Jul 14th 2016

Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology (edX)

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This course provides a practical overview for selecting, implementing, and evaluating educational technology initiatives. Schools are recognizing the potential for technology to transform teaching and learning. However, bringing technology into the classroom in a productive way is easier said than done. How do educators and others decide what kind and type of educational technology to use in the classroom? Which stakeholders influence that decision? What factors determine the success or failure of educational technology initiatives? How do we determine if these implementations are successful?

This course provides a practical overview for selecting, integrating, implementing, and evaluating educational technology initiatives in formal educational settings, primarily in the US. It will include the perspectives of stakeholders that make such initiatives possible, and consider how to evaluate for efficacy. The audience for this course includes current and future teachers, entrepreneurs, developers, practitioners, and leaders in educational technology.

Through four units over seven weeks, participants will develop an awareness and understanding of the “ecosystem” surrounding the implementation of educational technology in a formal educational setting. Participants will work towards creating a final project that synthesizes the main ideas from the course.

What you'll learn:

- Describe factors that influence the integration, implementation, and evaluation of educational technology in a learning environment.

- Set and define criteria, inspired by frameworks, for using educational technologies and match those criteria to potential resources.

- Recognize and describe major challenges faced by educators when implementing educational technology.

- Understand different metrics and methods used to evaluate educational technologies and how and why they are applied