Penn State University, Berks Campus, College of Education

INSYS 400 Course Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Curt Minich
Office Phone Number: (610) 374-4031 ext. 202
Office Hours: By appointment
Course Number & Title: INSYS 400.51
Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educators
Textbook: Learning with Technology: A Constructivist Perspective by David H. Jonnassen, Kyle L. Peck, & Brent G. Wilson (copyright 1999 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.)
Course Description: Topics will include: what is educational technology; history of educational technology; integrating the Internet into the classroom; effective learning environments; computers as cognitive tools; designing effective instruction/screen layout and presentation; designing learning environments on the World Wide Web and designing Web-based lessons.
Course Objectives: 1/ Students will begin to develop the knowledge and skills to engage in meaningful, critical discourse and/or practice of past, current, and possible future trends in the use of educational technology, the basics of instructional design as it relates to their teaching experience, their role as teacher and educator and how technology impacts this role, the relationship between technology and change, and implications of a technological society.

2/ Students will produce a unit of instruction supported by technology, incorporating both instructional design principles and best practices in technology.

Class Location: Wyomissing Hills Elementary Center
Meeting Time: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 11/27, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, & 2/19 during the 2000-2001 school year
Grading: A, A- 90-100%
B-, B, B+ 80-90%
C-, C, C+ 70-80%
D-, D, D+ 60-70%
F below 60%
Class Attendance Policy: Class attendance is expected. Please notify the instructor at the earliest time possible, if you know that you will be unable to attend a class. You must also actively participate in the class newsgroup and mailing list.
Rationale: K-12 teacher technology proficiencies for the 21st Century.

Tentative Schedule:

Week - Date Tentative Topic(s) Homework
1 - Sept 25

Introduction & Class Expectations
Discussion: Your teaching style & present use of technology
Demonstration: Our class Web site
& Mr. Minich's Internet Education workshops
Demonstration: Using search engines
(if time) Classwork: Searching for Research articles & Web sites

Read Ch. 1 & 2
Email Ch. 1 Reading Reaction
Write newsletter articles
Decide on Instructional Unit
Work on Research Assignment
2 - Oct 9 Demonstration: Using search engines
(if time) Examine classroom site’s available technologies
Read Ch. 3
Email Ch. 2 & 3 Reading Reaction
Continue Web Search Site Reviews
Writing newsletter articles
Work on Research Assignment
Continue to plan Instructional Unit
Online participation
3 - Oct 23

Lecture/Class research: History of Instructional Technology
Class discussion: The Internet
Demonstration: Using MS Word to create a newsletter
Sign up for Web site on GeoCities or on PSU Web server - FAQ's (if time permits)
(if time) Obtain free Web-based email from Yahoo Mail
Discussion: Chapter 1, 2, & 4 (if time permits)
Classwork: Work on newsletter

Continue newsletter (layout/design)
Read Ch. 4
Email Ch. 4 Reading Reaction to instructor
Participate in an online course
Work on Research Assignment
Continue Web Search Site Reviews
Online participation
4 - Nov 13 Lecture: Multimedia & hypermedia (if time permits)
Examine the Link to Learn Web site (
Demonstration: Using Netscape Composer to create a Web page.
Demonstration: Converting existing resources to HTML (if time permits)
Classwork: Work on Web site
Read Ch. 5
Post Ch. 5 Reading ReactionFinish your Web Search Site Reviews
Finish your newsletter

Participate in  online course
Work on Research Assignment
Online participation
5 - Nov 27 Lecture: Learning environments
Discussion: Compare student & teacher behaviors between traditional classroom and asynchronous environments
Lecture: Using the Internet as a resource in the classroom
Demonstration:  Newsgroups & using our class Discus. Board.
Demonstration: Adding hypermedia to your Web site by including graphics, internal hyperlinks, and external hyperlinks.
Demonstration: Converting existing resources to HTML.

Classwork: Work on Web site, Research Assignment, and/or Web Search Site Reviews.
Read Ch. 6
Post Ch. 6 Reading Reaction
Participate in online course
Work on Web site
Finish Research Assignment (journal article reviews)
Online participation ( Ch 1-6 Discus. Board)
6 - Dec 11 Classwork: Continue work on Web site
Configure your preferences on the class discussion board
Participate in online course
Work on Web site
Online participation on Discus. Board
7 - Jan 8 Lecture: Some elements of instructional design
Demonstration: Creating multimedia with PowerPoint
Demonstration: Using scanner and/or digital camera if available
Presentation by M Farrara on QTVR panoramas
Classwork: Begin Multimedia Presentation
Classwork: Continue work on Web site
Read Ch. 7
Post Ch. 7 Reading Reaction
Participate in online course
Work on Web site
Work on Multimedia Presentation
Online participation posting Web site assignment rubric
8 - Jan 22 Discussion: Using real-time   (chat, audio, video, etc.) vs. asynchronous (newsgroups & mailing lists) communication methods (see Santoro's site and Santoro's examples) . Attempt to hold an "Asynchronous lesson" via chat & Discus. Board
Demonstration: Setting up your own AIM account
Demonstration: Other interesting plug-ins (RealPlayer & Shockwave)
Classwork: Continue work on Multimedia Presentation &/or Web site
Read Ch. 8
Participate in online course
Work on Web site
Work on Multimedia Presentation
9 - Feb 5 Lecture: MindTools (spreadsheet with MS Excel, AppleWorks, or ClarisWorks)
Classwork: Work on any outstanding assignment including Multimedia Presentation & Web site
Demonstration: Setting up your own mailing list
Demonstration: Uploading Web files
Finish online course review
Finish Web site
Finish Multimedia Presentation
Finish Instructional Unit
Online participation ( Ch 8 Discus. Board)
Submit your self-evaluation online via email
10 - Feb 19 Classwork:: Upload your Web site
Classwork: Finish Web site, Multimedia Presentation, and Instructional Unit
Demonstration: Setting up your own free mailing list
:   Discuss the various technologies used this semester
Demonstration: Present Instructional Unit and Web site

Out-of-class participation threads (discussion board & mailing list):

Your online course experiences, good Web sites, differences between traditional and asynchronous, online learning environments, each teacher’s role & use of technology in his/her classroom, constructivism vs. behaviorism, questions & answers on using our technologies, submitting and responding to Ch. Reading Reactions, MindTools, sharing examples of good screen layout & design, different types and models of online learning environments, implications of a technological society, how technology impacts your role as a teacher, etc.

Academic Integrity:

Penn State University's Definition and Expections - Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at Penn State, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

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