major in educational technology because they enjoy the hands-on design and development aspects of the field. However, Educational Technology is a broad and dynamic field that intersects many other disciplines and offers numerous opportunities for individuals with varied interests and talents. Having knowledge of the foundations, history, perspectives and literature in the field enables students to think more critically about their efforts and career goals. This course is intended to give you an overview of the field and help you begin to find (or further establish) your niche within it. The success of the course will be dependent on student participation and preparation. Like all graduate level courses, the more effort you put forth, the more you’ll get out of the experience.
Course Goals (CG) By the end of this course students should be able to:
CG1: Define the field of Educational Technology
CG2: Describe history of Educational Technology
CG3: Compare, contrast and identify with major paradigms, theories and perspectives that guide Educational Technology
CG4: Read and critically consider a wide variety of literature related to Educational Technology
CG5: Consider what constitutes appropriate research in Educational Technology
CG6: Consider how Educational Technology intersects with their current professional positions and future goals