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EDTC 6329 Social Media-Web 2point0

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Course Calendar      Spring 2014 Portal Page     Week 1     EDTC 6329 Students Spring 2014      Syllabus




COE Conceptual Development and Knowledge Base

The conceptual framework contains four core concepts, which are themes through which we organize and deliver our programs; hence they are central to our vision of professional educators and scholars.


These include:

  • Interculturalism
  • Interrelatedness
  • Inquiry
  • Pedagogical Leadership


College of Education (COE) Mission Statement

  • To prepare highly skilled professionals to assume roles and positions in teaching, research, educational leadership, and human development.
  • To provide undergraduate and graduate programs based on proven best practice, knowledge acquisition, reflective inquiry, critical thinking, and respect for the cultural and linguistically diverse learner
  • To continuously develop a dynamic local, state, national, and international, dimension that promotes innovations and contributes to scientific educational, economic, and social change.


College of Education (COE) Vision Statement

The vision of the College of Education is to be consistently recognized as fully-accredited and as a nationally and internationally respected college in the areas of science, mathematics, educational technology and intercultural dimension (language, literacy, culture and interdisciplinary studies in regard to preparing teachers, counselors, administrators, educational researchers, and professional at all levels, not only for the school system but for other economical and service areas which require training, human resources, development and life-long learning.


Teacher preparation programs of the College of Education will be central to the mission of the University and will have national prominence. It will be at the forefront in programs for English Language Learners and, through teacher preparation, P-16 and life-long education initiatives will be a model for helping to close the student achievement gap.


All of these will require the COE to be noted for the quality of its graduates, the scholarship of its faculty, and the leadership and service they provide to the local, regional, and national educational communities in the previously mentioned areas.


Note: Be advised that the College of Education conducts ongoing research regarding the effectiveness of the programs. You will receive one survey in the final semester prior to graduation regarding the operations of the unit during your time here. A second survey will occur within one year following graduation from or completion of a program, and will be sent to your employer. This survey will focus on the preparation received at UTB. Your response to these surveys is critical to UTB excellence.


Department of Teaching, Learning & Innovation

EDTC 6329 Special Topics: Social Media/Web 2.0 

Spring 2014


College of Education

Department of Teaching, Learning and Innovation


Instructor:    Janice Butler, Ed. D.
Phone: 956-882-6713 | Email: janice.butler@utb.edu



Office hours:    Tuesday 11:00 AM -12:00 Noon; By appointment

                           Wednesday 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

                           Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon; By appointment


Class day/time:  Tuesdays, 8 pm CST (refer to the course calendar for dates)


Class location:   Online via Blackboard Collaborate (details below)


Catalog description:    This course addresses the study of significant topics related to utilization of technology in educational settings. With approval by advisor, course may be repeated when topic varies. Lec. 3, Cr. 3.


Required Texts and Supplies


Textbook:   There is no required textbook in this class. We will be using extensive materials from the Internet. However, there are two books that I highly recommend you acquire and read as part of  your library. They have been popular and considered valuable by students who have used them in other classes. They are:


Medina, J. (2009). Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School ISBN-13: 978-0979777745


Burmark, L. (2011). They Snooze, You Lose: The Educator's Guide to Successful Presentations

ISBN-10: 0470902906 | ISBN-13: 978-0470902905 | Edition: 1


Hardware:   Your computer must meet the minimum requirements for Blackboard Collaborate .

                      You must also have the following:

      1. Headset with a microphone
      2. Internet connection, preferably broadband.
      3.  Prior to the first class session, login to the practice session to test your system setup.

Software:   Assorted Web 2.0 technologies


Email account:    You must have an email account that allows incoming emails from the university. School district email accounts cause the most trouble. Instead, use a free email provider like Gmail or Yahoo!


Library:  You will need to access the UTB Library , through Quick Links on UTB Main page.



Course Description Expanded and Purpose of the Course


This course is going to be very self-directed, allowing you to develop an authentic product for a client that utilizes Social Media/Web 2.0 technologies. The primary clients come from the College of Education faculty who are interested in using strategies and tools prevalent in the K-12 classroom of today.


This class will meet about 6 times synchronously through Blackboard Collaborate and will meet asynchronously through email and a class wiki. The synchronous meetings allow you to learn from peer interaction and ask questions about assignments; attendance is highly encouraged. If you are unable to attend, you are required to listen to the entire archived meeting and write a brief reflection paper about your observations. More information about this requirement can be found in the Course Calendar. You should post your reflection in your course wiki page within one week of the meeting to fulfill the class participation requirements.


This is not just a class project that your instructor will grade, but, instead, an opportunity to make a very real contribution to the educational technology field. Please keep in mind that your product will be available for many to see and to use. Your work is a public relations tool for you and for the educational technology program. Thus, it is critical that you endeavor to maintain a professional attitude with your client as well as work to develop an outstanding product.


Modes of Communication


Throughout this course, you will communicate with your instructor and peers in a variety of ways:


Phone conferences: I am available for phone conferences or Collaborate conferences. Please email to set up time.


Online discussions: Class meets weekly in Blackboard Collaborate. Refer to the calendar.


Email correspondence: Email is the preferred method of contact. I'll send critical information via email, so check it daily. I try to respond to email within 24-hours (usually sooner), but sometimes glitches occur. If I don't respond within 24 hours, resend your message and/or call.  If you resend – please state in the email subject line that this is a second request.


Formatting emails: Include the course number and subject of your email in the subject line when using communication outside of the course email tool. When you use the Course Email tool in Blackboard, Blackboard automatically includes the course number.


Wiki: Access the course wiki at EDTC 6329 Special Topics.


Face-to-face: While it's not mandatory, instructors will meet you face-to-face upon request. We will meet virtually unless we are in the same city. Contact us by email or phone to set up a time to meet.


 AECT Course Objectives (Competencies)





2.1 Demonstrates ability to perform analysis and documentation of instructional need or opportunity resulting in student-centered, performance based instructional objectives based upon, and appropriate for, a specific audience 

2.3 Demonstrates ability to select and integrate into instruction a variety of research-based instructional strategies.

2.4 Demonstrates ability to develop and select appropriate assessment instruments.

3.1 Demonstrates ability to develop instruction using a minimum of three different medias.

3.3 Demonstrates ability to manage projects and evaluate progress and improvement.

6.1 Demonstrates the ability to team electronically with professionals to identify instructional problems or opportunities and devise appropriate solutions.

6.3 Demonstrates effective utilization of tools necessary to implement distributed instruction.

*While not required for this class, you are highly encouraged to become involved in an educational technology professional organization early in your educational technology program.



Student Publishing

Your projects for this class will be posted in your personal wiki and linked to the course wiki portal page. The course wiki is available to the public. If you prefer, you have the option of restricting access to your projects to the instructor only. Your grades are managed securely within the Blackboard gradebook and will only be accessible to you. Contact us for more information.


Course Evaluation


Grade distribution will be based on the below table. Rubrics are found within the description of the projects.


Points Possible 
Week 1 Orientation
Collaborate Meetings
Project Summary and Plan
Project Rough Draft
Peer Feedback
Diigo Discussion Board
Final Project 200
Total Points Possible 1000





Late projects:    Because much of this course is self-directed, you will be expected to maintain your own schedule and timeline.  If you are getting too far behind, you need to contact me and discuss solutions. Please keep in mind, I will need to monitor your progress throughout and will get in touch with you should I be concerned.  You will be expected to adhere to readings and Diigo discussion forum. 


Evaluation:    Grades are based on assignment instructions and rubrics provided in this course.  A large portion of this course will be based on self-evaluation.



UTB help desk:    http://www.utb.edu/its/ccp/Pages/helpdesk.aspx or (956) 882-HELP (4357)

Purdue OWL APA Guide:    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/1/

UTB library:    http://utb.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx


Course Policies

1. The instructor reserves the right to make changes in the syllabus as deemed necessary.

2. Refer to the course calendar for important dates. Dates are subject to change, however, you will be notified in advance should this occur.

3. Assignments are due Sundays by 11:59 PM CST (before midnight) of the week they are due.

4. Maintain contact with your instructor if you have challenges or concerns about completing the coursework in a timely manner.




Satisfactory Academic Progress

UTB/TSC monitors academic progress every fall and spring semesters to identify those students who are experiencing difficulty with their courses. Satisfactory Academic Progress (Sap) is based upon two components: GPA of 2.0 or higher and successful course completion of at least 70% of course work attempted. Students remain in good standing with the university and Financial Aid when both criteria are met. Students who do not maintain these required minimum standards will be placed on probation or suspension as appropriate. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and the Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid policy can be found in the current Undergraduate catalog. For more information, visit http://blue.utb.edu/vpaa/sap .


Scholastic Dishonesty

Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and expulsion from the University. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to be unfair advantage to a student, or the attempt to commit such acts. Since scholastic dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, Policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforce. (Board of Regents Rules and Regulations)



Students are expected to be diligent in their studies and attend class regularly and on time. Students are responsible for all class work and assignments. On recommendation of the instructor concerned and with the approval of the Dean, students may, at anytime, be dropped from course. This may result in a "w" or "F" on the student's permanent record.



In compliance with the Emergency UTB/TSC Academic continuity Program, academic course, partially or entirely, will be made available on the MyUTBTSC Blackboard course management system. This allows faculty members and students to continue their teaching and learning via MyUTBTSC Blackboard http://myutbtscblacboard.com , in case the university shuts down as a result of a hurricane or any other natural disaster.


The university will use MyUTBTSC Blackboard to post announcements notifying faculty members and students of their responsibilities as a hurricane approaches our region. If the university is forced to shut down, faculty will notify their course(s). To receive credit for a course, it is the student's responsibility to complete all requirements for that course. Failure to access course materials once reasonably possible can result in a reduction of your overall grade in the class.


To facilitate the completion of class, most or all of the communication between students and the institution, the instructor, and fellow classmates will take place using the features in your MyUTBTSC Blackboard and UTB email system. Therefore, all students must use Scorpion Online to provide a current email address. Students may update their email address by following the like titled "Validate your e-Mail Account" in MyUTBTSC Blackboard Portal. In the event of a disaster, that disrupts normal operations, all students and faculty must make every effort to access an internet-enabled computer as often as possible to continue the learning process.



Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in this class should notify the Disability Services Office early in the semester so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, a student requesting accommodations must provide documentation of his/her disability to the Disability Services counselor. For more information, visit Disability Services in the Lightner Center, call 956-882-7374, or e-mail steve.wilder@utb.edu.


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