As an instructor, I often get questions about what exactly is EdTech 502. I immediately reply, “The most incredibly fun course you will ever take!” You will locate, retrieve, and evaluate information found on the Internet as well as design and produce instructional web pages using a combination of software and HTML5/XHTML/CSS. You will apply appropriate instructional strategies and models to the design of digital curriculum. In essence, you will learn the basics of how to create educational websites using HTML/CSS and manipulate images through Photoshop.
In this course, you will build 11 websites. We start with a very basic site called plain 502 and culminate your learning with a WebQuest. The WebQuest applies all learned concepts from the entire course. You learn best practices of delivering online content such as linking within your site, adding documents available for downloads, using lists to organize content, and web accessibility or how to structure a website so a screen reader can process the content. You will also learn fantastic instructional methods of creating/delivering content such as the jigsaw method, virtual field trips, webquest, and mobile learning.
Here are some specifics about the course:
- Dreamweaver is our tool to create websites
- We have a server that is used to house all your artifacts but you can use your own, and that is encouraged for those that reside outside of the US
- Videos, Code Academy and books are used for learning – so you learn by doing!
- The curriculum is “spiraled” so after you learn a concept, you will apply it again and again
- We meet synchronously as a class throughout the semester as needed in either Adobe Connect or Google Meet. The Adobe Connect meeting is recorded and then added into a discussion post in our class so all can access if you can’t attend the meeting. Here is a recording of a meeting with the spring 18 students: (The audio/video lasts 1 hour and 44 min.)
- The books can be found online through Boise State University/Albertsons Library
- Here is the course syllabus with textbooks listed.
- The Non-Designer book can be purchased through Amazon or at our bookstore
- If you can’t find the 4th edition, the 3rd edition will work perfectly
- Code Academy is free and interactive – you earn badges for learning
- Adobe has student pricing for Dreamweaver and Photoshop – just $19.99 a month, all you need is your student ID and email
- 1-1 meetings through Google Meet are commonplace and are encouraged!
- If you are not familiar with Dreamweaver and Photoshop, expect to spend more time learning in the first month of class
- Online learning in general – set up a time schedule that you sit down and learn. Time management is important.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your assignments – remember we are using technology
Here’s some cool designs by previous EdTech 502 students: