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Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity

Beginning in the summer of 2013 through the summer of 2015, I worked through the coursework of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. All of the courses below have quenched my curiosity and contributed to my growth and development in the areas of technology, teaching and learning.

East Lansing Summer Cohort 2013

CEP 810: Teaching for Understanding with Technology

Instructors: Craig McMichael, Laura Terry

This course introduced a key understanding of the MAET program- the intersection between technological, pedagogical and content knowledge or TPACK framework. I learned about becoming a connected learner and shared my personal learning network and strategies to build and take full advantage of that network. I also learned the importance of critically evaluating technology tools for education focusing on the affordances and constraints so that the tools can work symbiotically with pedagogy and content to create effective learning experiences. Within this course, I also was introduced to the key mindsets that are necessary for today’s learners including self-direction and growth mindset that enable the learner to thrive in the information rich world in which we live.

CEP 812: Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice

Instructors: Craig McMichael, Laura Terry

This course explored ways that I could use technology to address broader education related problems. I identified the properties of well-structured, ill-structured and wicked problems and how to solve them in my own educational setting. I collaborated with a think tank of colleagues to address a wicked problem in education specifically the importance of failure as a learning tool. Another key takeaway from this course was an analysis of technology integration that I conducted within my own individual context and then an action plan of how I could take steps to progress the teachers in my own building forward.

East Lansing Summer Cohort 2014

CEP 800: Learning in School & Other Settings

Instructors: Danah Henriksen, Jon Good

In this course, I used Daniel T. Willingham’s Why Don’t Students Like School? to discuss how people learn and psychological perspectives that affect the learning process. In this course, I actively reviewed current research and best practices associated with learning and used them to justify the instructional design choices that I make. One of the focuses in this course was to develop my DreamIT proposal which required me to synthesize my current learning experiences with my understanding of how people learn both inside and outside school settings to introduce a meaningful solution to a problem of practice.

CEP 815: Technology and Leadership

Instructors: Danah Henriksen, Jon Good

In this course, one of the key understandings was strategies for finding the right balance between all of the tensions of leadership while managing the relationships between teaching, learning and technology. I gained professional development strategies, steps for planning and project development and relationship building insight from this course. I studied current trends and issues in technology, education, and leadership and collaborated with a small group to create a webinar on a topic that engaged others in learning about and discussing these issues.

CEP 822: Approaches to Educational Research

Instructors: Danah Henriksen, Jon Good

In this course, I explored alternative approaches to educational research through our “Understanding Understanding” video research project. I realize the value of both utilizing and conducting research as an educator trying to improve my practice and identify effective strategies. I also gained a lot of information about identifying and combating misconceptions and misunderstanding in the learning and teaching process. Through this course, I realized how essential it is to reflect on my own practices so that I can continually improve.

Online Fall 2014

TE 846: Accommodating Differences in Literacy Learners

Instructor: Amanda Smith

In this course, I focused on developing the instructional and assessment practices necessary to support students with reading and writing at all levels. Through a focus student study, I applied specific intervention and remediation techniques and justified their application. I critically evaluated materials and curriculum to choose accommodations that meet the needs of all literacy learners. In connecting to my work, I gained insight in how to connect these literacy interventions and instruction into my content specific instruction.

Online Summer 2015

CEP 820: Teaching Students Online

Instructors: Trixi Beeker, Anne Heintz

In this course, I identified strategies and current trends for creating effective learning experiences through online, blended and hybrid courses. I investigated the affordances and constraints of various content management systems and effective teaching methodologies. To apply this learning, I created an online course that for use in my current practice and justified the course design. Within this course, I also learned ways to enhance collaboration and communication within a global online environment.

CEP 813: Electronic Assessment

Instructors: Spencer Greenhalgh, Paul Morsink

In this course, I have studied both historical and current assessment practices with a focus on how digital assessment can play a role in the classroom. I have explored digital tools that help enhance assessment and have looked critically at my own assessment practices in order to identify areas of improvement. I have designed assessments using the Backwards Design framework and worked towards a deeper understanding of formative assessment and its purpose in the classroom. I also explored more non-traditional assessment methods including game-based assessment and its affordances and constraints.

CEP 807: Capstone- Proseminar in Educational Technology

Instructors: Spencer Greenhalgh, Sarah Keenan, Matthew Koehler, Chris Seals

As the culmination course of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program, I focused on curating all of my work completed throughout my time in the program and presenting it in a professional way through a digital portfolio. Through peer feedback, I refined and produced high quality artifacts, a resume, reflective essays and more. I created a portfolio for sharing with colleagues, friends and other professionals that demonstrates my mastery of the concepts presented throughout the MAET program.

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