EdTech 521: Online Teaching in the K-12 Environment

Summer 2014

Course Description

Examines research-supported practices in online teaching and learning in the K-12 environment. Emphasizes online teaching tools, caseload management, learner engagement, and individualized instruction.



Course Information:
EDTECH 521: Teaching Online in the K-12 Environment
Summer 2014, Section 4172 Online

Instructor Information:

Dr. Teresa Dove
Boise State University
Email: teresadove@boisestate.edu

Office Hours:
By appointment. Feel free to IM me through Google Chat when I’m online anytime

Course Description: This course will introduce you to the theory and practice of online teaching and learning and specifically addresses this concept as it relates to learners in the K-12 environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding online teaching tools, managing the virtual student caseload, engaging the online learner, and individualizing instruction in the virtual classroom.

Course Goals: Participants will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to teach in a K-12 virtual school setting using the Internet as a conduit for instruction. In addition, participants will develop the skills necessary to supplement existing lessons with asynchronous and synchronous activities designed to meet individual learner needs.

Course Objectives (AECT Standards Addressed, ISTE Standards Addressed):
At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to create and sustain an online community of learners.
  • Identify and apply effective written and verbal communication strategies.
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate uses of asynchronous and synchronous online teaching tools (i.e. threaded discussions, wikis, multimedia presentation tools, web conferencing tools).
  • identify and summarize effective ways to manage the virtual student caseload.
  • Apply strategies for engaging learners in a virtual environment through reflective and hands-on activities.
  • Apply strategies in data analysis techniques designed to assist in individualizing instruction.
  • Identify strategies to differentiate instruction (i.e. learning styles, adaptive/assistive technologies, pacing, supplemental activities and remediation).
  • Develop online learning activities that successfully engage learners and are appropriate to their grade level and content area.
  • Develop and deliver asynchronous and synchronous lessons that use appropriate and effective multimedia design elements.

Required Textbooks

Rice, K. (2011). Making the move to K-12 online teaching: Research-based strategies and practices. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
ISBN-10: 0132107619
ISBN-13: 9780132107617
Associated Website: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/rice1e

Conrad, R. & Donaldson, J. A. (2011). Engaging the online learner: Activities and resources for creative instruction. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
ISBN: 978-1-1180-1819-4

Pallof, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2004). Collaborating online: Learning together in community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
ISBN: 0787976148

Optional Textbooks

Moore, M. & Kearsley, G. (2005). Distance education: A systems view. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
ISBN: 0-534-50688-7

Pallof, R. M. & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online learning communities: Effective Strategies for the Virtual Classroom, 2nd Edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
ISBN: 978-0-7879-8825-8

Finkelstein, J. E. (2006). Learning in Real Time: Synchronous Teaching and Learning Online. San Franscisco: Jossey-Bass.
ISBN: 978-0-7879-7921-8
Texts may be ordered through one of the following:

This is an online course requiring a computer with speakers and an Internet connection. Minimum hardware requirements for the EDTECH online courses may be located at:

Software for This Course: (Many of these are free.)
Current software requirements for the EDTECH program: http://edtech.boisestate.edu/web/hardware.htm

Please do not pay full price for your software!!! An academic discount is available for students and teachers with proof of eligibility. The academic price shaves hundreds of dollars from the original cost.

Here are two places where you can obtain the academic (lower priced) versions of the software:

Antivirus Software: Please make sure to have up to date antivirus software installed and running on your computer.

Popup Blocker: This is highly recommended. Google has one built into their free toolbar if you want to try it: http://toolbar.google.com/T4/index_pack.html

Free Software: Please make sure that the following are installed and up to date on your computer.

Internet Connection: Of course, an Internet connection is required to participate in this online course. If you have a high speed connection it is preferable to dial-up access. If you only have dial-up access you can still get by, but patience is a virtue when waiting for files to download.

Course Policies

Time Management: An online course can take a considerable amount of time. For this reason, I would strongly suggest beginning each assignment early. Work on it regularly over the week rather than waiting until the last day or two. This will allow you to have the chance to work out problems or get help if needed.

Participation: Depending on the class activities, you are responsible for completing weekly assignments, participating in discussion groups, and checking in to the course site on a consistent basis.

Assignments: You will always be given explicit instructions on where to send your assignments. Assignment dates will always be found in the activities part of the course. If you wish to complete an assignment prior to the due date, you may (however, a group assignment must be completed during the week assigned OR upon approval of every member of the group). I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE ASSIGNMENTS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. This applies especially to assignments that require participation and interaction with classmates (i.e discussion forums, collaborative projects, peer review and evaluation). PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS POLICY AND SUBMIT YOUR WORK ON TIME.

Backing up your files: You will be offered several ways to save your work online. However. and this is important, you should always save your work on another storage device on your own computer. I cannot stress this enough . . .

Faculty Initiated Drop: Please be advised that if you do not “attend” class at least once during the first week, I will drop you from class. Since this is an online course, this requirement means that you MUST be present in our Moodle course site during the first week and participate in the activities.

Incompletes: Please be advised that I strictly follow the rules for incompletes. In order for me to give you an incomplete in this course, the following two criteria MUST be met.

  • Your work has been satisfactory up to the last week of the semester.
  • Extenuating circumstances make it impossible for you to complete the course before the end of the semester

In order to receive an incomplete, we must create a contract stipulating the work you must do and the time in which it must be completed for you to receive a grade in the class. The contract time may not exceed one year. If no grade other than incomplete has been assigned one year after the original incomplete, the grade of ‘F’ will automatically be assigned. The grade of ‘F’ may not be changed without the approval of the University Appeals Committee. You may not remove the incomplete from your transcript by re-enrolling in the class during another semester. A grade of incomplete is excluded from GPA calculations until you receive a final grade in the course. If I assign a grade of incomplete you will received an email notification that you have “Registrar To Do Items” on BroncoWeb.

Student Code of Conduct: It is expected that students in this class will create original works for each assignment. We will follow the BSU Student Code of Conduct. In the event of academic dishonesty a complaint is filed with the BSU Student Conduct Office with supporting documentation. This complaint remains on file and actions may be taken against the student (e.g., loss or credit, grade reduction, expulsion, etc.).

We will also observe U.S. copyright laws in this course. Several great links to copyright information are available on the BSU Academic Technologies site a http://itc.boisestate.edu/resource.htm
In addition to the above, please respect the following guidelines:
Please submit original work for each project. Projects that were created for other classes may not be submitted for credit in EDTECH 521. Each project may only be submitted for credit one time by the person who created it. The BSU Student Code of Conduct states: “Academic dishonesty also includes submitting substantial portions of the same academic course work to more than one course for credit without prior permission of the instructor(s).”

All project text should be original text written by the student who is creating the project. The exception to this is the use of small amounts of quoted material that is properly cited. Copying and pasting from other Web sites or projects (including the instructor’s examples) is not allowed.

Images and sound clips used in projects should be original, or used with permission of the owner, or come from the public domain. Please check “terms of use” on sites containing these items.
Please cite the source(s) for materials that are obtained for your projects unless they are created by you. If permission is granted for use of copyrighted materials please post a statement explaining that near those materials.

I occasionally use Blackboard “Safe Assignment” and other plagiarism detection utilities to test random assignments. Contact me if you have any questions regarding this issue.
Thank you for abiding by the Course Policies.

Boise State University’s conceptual framework, “The Professional Educator,” establishes our shared vision in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and accountability.

The Professional Educator
Boise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles and dispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents, and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effective approaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments that prepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflective practitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners.

The Department of Educational Technology contributes to this vision by emphasizing the following:

The Department of Educational Technology supports the study and practice of facilitating and improving learning of a diverse population by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Believing technology is a tool that enhances and expands the educational environment, we promote the use of current and emergent technologies for teaching and learning in a dynamic global society. Educational technologists are leaders and innovators, serving in institutions of higher education, public or private school settings, federal, state or local educational agencies, community organizations, and the private sector.

Grades are based on assignments, projects, and participation in online discussions. Point values are specified when the assignments are posted. You can check your grades in Moodle to track your progress. Grades are updated regularly throughout the semester.
Final letter grades will be based upon the following scale:

Highest Lowest Letter
100.00 100.00 A+
99.99 93.00 A
92.99 90.00 A-
89.99 87.00 B+
86.99 83.00 B
82.99 80.00 B-
79.99 77.00 C+
76.99 73.00 C
72.99 70.00 C-
69.99 67.00 D+
66.66 60.00 D
59.99 00.00 F


Modification of the Syllabus and Schedule
I reserve the right to modify the syllabus and schedule at any time. Notice of any change will be emailed and posted as an announcement.

How to Get Help
If you have questions or need help please contact your instructor by phone, email, or by posting a note on the class discussion board. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours on weekdays. Weekend messages will be answered on Mondays by the end of the day.


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