EdTech 502 Summer 2012: June 4 – July 29
3 Credit Online Course
Boise State University, Department of Educational Technology
EDTECH Website: http://edtech.boisestate.edu
Dr. Andy Hung
Phone: (208) 426-5542
Location: Room 327 of the College of Education Building
Virtual meetings by appointment through GMail Voice and Video Chat. http://mail.google.com/videochat (Works with BroncoMail)
Instructor E-Mail Response Time
I typically respond to e-mail daily Monday through Friday during the semester. Exceptions to this rule occur when there is a a holiday, BSU break, or during other unavoidable situations that sometimes come up (e.g. MLK day, spring break, power failure, out of town presenting a paper, etc.). If you send an e-mail during the week you should typically have a reply within 24 hours unless it is late Friday or the weekend. I catch up on weekend e-mail on Mondays. If you do not received a reply to your e-mail within a reasonable period of time please send it again. Sometimes e-mail is captured by SPAM filters, is addressed incorrectly, or just simply does not make it through. Also, check your own e-mail filters that screen out junk mail. In the past, my replies to students have sometimes been filtered out and they did not receive them until they checked the junk e-mail box.
Locate, retrieve, and evaluate information found on the Internet. Design and produce instructional Web pages using a combination of software and HTML/XHTML/CSS code. Apply appropriate instructional strategies and models to the design of digital curriculum.
After completing this course the student will be able to
- create Web pages using HTML authoring system;
- develop Web pages using CSS templates;
- create a default page for a website;
- apply file management skills to maintain local and remote Web site files and folders;
- write HTML, XHTML, and CSS code correctly so that it validates under W3C standards;
- copy and paste code into a Web page;
- write CSS to position Web page content;
- write and apply an external CSS style sheet to multiple Web pages;
- write and apply alternative style sheets;
- create a navigation menu for multiple Web pages;
- create graphics in the appropriate format for Web pages;
- modify images using image editing software;
- insert images correctly into Web pages;
- create client-side image maps;
- apply appropriate design principles to create professional looking websites;
- create accessible Web pages for individuals with disabilities;
- adhere to rules of netiquette when corresponding with others on the Internet;
- identify and apply copyright and fair use guidelines for website development;
- use Internet search tools to locate high-quality instructional content;
- develop appropriate rules of netiquette for a specified group of learners;
- develop a page of hot links to essential information about Web accessibility;
- develop an Internet scavenger hunt learning activity that integrates Internet resources;
- develop a Jigsaw cooperative learning activity that integrates Internet resources;
- develop an online learning activity for mobile devices;
- develop a WebQuest learning activity that integrates Internet resources;
- develop a virtual field trip learning activity that integrates multimedia an Internet resources.
Course Location and Login Information
This is an online course delivered via the Moodle course management system. The login page is located at: http://edtech.mrooms.org
Use your Boise State email address (include the “@u.boisestate.edu”) and your 9-digit student ID to login to Moodle. Problems with user name or password not working should mail EdTech Moodle Support at for assistance .
If you have forgotten your password, click the link below the login box, “lost password?” and you will be able to reset it.
When you login to Moodle look for a link to EDTECH 502-4172 The Internet for Educators (Summer 2012). The first day of the semester is June 4, 2012.
There are three required textbooks for this course.
Dreamweaver CS5.5:The Missing Manual
HTML, XHTML & CSS (Sixth Edition)
Visual QuickStart Guide
The Non-Designer’s Web Book: An Easy Guide to Creating, Designing, and Posting Your Own Web Site (Third Edition)
Authors: Robin Williams & John Tollett
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Please order your books immediately if you have not already done so. Here are two suggested vendors who can take your order online and send your books through the mail. If it turns out that one vendor cannot get books to you in a timely manner please cancel your order and look for another vendor.
Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium Suite
We use Adobe CS6 Design and Web Premium in the EDTECH program. This suite includes includes Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6 Extended, Acrobat X Pro, Flash CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Fireworks CS6, and InDesign CS6. In EDTECH 502 we will use Dreamweaver CS6 and Fireworks CS6. Please install all of these when you install the CS6 suite. Because Dreamweaver is only a tool to save time and efforts on HTML and CSS programming, same tasks can be completed using previous verions of Dreamweaver or text editing tools. Therefore, you can also use verions CS4, CS5, and CS5.5 for this course.
All instructional videos will be updated to CS6 in Fall 2012 and I will email everyone updated videos when they are done. Except for the Mobile Learning module, most updated videos just repeat same procedural steps in the version CS6.
Students are eligible for an academic discount on Adobe software. Software may be obtained at either of the following places:
- BSU Bookstore: http://www.boisestatebooks.com/ (Click the Software link under Technology)
- Academic Superstore: http://www.academicsuperstore.com/
System Requirements for Adobe CS6
Please check your computer to make sure that it will run the Adobe CS6 software: http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/design-web-premium/tech-specs.html
- Antivirus Software: It is critical to have up to date antivirus software installed and running on your computer.
- Free Software:
- 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
- Adobe Reader: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
- Flash Player: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/
- QuickTime Player: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
- Firefox Web Browser: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
- FireFTP (Firefox add on): http://fireftp.mozdev.org/
- Fangs Screen Reader Emulator (Firefox add on):http://www.standards-schmandards.com/projects/fangs/
Additional Technical Requirements
Internet Connection and FTP Capability
Of course, an up to date computer with 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.
We will be creating a series of Web pages over the semester and it will be necessary to FTP files to a Web server here at Boise State University. Dreamweaver uploads and downloads files through FTP (File Transfer Protocol). If you plan to work from a school or business location it may be necessary to request help from your network administrator. Sometimes FTP is blocked. Please be prepared for this possibility so that you can either get help or find a different place to do your assignments.
Alternative Website Space
Typically, we provide website space for students on the EDTECH2 server. However, sometimes things go wrong with the server or students are unable to FTP to it. This has sometimes been an issue for students who are outside of the United States. Please be prepared to obtain alternative website space if necessary. You may already have this as part of the Internet Service Provider subscription you are using. Free, or inexpensive website hosting is also quite easy to find.
Assignment Policy and Grading Scale
Detailed information about assignments and how to complete them will be posted in Moodle as we progress through the semester. The course schedule has been set up so that new assignments will be posted on Mondays. Due dates are always set for Tuesdays. Please check at least twice per week to read announcements since these can be posted at any time. Also, check your BSU BroncoMail (http://broncomail.u.boisestate.edu/) at least once per week for course related correspondence. The default email address in Moodle is your BSU email address. For help using your BroncoMail account please see: http://oit.boisestate.edu/email/
|2||XHTML 502.html page||75|
|3||External CSS page for 502.html||75|
|5||Web accessibility hot links page||75|
|6||Copyright scavenger hunt||75|
|7||Interactive concept map||75|
|9||Edtech home page: default.html||100|
|10||Virtual field trip||150|
|12||Participation in online discussions||50|
The assignments in this course have been aligned to the AECT standards: http://www.aect.org/standards/initstand.html
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||1.1.2.b Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.|
|8||1.1.2.c Integrate information literacy skills into classroom and media center instruction.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||1.1.2.d Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12||1.1.3.b Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||1.3.b Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||1.4.b Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11,12||2.3.2 Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||2.4.1 Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||2.4.2 Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.|
|4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11,12||2.4.4 Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.|
|2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12||2.4.5 Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.|
|6||3.4.3 Identify and apply copyright and fair use guidelines within practice.|
|6||3.4.5 Identify policies and regulations which apply to the utilization, application, and integration of distance delivery technologies.|
Final grades are based on the following scale.
|A||940 – 1000|
|A-||900 – 939|
|B+||870 – 899|
|B||840 – 869|
|B-||800 – 839|
|C+||770 – 799|
|C||740 – 769|
|C-||700 – 739|
|D+||670 – 699|
|D||640 – 669|
|D-||600 – 639|
|F||0 – 599|
Advanced Copies of Assignments
Please understand that I am continually updating and revising my course materials. Therefore, it is not feasible for me to provide advanced copies of assignments. Full assignment details will only become available at the beginning of each new assignment week. Assignments are posted at least one week prior to the due date.
An outline of topics and readings is available in the course schedule if you would like to read ahead.
Web page projects:Most of the assignments for EDTECH 502 are Web pages that are submitted by posting them on the discussion forums.
Discussions: Participation in class discussions is accomplished by posting in the Discussions forums in Moodle.
All assignments are graded together as a group to maintain a higher level of consistency. Grading begins on the first day after a due date and is completed before the next due date. You may track your progress through Grades in Moodle. All of the assignments are listed in Grades and points will be added as we progress through the semester. Announcements will be posted when assignments have been graded.
Due Dates: Please note that all assignment due dates fall on Tuesdays. Assignments must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on scheduled due dates. For time zone information please visit the World Clock Web site: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Point Deduction for Late Work: Ten points can be deducted for each day an assignment is late. For example, an assignment that is two days late will lose 20 points as a late penalty.
Emergency Pass: If you have a major event such as a death in the family, illness, hospitalization, or you are out of town without Internet, you may turn in one assignment under the emergency pass. This assignment may be up to one week late and still qualify for full credit. After the one week extension has passed ten points per day can be deducted until the assignment is no longer worth any credit.
Your Responsibility with Late Work: If you will be late for any reason please e-mail the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the scheduled due date. When the assignment is completed you must send a follow-up email to let the instructor know it is ready to grade. This is how we calculate the number of days for the late work penalty. Failure to notify the instructor could lead to a grade of zero.
Please Avoid End of Course Late Work: Please note that we work under University deadlines for submitting grades at the end of the semester. If you have an assignment that is late at the end of the semester there is a chance that it might not be in on time to make the deadline. In this situation, I have no choice but to grade whatever I have at that time and submit grades regardless of the late policy above. Please try to avoid this situation.
Plan Your Time: It is a good idea to schedule specific times to work on your assignments each week and keep the appointment with yourself. A three credit graduate course requires about 9 to 12 hours per week of work (This doubles during compressed summer sessions.) It is in your best interest to start early on each assignment to give yourself time to fix technical problems or get help before the due date passes.
On occasion, you may experience problems accessing Moodle or class files located within Moodle, Internet service connection problems, and/or other computer related problems. Do make the instructor aware if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework. If a problem occurs on our end, such as Moodle or EDTECH2 server failure, then an automatic due date extension is granted.
Any student who feels s/he may need accommodations based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. You will also need to contact the Disability Resource Centerat 208-426-1583 located in the Administration Building, room 114 to meet with a specialist and coordinate reasonable accommodations for any documented disability.
It is expected that students in this class will create original works for each assignment. We will follow the BSU Student Code of Conduct and also observe U.S. copyright laws in this course. Several great links to copyright information are available on the BSU Academic Technologies site at: http://itc.boisestate.edu/resource.htm
Please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Please do your own original work for each project. Projects that were created for other classes may not be submitted for credit in this course. 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 projects and other assignments should be composed in original text that is written by the student who is submitting it. 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 permitted.
- The practice of copying code from the instructor examples is strongly discouraged. It is best to write your own HTML/XHTML/CSS. The work you submit should be clearly unique and different from the instructor example code.
- Please cite the source 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.
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.).
Detailed assignment information is posted in Moodle on Mondays and due dates are on Tuesdays.
The instructor reserves the right to make minor changes to the schedule as needed.
The reading assignments for the semester are listed in the course schedule below using abbreviations for each book title. Please note that a dash denotes a series of pages (e.g. 21-37 means to read pages 21 through 37.) In some cases single pages are listed (e.g. 130 means to read page 130.) Pages that serve as additional reference that you should at least skim through are listed using the word “skim.”
- DWCS5.5 = Dreamweaver CS5.5 Missing Manual
- HTML = HTML, XHTML, CSS, Visual QuickStart Guide
- NDWeb = Non-Designer’s Web Book
|Week||Start Date||Topics and Major Assignments||Reading List||Due Date|
|1||June 4||Introduction to the Course
NDWeb: 15-30, 113-132, 155-161
|2||June 11||Getting Started with Dreamweaver, HTML, and XHTML
||DWCS5.5: 21-43, 713-725, skim 433-472
HTML: 55-68, skim 399-408, skim 419-429
|3||June 18||Getting Started with CSS in Dreamweaver
Typography on the Web
HTML: 119-129, 137-140, skim 409-416
HTML: 151-168, 174-177, 181-182, 184-185
|4||June 25||Accessibility on the Web
Copyright and Fair Use
HTML: 103-108, 146
|5||July 2||Images for Web Pages
Creating Tables for Web Pages
|DWCS5.5: 211-225, 233-251, 255-258
NDWeb: 167-183, 185-198
|6||July 9||Working with CSS Templates
HTML: 169-185, 141, 148
|7||July 16||Virtual Field Trip
||Online research for your project
NDWeb: 142-143, 145-152
||Online research for your project||July 29|
Please refer to the BSU Academic Calendar for University dates and deadlines:http://registrar.boisestate.edu/academic-calendar.shtml
College of Education – 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.
Department of Educational Technology Mission
The Department of Educational Technology supports the study and practice of facilitating and improving learning of a diverse population by creating, using, managing, and evaluating 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, and educational organizations in the private sector.