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Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

SLO #1 Apply knowledge of multicultural, ethical & legal issues pertaining to using ICT with the global community.

ETEC 525. Digital Culture and Society
  • Artifact 1: Gender Inequality in Educational Technology
    • Analyze issues of inequality pertaining to information technologies and media.  The use of technology can reduce the barriers. Some are better than others, but the inequality exists. 
  • Artifact 2: Short Paper on Social Media and Medicine
    • Information technologies and media influence the lives of learners.  There are benefits and consequences when the use is not fully understood.
Taking ETEC 525 has opened my mind to the social and cultural implications of information technologies and media.  The use of social media like Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and many others, have many unaware impact to people.  I believe social media does bring people around the world closer but it appears to distance people emotionally.  People starts to lose the close connection that face-to-face emotional connection.  Also, as more people becomes dependent on the technology, third party may harvest the information gathered from the many end users and use the information to their advantage, like targeted advertisement.  I hope we as a society of information technologies and media consumer, needs to slow down and pay more attention to how it impacts our daily lives.  They need to be able to critically evaluate the technology and determine it benefits and consequences.  Once they can fully understand the technology impact, they can be the master of the technology instead being captive to it.

SLO #2 Synthesize leadership principles within the practice of information and educational technology.

ETEC 530. Leadership in Technology & Media
  • Artifact 1: Education Five-Year Technology Plan
    • This a mock 5-year plan for implementing technology in an organization.  It helped me learn to organize and project my project idea in a structured plan.
  • Artifact 2: Leverage Your Personality Type
    • In order to define effective leadership attributes necessary to lead, I need explore my own personality.
After taking the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test, my personality type is ISTJ (Introvert, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging).  Understanding my personality and realizing how I act to certain cues have helped me be a better leader.  I learned to discover my shortcoming and my strengths.  I am not very effective at making decision right on the spot, but perform much better when I can evaluate the situation to generate an effective recommendation.  Knowing this, I would be a horrible Emergency Room doctor that needs to make split second decision to save a life.  On the other side, I do well at evaluating, planning, managing, and implementing technologies effectively.  The entire process requires careful research and systematic steps from beginning to finish.  During this process, I can identify issues related to design, implementing, and managing the technology.  Also, provide solutions to eliminate or minimize the potential issues.  Lastly, I learned to seek and create proposal for technology-related funding.

SLO #3 Apply instructional design principles to locate, evaluate and develop educational materials.

ETEC 570. E-Learning Design & Development

When I took this course, I had to spend extra time, trying to understand the instructional design principles.  In addition, adding various educational technologies that would take person months to learn (Dreamweaver, ZebraZapps, and Adobe Flash) to the mix was adding gasoline to the fire.  I recalled spending many late nights trying to understand the design principles and trying to demonstrate what I have learned by creating applications using various technologies with no to very little prior experience.  Even with the technical difficulties behind learning the technology, apply the principles were very challenging but not achievable.  Creating web pages were created using Adobe Dreamweaver.  Creating interactive materials for instructional and evaluation purposes were done by using ZebraZapps.  There were other technologies used but these were the two top challenges.  Learning these skills have helped me with my current career.  I can create instructional interactive videos using some of the principles learned in instructional design.

SLO #4 Integrate theoretical perspectives to review, interpret, and apply research in educational technologies.

ETEC 510. Foundations of Educational Technology
EDP 520. Quantitative Research Methods

  • Artifact 1: Learning Theories
    • Identify learning and instructional theories and their applications to technology-enhanced instruction.  Compared three approaches to learning and instruction: behavioral, cognitive information processing, and constructivism.
  • Artifact 2: Literature Review: Gender in Computer Mediated Learning
    • Identify and analyze prominent issues in technology and media.  Conducted a literature review of an emerging issue related to educational technology and media.
I wrote a paper to compare three approaches to learning and instruction.  I could identify web application that model each of the three approaches.  By doing so, I could identify the factors that influence learning, how the web-based application can play an important role in learning and instruction, evaluate the way instruction was structured, how to evaluate that learning occurred, feedback from the web application to encourage learning and lastly, determined the transfer of knowledge.  This provided the foundation of how I could determine how a student learn.  The next step was to evaluate emerging issues in educational technology.  To do so, a literature review was written.  This was one of my many struggles in the course.  Trying to narrow down a topic so I could easily management was very difficult.  It did not help when the instructor announced that the literature review was a signature assignment.  This brought another layer of stress, which was good in way.  It motivated me to plan my time wisely to complete the assignment.  The assignment was written successfully after many revisions.

SLO #5 Demonstrate effective written, electronic, and oral communications that reflect critical thinking and information literacy.

ETEC 523. Information and Digital Literacies
  • Artifact 1: BYU’s Copyright Tutorial
    • Digital citizenship.
  • Artifact 2: ITSE Standard #1 - 6
    • Communicate and collaborate with students, colleagues, resource personnel, and families to provide learners equitable access to state-adopted academic content standards.
    • Each of the ITSE Standard has an artifact to illustrate the requirement.
This course touches most, if not all, of the student learning outcomes.  It explored many web 2.0 tools to help illustrate the SLOs.  The one topic that caught my attention was the digital citizenship.  Thinking back at the education journey, I cannot recall any formal classroom objectives that taught me about digital citizenship.  It may be because of my generation.  The Internet is a new entity.  I used snail mail to send my love notes to my significant other over great distance.  The phone had cord that attached the headset to the base unit.  I simply did not have an online presence.  Seeking information means walking several libraries and photo copying resources.  If one did not have the needed resource, I had to drive to the next library.  Now, digital citizenship plays a critical role.  I learned that online rhetoric could be just as hurtful and damaging as face-to-face.  Looking back, this course provided the foundation for information and digital literacies that need to be learned.  Also, the course allowed me to experiement creating media rich presentation through the use of JING, iMovie, Screancastomatic and a few others.  The challenges that I faced was trying to learn the technology while applying it within a given short period of time.

SLO #6 Locate, assess, and apply online resources to create learning experiences.

ETEC 551. Education and the Internet
  • Artifact 1: Making Web Page
    • Learned how modern technology tools are used to design and manage Internet-based educational content for delivery to students.
  • Artifact 2: Web Design Evaluation
    • Identified exemplary educational Web sites.
The course provided me the groundwork to create, management and critically evaluate the web design of others.  I became the creator, no longer just observer.  I can create web contents to share with others.  The course provided the foundation necessary to use the Internet as an educational tool.  The Internet is vast with both good quality and no so great resources.  I can evaluate a web design by going through a systematic process to determine its quality.  Then based on what I learned from the analysis, I can create my own website with the proper use of web-authoring tools.  My website can be used to enhance learning or as a communication channel.  In this course work, I saw the value of comparing web-authoring tool side by side by creating the same content.  This gives an insight to which tool is easier to create webpage and address accessibility.