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EDDL 5101: Education Technology for Learning

This online, applied course is designed to provide educators with knowledge, skills and experience in implementing educational technology into a pedagogically sound learning environment. Education Technology for Learning is intended to be a general launching point for your own exploration and learning about information technology (IT). EDDL 5101 emphasizes the critical evaluation and pedagogical design aspects of integrating technology in instruction. This course takes a hands-on approach to identifying and evaluating appropriate technologies and resources to support teaching and learning in any education context. The course emphasizes planning and developing instruction that integrates technology. Because the world of technology is complex, and especially so in education, it is challenging to design a course of study that is right for all students. You, and every other student, bring with you a unique set of experiences and interests that enhance your learning and determine your individual learning needs. The goal of Educational Technology for Learning is to provide the starting ground for your personal development with educational technology.

Learning outcomes

  • Evaluate current models, modes, and theories of education delivery that integrate digital technologies
  • Examine Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and methods and strategies as they apply to online teaching and learning
  • Employ digital technologies to share documents, resources and experiences with other students and educators
  • Apply ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in education with students and colleagues.
  • Design evidence- based instructional activities that integrate technology.
  • Critically employ digital technologies to create resources that facilitate and support instructional activities from a variety of worldviews

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Getting Started—Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Unit 2: Digital Literacy—Locating Digital Resources
  • Unit 3: Digital Literacy—Critically Evaluating Educational Technology Resources
  • Unit 4: Digital Literacy—Professional Development and Personal Learning Networks
  • Unit 5: Exploring Digital Solutions—Asynchronous Teaching and Learning Tools
  • Unit 6: Exploring Digital Solutions—Synchronous Teaching and Learning Tools
  • Unit 7: Models and Barriers to Adoptions and Integration
  • Unit 8: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Unit 9: Engaging Learners—Theories and Models of Engagement
  • Unit 10: Instructional Design—Developing Technology Integration Plans and Storyboards
  • Unit 11: Developing Instructional Activities
  • Unit 12: Exploring Future Trends and Course Wrap-Up

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course.


To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 70% (B-) or higher in the course overall.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Beginning this Online Teaching & Learning program in Winter 2012, a student who receives a B- (70–74) or lower in two or more courses will be required to withdraw regardless of their grade point average, unless the program coordinator recommends otherwise.

Assignment 1: Community Engagement – Online Discussions and Blog Posts 20%
Assignment 2: Problem Identification: Digital Literacy 10%
Assignment 3: Exploring Digital Solutions: Teaching Models 20%
Assignment 4: Technology Integration Activity Design Plan 20%
Final Project: Technology Integration Activity Development (mandatory) 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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