Here you can find a chronological list of the graduate courses I completed in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program at Michigan State University. Included is the title of the course, instructor(s) and an overview of key learnings.
*CEP = Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
CEP 810: Teaching for Understanding with Technology
Instructors: Nicole Zumpano & Mary Weaver | Fall 2017
Serving as my introduction to the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program, and the first of three required courses in completing my Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology, this course provided me with an overview of significant learning theories and emphasized the importance of maintaining a growth mindset and building my professional learning network (PLN) to continuously improve my professional practice. Most notably, the course introduced TPACK (the intersection of technology, pedagogy and content knowledge), a framework for optimal technology integration in teaching, which has consistently resurfaced throughout my graduate coursework.
CEP 811: Adapting Innovative Technologies in Education
Instructor: Melissa White | Fall 2017
Building on coursework from CEP 810, and serving as the second of three required courses in completing my Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology, this course explored maker culture — the notion that individuals are innately creators, rooted in constructivism and personalized learning theory. Throughout the course, I immersed myself in the act of “making” using Makey Makey, an interactive circuit board and invention kit and, ultimately, developed a lesson encompassing classroom redesign for optimal learning and an infographic depicting the components of maker education.
CEP 812: Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice
Instructors: Alison Keller & Andrew Steinman | Spring 2018
Serving as my final course in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology program, CEP 812 encapsulated categorically defining and proposing solutions to systemic problems in education. In collaboration with classmates and utilizing Warren Berger’s “Why/What If/How” problem solving process, as discussed in A More Beautiful Question, I researched and developed a proposal redefining the evolving role of educators. Additionally, I studied the impact that one’s infodiet has on their perception of the world and how curiosity can be fostered to enhance classroom learning experiences.
CEP 820: Teaching Students Online
Instructors: Dr. Anne Heintz & Cui Cheng | Spring 2018
With the rise of online education platforms, this course enabled me to delve into the study of online learning modes (e.g., blended learning, flipped classrooms, etc.), evaluate a multitude of learning management systems, study educational standards for developing online learning experiences, and create my own online learning module. Further, the course provided an opportunity to analyze the relationship between synchronous and asynchronous communication pertaining to learning strategies and investigate both the benefits and drawbacks of online education.
CEP 800: Learning in School and Other Settings
Instructor: Diana Brandon | Summer 2018
Focusing on the relationship between psychology and education, this course offered me the ability to dive deeper into several learning theories, including constructivism, schema theory, situated cognition theory, observational learning theory and behaviorism. While developing habits is crucial to success in any endeavor, this course provided the opportunity to study and practice Charles Duhigg’s “cue — routine — reward” process as outlined in his book, The Power of Habit. Utilizing key insights from the course, my final project culminated in developing my own personal theory of learning.
CEP 822: Approaches to Educational Research
Instructors: Cui Cheng & Swati Mehta | Summer 2018
This course helped me ascertain knowledge and insights on categories of research studies, research strategies, and methods for conducting research. Additionally, I selected and explored problem-based learning (PBL) as it relates to my teaching practice, and developed a research review project encompassing my findings. Overall, the course fostered my ability to make informed decisions rooted in empirical research.
CEP 818: Creativity in Teaching and Learning
Instructors: Andrea Zellner & Swati Mehta | Fall 2018
While creativity is often deemed difficult to define, this course focused on studying and utilizing proven thinking tools outlined in Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein’s Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People. The course helped me develop a greater understanding and clearer definition of creativity, while also infusing it in my coursework, including my final project — a synthesis video on creativity.
CEP 816: New Media Literacies for Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum
Instructors: Bill Marsland & Sarah Galvin | Fall 2018
Respecting today’s influx of digital tools in education, this course assessed the effectiveness and proper integration of new media text and tools in support of student learning. Utilizing visual literacy theory, multimedia learning theory, cognitive load theory and a multitude of new media text and tools, I developed a series of lessons on digital footprints to showcase my learnings.
CEP 815: Technology and Leadership
Instructors: Dr. Michael Lachney & Kyle Shack | Spring 2019
Currently enrolled in this course, I am obtaining qualitative knowledge on leadership styles and characteristics, equipping me with the skills necessary to grow into a technology leader.
CEP 807: Proseminar in Educational Technology
Instructors: Dr. Matthew Koehler & Aric Gaunt | Spring 2019
Serving as the final course in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program, CEP 807 has enabled me to examine my graduate study coursework through the development of an online portfolio. Additionally, it has provided the opportunity to review the work of my classmates and provide peer-feedback on their unfolding portfolios.
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