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The Courses in My MAET Program

To obtain a Master’s of Art in Educational Technology (MAET), I was required to complete 10 3-credit classes.  I chose to take the classes on-line except in the summer where three courses were integrated together into one summer class.  I chose to do this as a hybrid summer cohort where I spent a couple of weeks on the Michigan State University campus and several weeks on-line with my teammates.  I began taking classes in the Spring of 2015 and will finish in the Spring of 2017.

TE 831 Teaching School Subject Matter with TechnologySpring 2015
Instructor: Jon M. Wargo Ph.D.

This is the first class I took for my Master’s degree.  It is a study of how digital technologies can be integrated into the different educational disciplines such as Mathematics and English Language Arts.  I learned how technology makes it easier to teach cooperative and project based learning. I examined the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) standards and how they effect instruction. For the final project, I remixed and re-mediated a lesson plan with the inclusion of technology and reported on the findings.

Summer Cohort Year 1 – A hybrid of on campus classes and on-line classesSummer 2015
Instructors: Mary Weaver and Liz Owen Boltz

CEP 810 Teaching for Understanding with Technology

Effective teachers decide what students need to know before designing lesson plans.  In this class, knowledge was defined as a deep understanding of content and not a list of facts to be recited.  Students gain a deep understanding of content by actively constructing knowledge. To integrate technology into a lesson, I learned that it is important to consider the TPACK framework or Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge.

CEP 811 Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education

In this class, I learned how technology can be adapted and used as a tool for teaching even when the technology was not originally intended to be used in education.  I had a chance to experience learning using only the internet for instruction and a MakerFaire which is a great way to use technology to teach creativity, exploration and innovation.  I examined my own classroom layout and dared to dream how I could re-create it using the ideas I learned in this course.

CEP 812 Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice

A wicked problem is a problem that seems impossible to solve.  In this class I had a chance to consider a wicked educational problem and work with a team to collect information, brainstorm possible solutions and agree on an answer to the problem.  I explored affinity spaces, a phrase coined by James Paul Gee who warns that learners in this environment need to be careful not to isolate themselves from alternative perspectives.

MI 830 Foundations of Serious GamesSpring 2016
Instructors: Carrie Heeter Ph.D. and Liz Owen Boltz

As a computer programmer, I was always interested in making games.  So I was really excited to take a class on serious games.  In this class, I learned that serious games have a purpose other than simply entertainment.  I explored the different aspects of a serious game including the formal constraints or rules of the game, the goals of the game, the environmental constraints or how to play the game, and the gaming context. For my final project, I made a serious game that teaches the fundamentals of good teamwork.

Summer Cohort Year 2 – A hybrid of on campus classes and on-line classesSummer 2016
Instructors: Danah Henriksen Ph.D. and Spencer Greenhalgh

CEP 800 Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings

How students learn has major implications for education and the use of technology in the classroom. In this class, I learned about the different learning theories including Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Sociocultural/Situative.  I learned that technology can provide authentic learning, helps students participate and engage and makes ideas stick.

CEP 815 Technology and Leadership

Leadership and knowledge of educational technology issues are fundamental to the appropriate and successful utilization of technologies in the educational setting.  In this class, I focused on professional development strategies, project management and design, and building relationships.  I explored issues in educational technology, including gamification in the classroom.

CEP 822 Approaches to Educational Leadership

As a leader in educational technology, I should be continually improving my skills and knowledge of current technological trends in education.  In this class, I learned how to research key issues by interviewing a sample population and analyzing the results.  I also learned how to organize and present research information by saving class work to a web site.

CEP 818 Creativity in Teaching and LearningFall 2016
Instructors: Carmen Richardson and Cui Cheng

I consider myself to be a very creative person and I have always valued creativity in my classroom. After all, writing computer programs is a creative process. So I was very interested in taking a class on creativity. This class reinforced my use of creativity and taught me the value of it. I also learned how important it is to teach creativity to my students and to use creativity in designing lesson plans.

CEP 807  Proseminar in Educational TechnologySpring 2017
Matthew J. Koehler Ph.D., Spencer Greenhalgh and Aric Gaunt

This class is the capstone class to a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. It is the opportunity to look back over the classwork of the courses I completed. I had the opportunity to examine all of the projects and papers I wrote and to reflect on how it has changed the way I teach computer programming.  I created this website to organize and showcase the information and make it available as a reference to myself and my fellow instructors.