EDD 8120 Perspectives in ITDE
Instructional Technology and Distance Education are examined and compared to other professions. A special emphasis is made on the impact of media and technology on teaching and learning. In order to understand the dynamic nature of the field, the literature of ITDE is analyzed as a basis for increasing the impact of instructional technology on education and training. National expert’s positions on the status of the field are closely examined using videos, audios, and discussions. The impact of instructional technologies on schools and training organizations is studied in this course. Case studies dealing with various perspectives for implementation of distance education initiatives are examined using videos, audios and interviews.
Assignment Unit 1: Characteristics of a Profession : Begin to develop your position on whether instructional technology and distance education is a profession. You will be expected to discuss this longstanding concern during threaded discussions. At the end of the term you will write a ten-page position paper that presents and supports your position on whether instructional technology is a profession, or something else.
Assignment Unit 2: Critical Analysis of the Media Effects Debate (30 Points) The media effects debate will be reanalyzed in light of your status as a graduate student. The debate was introduced during other courses in the ITDE program. This 10-page paper will present your current understanding of the debate and its impact on the field of instructional technology and distance education.
Assignment Unit 3: Journal/Proceedings Contents Analysis (20 Points) Volume #5 of the Quarterly Review of Distance Education, the book, Toward a Virtual Universit, the book, Trends and Issues in Distance Education, or the 2003 Volume of the AECT Proceedings (or some other appropriate publication approved by your instructor, such as the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education) will be analyzed and a 10 page paper will be prepared that summarizes this analysis.