ED 659, Technology Tools for Educators

Multimedia Tools for Teachers
ED 659 FM1 (3 Credits

Fall 2017

Prerequisites: Students must be admitted into the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Education Master’s of Education Program or Online Innovation and Design (ONID) or obtain instructor approval to enroll in this course.

Location:                             Google Hangout

Meeting Time:                  Thursday, 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Instructor  Information

Instructor:                           Don Peterson
Office Location:                 OUP 162 and by appointment
Office Hours:                     Monday, Wednesday 10 am- 1 pm, and by Appointment
Phone:                                 907-474-5761
Email:                                   dtpeterson@alaska.edu

Course Readings/Materials

There is not a required textbook; instead, we will utilize research-based journal articles. This allows us to review and analyze some of the current research regarding our work. These articles are available through the UAF Rasmuson Library or you may email me for the pdf versions of the readings.

Required Readings:

Education and the Role of the Educator in the Future. (2010). Phi Delta Kappan, 92(4), 15-21.

SCHULTE, B. (2011). Hybrid Schools for the iGeneration. Education Digest, 77(1), 22-26.

Middleton, D. (2010). Putting the Learning into E-learning. European Political Science, 9(1), 5-12. doi:10.1057/eps.2009.37

Schrand, T. (2008). Tapping into Active Learning and Multiple Intelligences with Interactive Multimedia: A Low-Threshold Classroom Approach. College Teaching, 56(2), 78-84.

Schüler, A., Scheiter, K., & Genuchten, E. (2011). The Role of Working Memory in Multimedia Instruction: Is Working Memory Working During Learning from Text and Pictures?. Educational Psychology Review, 23(3), 389-411. doi:10.1007/s10648-011-9168-5

Recommended Readings: 

Issa, N., Schuller, M., Santacaterina, S., Shapiro, M., Wang, E., Mayer, R., & DaRosa, D. (2011). Applying multimedia design principles enhances learning in medical education. Medical Education, 45(8), 818-826. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.03988.x

MAI, N., TSE-KIAN, N., & FUI-THENG, L. (2011). Developing an Interactive Multimedia-mediated Learning Environment Using Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction in a Malaysian Classroom. International Journal Of Instructional Media, 38(4), 379-389.

Tsung Juang, W. (2010). Educational Benefits of Multimedia Skills Training. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 54(1), 47-57. doi:10.1007/s11528-009-0363-x

Mai, N., & Tse-Kian, N. (2009). Engaging students in multimedia-mediated Constructivist learning — Students’ perceptions. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 12(2), 254-266.

Özdemir, S. (2010). Supporting printed books with multimedia: A new way to use mobile technology for learning. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 41(6), E135-E138. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01071.x

Course Description:

Multimedia is an extremely valuable tool in teaching and learning with today’s visual students. ED 659 is designed to introduce a wide variety of multimedia tools and then build a major project with the tool(s) of choice. The first portion of the semester will be introducing particular multimedia tools, software applications, and theory; the second will be devoted to building a major project using the appropriate tools. Student projects will be presented to the class as the final exam.

The project will be of the student’s design, with instructor approval. Examples include a complete website for a classroom, a DVD of student-produced videos, a series of interactive lessons, a published eBook, etc.

ED 659 is now a blended course with some students working toward an Education Masters Degree, some working toward ONID and others taking the course independently. One of the requirements for all students is to collaborate with class members (including on-campus students) by commenting on products on individual student sites/blogs This will naturally require that student products be completed in a timely manner, regardless of locale.

Alignment with School of Education Mission:

The School of Education prepares educators to work in urban and rural Alaska and to work with K-12 students from many backgrounds, with a particular focus on Alaska Native languages and cultures. We are particularly committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for Alaska’s rural and Native populations. Through the UAF rural campuses, we are responsive to local and regional needs within the state.

Through our programs and professional development courses, we promote the following goals:

  • Increase the number of qualified educators for Alaska’s schools
  • Enhance the professional skills of Alaska’s K-12 educators
  • Develop and support ongoing systemic educational collaborations with Alaska schools and communities
  • Conduct collaborative research on cross-cultural and multicultural education

This course supports the UAF School of Education’s mission by providing students with the skills necessary to design thoughtful individualized instructional environments utilizing technologies and strategies appropriate to all learners. Students will acquire skills in the management and implementation of technology that will enhance their professional qualifications based on ISTE and Alaska teacher standards for technology and instructional design.

Course Goals:

  1. Consider the appropriate uses and applications of specific technological tools.
  2. Critically review current and emerging multimedia technologies for use in educational settings.
  3. Explore current multimedia technologies and the possible influence of culture on such technologies.
  4. Research current literature in the areas of multimedia technologies and related issues.
  5. Create a process allowing for consistent appraisal of current and emerging multimedia tools

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to use appropriate technology tools to implement instruction.
  • Participants will develop standards- and research-based skills and understanding about education technology and instructional design.
  • Participants will create a media-rich project for use in the classroom.

Instructional Methods:

Instructional methods used in this course include lecture, small group discussion, and application of instructional technology. In this course, we will be immersed in a myriad of web-based tools throughout the course.

 Course Calendar: (Tentative!)

31 AugCourse Overview

Web Design-Google Sites, WordPress, Squarespace, etc., etc.

7 SeptDigital Stills & Graphics

Format, Use, Creation

iPhoto, Preview, Sumo Paint, Picasa, Skitch, SnagIt, Comic Life, Picasa, variety of apps

14 SeptDigital Video

Formats, storyboard, camera techniques, editing techniques, export

5 OctScreen Capture
12 OctTutorial Session
12 OctDiscussion of the role of technology in education
19 OctScreencasting
26 OctScreencasting
2 NovContinued discussion of the role of technology in education
9 NovWhiteboard/eBook
16 NovWhiteboard/eBook Presentations

Begin designing major individual project

23 NovThanksgiving Break
30 NovIndividual Projects
7 DecPresentation of Major Project


Additional resources are also available at:



Participation: Posting assignments to websites or blogs are required. Actively participating in your classmate’s electronic communication is important for you and your fellow students. We will engage in conversations, activities, and assignments based on your growing understanding of what it means to be an active inquirer/researcher in various digital settings.

Missing more than one posting deadline will affect your grade. Please email me if you do miss a posting deadline.

Academic Honesty: The University of Alaska Fairbanks policies are in effect in this class. Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Unethical behavior such as plagiarism or using others’ work without appropriate acknowledgment in presentations, papers, or other course assignments is not tolerated.

Research must be conducted in a professional manner; this includes the write-up and the inclusion of the proper citations and formatting.

Students who fail to follow academic integrity policies may be given failing grades. Plagiarism has several definitions but simply put it is the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work.

If you are uncertain about proper documentation of sources or citations, please discuss this with me. If you quote or paraphrase someone else’s ideas, opinions, theories, evidence, or research you must give the source credit. For instance parts of this syllabus were based on the work of Dr. Melissa Rickey

Ethics, Professional Conduct, Courtesy and Respect for others is an expected norm in any setting and is the norm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The use of the American Psychological Association (APA) approved guidelines for ethical behavior is actively encouraged in regard to respectful language usage (i.e., gender, age, ableness, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, or other cultural factors).

Late Assignments: Points may be deducted for assignments turned in late. Contact the instructor as soon as possible regarding any late work. Please remember that classmates can’t view and comment on assignments not posted


 Grading follows UAF academic regulations which can be found at

http://www.ufa.edu/catalog//current/academics/regs1.html we will utilize the following percentages when assigning grades.

GradePercentage %

 Assignments (Tentative):

AssignmentDescription% of Grade
1Create a web site (any authoring application may be used) with an introductory landing page and a page for each assignment. Set the privileges so that classmates can comment. Create a custom logo. uh10
2Take 6 quality photos-2 for printing, 2 for monitor display, and 2 for web publishing. At least one must have appropriate text.  A photo cannot be used more than once. Post the link on your web site.

Include a description of how the photos were manipulated and why. Describe what you were intending to convey. Include ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Describe the role of working memory in a picture and text setting.

3Create a three video series that teach related tasks. Common elements include intros, outros, logos, etc. to indicate the videos are in a series. Publish the videos.10
4Create a three document series of screen captures that teach related computer tasks. Annotate as appropriate.10
One of the goals of this class is to develop an understanding about education technology and instructional design. In addition to the “how” of multimedia creation, it is important to examine the “why.” Based on the readings, write a 6-8 page paper that defines elearning and examines the benefits and pitfalls of elearning inception.10
5Create a screen recording/screencast series of three episodes that teach computer-related tasks. Include features like callouts, video actions, text, etc. as appropriate. Include common elements similar to the above videos. Publish the screencasts.10
6Create a whiteboard presentation or eBook utilizing an iPad (or other tablet) app.10
7Create a major project that incorporates appropriate technologies. Students may work individually or in small groups. The topic(s) will be agreed upon by the student and instructor.


Describe how your project maximizes the benefits of education technology and minimizes the potential problems.


The project may not necessarily be completed but items created will demonstrate that the skill set is in place for completion.


Student Support Services:

For assistance, tutoring service and other student support resources please visit the website http:/www.uaf.edu.edu/sssp/index.html.

 Disability Statement:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Students who have special needs or disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services (208 WHIT, 907-474-5655). Please do not hesitate to talk with the instructor about special needs. I am committed to working with disability services.

Title IX Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination