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ETEC 511: Foundations of Educational Technology (core course)


“This case-based course addresses the cultural-historical, ecological-natural, ethical-personal, existential-spiritual, sociopolitical and technical-empirical dimensions of technology with implications for curriculum and instructional design. How, why and to what degree have media and technology been incorporated into, or changed by, education and what foundations underlie these processes? The course is designed from a basis that educational media and learning technologies are not merely tools; educational premises are neither fully durable nor pliable; and actors or agents of education are not merely humans. It begins with an exploration of instructional design and case-based reasoning, proceeds through disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations of e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, and new media and concludes with the relatively neglected existential-spiritual dimension."

*We recommend that students complete the four required core courses as early in your program as possible.


Our intention is to encourage you to examine your own biases toward the foundations of media and technology, and a major effort will be in providing you with a background for research into the foundations of e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, and new media. We will also emphasize e-Learning and ET with SOUL (slow online ubiquitous learning).


  • Module 1 - Introduction / The Definition of Educational Technology
  • Module 2 - The Instructional Design of Educational Technology
  • Module 3 - The History and Philosophy of Educational Technology
  • Module 4 - The Ethics & Jurisprudence of Educational Technology
  • Module 5 - The Politics & Sociology of Educational Technology
  • Module 6 - The Psychology & Phenomenology of Educational Technology
  • Module 7 - The Ecology & Nature of Educational Technology
  • Module 8 - The Spirituality of Educational Technology


1. Participation in Online Activities (20%) - Ongoing
2. Discourse Leadership @ Case Study (40%) - 17 Nov
3. Scholarly Essay or Essay Review (40%) - 1 Dec


Assignment #1 - Discourse Leadership @ Case Study (40%)

Choose one week and topic on the schedule and in coordination with the module develop a case study for K-12 students.
Format: Group Project— groups of 4.

Assignment #2 – Scholarly Essay (40%)

Choose a topic that corresponds with one of the weekly topics (i.e., foundations) or themes and write a scholarly paper exploring media and technology in education (i.e., apps, artifacts, devices, problems, processes, trends, etc.). The essay should
provide a clear, cogent, concise exploration or case study of the topic (e.g., topics within or about e-learning, educational technology, learning technologies, ICT, new media, instructional design, curriculum design, etc.). Take a position (state a thesis or :argument) and provide evidence, through examples and narrative, to support the position. Be creative and choose a topic that really interests you!:


Essay Review (40%)

Choose a topic that corresponds with one of the weekly topics (i.e., Jurisprudence of ET) or themes and write an essay review exploring the foundations of ET. Drawing on 7 - 10 carefully selected and relevant research articles or a smaller number of
books (2 - 3), write a critical essay review on a topic within or about ET, ID, e-Learning, new media, etc. Establish the purpose for your review and the approach you will use in the introduction. Provide enough of a summary of each source (article, book, etc.) :so that the readings are understandable to a general reader of your essay. The purpose of your review should establish the basis of your analysis / synthesis. You may choose to critique the articles and texts based on some of the assigned course readings. :Strive for clarity and conciseness in your writing by trying to keep your audience in mind.


  • Required Text: ETEC 511 Readings (in the Blackboard learning shell)


History of Educational Technology

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