3rd year Summer Cohort

Ed Tech Master's degree

Michigan State University

June 22 - July 20, ??am - ??pm

Leysin Switzerland


Welcome to Leysin Switzerland for this intense 4-week session covering 9 credits and even more topics!


Topics Covered

We'll be covering a lot of topics in four weeks. Roughly speaking they fall into these main categories:

Advanced Professional Development

• Students present their action research projects

• Cautionary notes about technology and education

• Change and teachers

• Change and students

• Current trends in technology use

• Case studies of reform

Advanced Educational Psychology

• Different views of teaching and learning

• Relating these views to views of technology

• Aesthetics of teaching and learning

Advanced Educational Technology

• Views on the role of educational technology

• Putting technology skills to use in design

Advanced Technology Exploration

• Digital video

• Movie making

• Dynamic Web-Serving (optional)

Major Activities

What will we be doing? Well, we'll be:

  • Reading (25% of your grade) – There will be daily readings assignments. We will provide the readings to you in .pdf form. They will be available from the calendar on the appropriated date. Students are expected to complete all readings and be prepared for discussion before class. Evaluation of your reading will be based on your contributions to class discussion and the degree that you incorporate ideas from readings into your projects.

  • Discussing (10% of your grade) - We'll have discussion every day, whether it's about the readings, or sharing progress on projects. Be prepared to engage and participate in these discussions.

  • Learning Technology (15% of your grade) – There will be many opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in digital video and dynamic web server technology. We expect you to take advantage of these opportunities and to make significant advances through the course.

  • Projects (40% of your grade) - We will work in groups to develop Ideos (Idea based videos). These videos will be short (2-5 minutes) pieces that exemplify some major idea in educational technology or educational psychology. More on this in the project sections.

  • Collaborating (10% of your grade) - Collaboration happens in two ways. Within groups you will be working to create your Ideos. Being a helpful part of the team counts for a lot in this class. Also, you will be asked to provide constructive feedback to other teams.


Projects (Ideos - Idea based videos)

Students will work in groups to develop two short idea-based videos (or Ideaos). The goal is to take some idea or theme, and develop a video for that theme that inspires people.

We will provide the theme for the first video, and your group will propose the theme for the second video. We're going to provide the technology and basic skills training, but you're going to further develop your technology skills what can best be defined as "learning by doing."

We will share drafts of our videos, critique and revise each other's work, and by the end of the semester, we will take hollywood by storm (or at least Leysin)!

For the first project, each group will work on the same theme. We are tentatively planning for the he title of your movie to be "Teaching is _______" (you're allowed to fill in the blank).

The subject matter of the second movie will be proposed by each group. It should, however, be something to do about education, technology, teaching or learning.

In addition to a short video, the Ideo project also includes “directors’ commentary.” In this commentary, you discuss in detail the ideas and choices that went into the making of your Ideo. You will discuss what you are trying to accomplish and explain the filming and editing choices you made. In essence, you should treat this commentary as an analysis of teaching.


Calendar of Events

The day to day operations of the class will be conducted through the calendar. You can get there by clicking on the calendar link in the left-hand column.


Email Matt
Learning Technology and Culture
College of Education
Michigan State University

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