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Theory and Practice
ECTC 805 Cross Discipline Studies in Technology
This group project allowed us to research and then present, online, to our cohort. The assumption was that the audience did not know anything about your technology. Group members, Adnan Edzad, Barbara McCarty and I created this presentation on
Learning about what a White Papers is and then writing one has been very beneficial. This type of paper is a great resource and an opportunity to get a lot of information about a topic in one paper. Writing a White Paper on technology and Project-Based Learning was a great exercise. DIY White Paper
This individual project was initially daunting but once underway was a very enjoyable
and interesting way to create a space for online learning.
ECTC 807 Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum
The historical background of how and why curriculum came about was the topic of this short paper.
Comparing and contrasting two different views as they related to early education gave important insights into how these views have evolved into our current views on education.
This project gave us chance to choose an informal learning trend, research the history, theory, and context of this topic.
Having done most of my research on makerspaces throughout this (fall) semester of year one, I was able to apply that research in this project as my topic was about implementing an after-school teen makerspace. It was a great way to end the semester.
ECTC 808 Summer Institute II
The main focus of the projects for this course was to update both our websites and our professional development plans. We looked for different types of jobs in three different categories (K-12, Higher Ed, and corporate). The assignment we wrote a paper on was the Jobs Project. It was a good exercise as it allowed us to research the many different kinds of positions we could have.
ECTC 814 Advanced Models of E-Learning
Examining two different case studies and creating a needs analysis including goals and objectives was a great chance to apply the information in the Brown and Green (2012) book Instructional Design. Higher Ed Case Studies
This individual project allowed us to articulate our own vision for technology in education, design a plan, and a create a budget proposal. These type of projects serve to strengthen and refine our ideas and goals as we continue to develop our professional growth plan.
ECTC 816 Advanced Building Online Communities
The Online community scan gave us an opportunity to examine the actual online community spaces specific to our proposed dissertation topic. The final project was a single-spaced annotated webliography that was very interesting to work on. Who knew there were so many online gamification communities!
This group project with Barbara McCarty and Linda Lampert involved interviewing and analyzing a key manager of an educational online community. The focus was to understand their community strategies. It certainly was an eye-opening experience on the amount of work that goes into curating an online community.
The culminating assessment was the creation of an online community in the form of a website.
We brought together the idea of stewarding technology as well as using evidence-based social design
to create a successful online community.
ECTC 817 Advanced Developing and managing Distance Learning Programs
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