(Previously posted in Teaching Today, Digital & Print Editions, April 2012)
The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Technology program at Marian University has become a leader in Wisconsin for providing graduate students with hybrid and online courses. Since 2004, educational technology faculty members have worked with K-12 educators throughout the state to incorporate cutting-edge technology into their daily lessons as well as to engage and motivate students, with a “vision of ‘transforming lives through academic excellence, innovation and leadership’ captured in our commitment to preparation of the finest educator-leaders for Wisconsin and beyond” (Marian, 2011). Creating coursework and classes that motivate the learners, putting it into a student-friendly online format and providing the needed training, along with constant and consistent communication with the students, has helped make this a strong and desired program.
Faculty members at Marian are trained in the technology, design and delivery of online instruction, are prepared to teach in an online and hybrid environment and have developed a strong understanding of 21st century learners and skills. Educational Technology faculty members have experience teaching in the K-12 classroom as well as additional training in technology and e-learning. They have presented at local and state educator conventions including the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), Wisconsin Business Education Association (WBEA), Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE) and Supporting Learning And Technology in Education (SLATE), and at national conventions including Campus Technology (CT), FETC, Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Additionally, they have provided more than 45 staff development trainings on educational technology to schools throughout Wisconsin during the 2011-12 academic year.
The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Technology program is designed for K-12 educators to take what they are learning through their coursework and immediately apply it to their own classrooms. Educators become familiar with the technology infrastructure, hardware and software within their own schools. They are guided through the effective use of new media and on how to incorporate mobile technology, including iPad applications, within their own classrooms. The hybrid courses meet one Saturday per month and include asynchronous online components such as discussion threads, required readings, video clips, journal entries and use of other digital media that are conducted through the Marian Online 2 Moodle, a course management system. This format allows graduate students to learn on their own time and at their own pace with real applications and useful training via the e-learning environment functioning as a key component of the program.
This program is 30 credits and can be completed in approximately 18 months. It provides educators with an opportunity to reflect on current classroom practices and identify effective ways to integrate technology into the K-12 classroom while supporting student learning and addressing the Wisconsin Teaching Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). The School of Education is proud to announce that a new cohort is being formed for a 100 percent online program that will be offered to educators outside of Wisconsin beginning in the summer of 2012. Applications are now being accepted for the online and hybrid programs.
Marian University. (2011). Faculty resources [Web page]. Retrieved from http://soe.marianuniversity.edu
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