2014 Summer & Fall Registration

April 12th, 2014 by Toni Jones

Summer semester is drawing near (as winter semester comes to a close).

If you have not registered for either the summer or fall semesters, please do so right away.

Due to low enrollment, EDMT 592 CRN 54053 Blended Instruction – Jones was cancelled. We hope to offer it in summer 1 2015.

EDMT Courses being offered:

Summer I

EDMT 592 CRN 54053 Blended Instruction – Jones

EDMT 623 CRN 54023 Instr Des&Dev Multimedia Instruction – Bednar
(prereqs: EDMT 602 and EDMT 603)

Summer II

EDMT 592 CRN 54052 Online Teaching: Introduction – McVey

EDMT 628 CRN 54024 Design & Use Online Resources for Education – Copeland
(prereqs: EDMT 623)

EDMT 653 CRN 54025 Issues & Emerging Educational Technology – McVey
(prereqs: EDMT 627 and EDMT 628)

Fall

EDMT 592 CRN 17168 Online Teaching: Advanced – Copeland

EDMT 602 CRN 16861 Tech & Student-Centered Learning – Jones

EDMT 632 CRN 16863 Adv Productivity Tools & Teach & Learning – Copeland

EDMT 695 CRN 16864 Seminar – McVey
(prereqs: EDMT 653)

Be sure to check the online schedule of classes for information about foundation and restrictive elective course offerings.

Congressional Briefing on Speak Up K12 Data

April 10th, 2014 by Nancy Copeland

Interesting results of  Project Tomorrow’s  2013 Speak Up – K-12  Survey was presented on Capitol Hill April 9, 2014. The session was arranged to help congressional leaders and the education community…”learn what K-12 students think about the role of technology in the classroom and hear directly from a panel of students themselves on topics such as mobile and flipped/blended learning, school to home communications, broadband capacity, and designing the ultimate school for today’s learners.”

Our EDMT students have participated in the  Speak Up study previously (thanks Drs Jones and McVey!). You may want to consider having your own school contribute the next time around. View  the recording to hear what students are saying about educational technology.

COE Celebration of Excellence

March 28th, 2014 by Toni Jones

Cherise Rose (MA 12) & Dr. Michael McVey

 

Cherise Rose (MA 12) received the Scholars of Excellence Award at the College of Education’s (COE) Celebration of Excellence Convocation on March 27, 2014.

Though not present, Sarah Moeller (MA 13) also received the Excellence in Education Award.

Both alums were nominated by the EDMT faculty to receive the COE’s award. The EDMT program was represented by Dr. Michael McVey.

Congratulations to Cherise and Sarah! Thank you to Dr. McVey for representing the EDMT program!

Congratulations, Sarah Moeller!

March 11th, 2014 by Toni Jones

Sarah Moeller was recently hired in the position of Instructional Designer with the University of Detroit Mercy – School of Dentistry. Way to go, Sarah! We are so happy for you!

Updates to Threaded Discussions

December 11th, 2013 by Michael McVey

Today EMU’s Center for E-Learning (CFE) noted the release of a new feature in our threaded discussions which I quite like.

According to their email:

On 12/5/13, Pearson Learning Studio (EMU-Online) released several new features for Threaded Discussions:

  • Post First – Students must post their initial response to the discussion before they can view other students’ posts
  • Hide Topics – You previously had the ability to hide Threaded Discussion content items; now you can hide discussion topics within them, allowing you to prepare your topics ahead of time.

One of my critiques of threaded discussions, and I have oh so many, is that once the most salient issues have been raised in a discussion, and there are usually a limited number of such issues, the ensuing responses tend to dwindle in number and quality. By having to post first before you can see your classmates responses, you have the opportunity to get credit for sharing insights of your own and not have to water them down by having the misfortune of coming late to the discussion.

This innovation will cause me to re-think my use of threaded discussions in the class now.

Social Network Map

November 12th, 2013 by Michael McVey

I found a great little web site that creates a map of all my LinkedIn connections.

I’m in the center. To the right are my connections at EMU – the bulk of them being in the Teacher Education Department. To the left are my U of Arizona connections.

Here is a closer view. Have fun doing yours.

Like Us on Facebook!

October 1st, 2013 by Toni Jones

While in your Facebook account, do a search on EDMT and you will find us. Like us and join the conversations!

Twitter: Dangerous and Angry

September 22nd, 2013 by Michael McVey
With some of my masters students looking at Twitter’s use in the classroom, I wanted to share these two current articles from the popular press to demonstrate that the discussion about Twitter’s impact is current and heated.
In this one (http://academeblog.org/2013/09/22/in-defense-of-david-guth/) a professor tweeted something about the NRA. Like it or hate it, he expressed himself. The result was placement on an administrative leave and a strange feeling that the first amendment had been thrown a curve ball.
In this one (http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/tech/social-media/twitter-anger/) Twitter is being called “the angriest place on the Internet by a CNN reporter for the ease with which people can spew hatred and disgust. Perhaps the outbursts are just reactions to change, perhaps they are glimpses of a facet of a national psyche, or perhaps, as the author suggests, they are deliberately baiting readers into responses to gain a little notoriety.

Thanks from Sarah Moeller

August 22nd, 2013 by Michael McVey

I wonder what my EDMT 602 self would think if she was able to fast forward to today. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and wondering how I am going to learn everything that I need to know. I am different than most in this program because I have no education background. I have learned so much and have been trained so well in this program. I am confident in calling myself a true trained higher education teacher. Moreover, I can now call myself an Educational Technology Specialist. I think that with hard work and continual improvement, I can take on anything that comes my way.

Sarah Moeller

All of the assignments in the EDMT Master’s program have lead me to where I am today. Each assignment had a distinct purpose in my training. I understand the various components that go into appropriately using technology and implementing it into the classroom. I feel confident in creating technology enhanced lessons in my own classroom and training my coworkers to do so as well. I have a new realization on assessment and evaluation of students. Coming from completely test and quiz structured assessment to reflective, critical thinking type assessments in my graduate studies, I have realized that assessments should promote higher ordered thinking. I used to just memorize information for a test and I would be very stressed in doing so. In my graduate studies, I learned more than I ever thought possible and I was not scared or stressed out by my assessments (most of the time!).  I will incorporate more reflective and critical thinking assignments into the courses I teach because I have seen firsthand the results in student learning. I have such a solid foundation from my graduate studies, but have made a commitment to continually learning myself.

I have learned so much in this program and have the knowledge I need to move forward. I believe that using technology in education can make for a very powerful learning experience if used appropriately. Now that I am trained in doing so, I will share my knowledge with others. I am very excited for my future and am thankful that I had the opportunity to have such a sound education in educational technology.

Sign of Professionalism?

August 22nd, 2013 by Michael McVey

Just how easy do tools need to be to support teachers?

During a weekly Twiitter chat (#edtechchat held every Monday from 8 – 9 pm) a small debate erupted on this very point. A few teachers shared that if the tool wasn’t immediately transparent or was too complicated, they moved on to other tools.

However, Scott Messenger, a former teacher and founder of Common Curriculum, pushed back, asking, “If Ts ‘don’t have time’ to master complex tools, can we really call them professionals?” He went on to provide an example: “What if an accountant said they ‘didn’t have time’ to learn Excel and QuickBooks bc 2 complex?”

If we want to improve the public perception of our profession, we need to act more like educational professionals and that means reseraching and learning to use the tools we need to do our work well.