MAET Y2 – Galway

Leadership, Advanced Theories of Learning and Technology Integration in Educational Settings

CEP 800: Learning in school and other settings
Learning as active, socially-mediated construction of knowledge in school, home, community, and work settings. What is learned, how it is taught and learned, and what learners bring to the setting.

CEP 800 focuses on learning theories. Research in the learning sciences has produced significant findings that have allowed us to improve teaching, construct new understanding in various academic disciplines, and develop new technologies that have dramatically changed the way we live, work, and play. When we begin to think about technology as an instructional tool we must bring these three areas together creating new agendas for study that mix what is known and what we want to find out. The intersections of the circles are where the real action is. At the center of these intersections is what we call Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (or TPACK). We shall be spending quite some time at these intersections (both during the summer and through your master’s program).

CEP 815: Technology & Leadership
Professional development strategies. Project management, planning and evaluation. Relationship building. Ethical and social implications of technology integration.

CEP 815 focuses on educational leadership. This involves two components. First, we’ll talk about ways to manage your own learning and development in a world of rapid technological change. You can no longer depend on classroom-based professional development seminars to keep us up-to-date on new technology, so we will talk about using a variety of resources to build a personal learning network. Second, as teachers earning a master’s degree in educational technology, you have a role to play as technology leaders in your school. Therefore, we help you begin developing the skills you need to fulfill this role.

CEP 822: Approaches to Ed Research
Alternative methods of educational research. Identifying researchable problems in education and developing a research proposal. Applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for analyzing and critiquing published studies.

CEP 822 focuses on educational research. Research is important if we are to understand what is being learned and whether our attempts to teach (with or without technology) are successful. The focus of this course is not as much on conducting educational research but rather developing the skills to interpret research and to critically examine it. We would also like to explore the issue of how each of us, as practitioners, can be researchers as well. Practitioners who reflect on their own practice to continually improve it.

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