Course Summary
Credit Type:
9 hours per week (14 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Technology and Online Learning


Upon completing this course, students will be able to identify the core pillars of online learning and explain different online learning models; describe the relationship between educational technology and pedagogical theories; apply design theory, practice, and educational technology to online learning experiences; promote digital citizenship and responsibility in the virtual classroom; develop curriculum and practical assessments for online learning experiences; explain how to meet the needs of diverse learners in the virtual classroom, and integrate 21st-century skills into online learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge of educational technology theories by successfully creating a website which demonstrates an in-depth understanding of an educational technology theorist.
  • Examine various issues related to the use of technology in education and create discussion board forum posts that advance the individual and group thinking of participants by successfully sharing ideas, research, and/or experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of lesson content by successfully completing post-module assessments and earning a minimum score of 70%.
  • Assess the effectiveness of a specific virtual classroom based on educational theory and practice from this course. Make recommendations in a structured paper on how to improve an aspect of this virtual classroom by applying educational theory and practice.
  • Analyze an aspect of curriculum based on educational theory and practice, provide recommendations for improvement, and identify professional development activities that may support teachers in understanding these recommendations in an organized paper.
  • Implement recommendations for a specific curriculum component by creating new materials (lesson plan; virtual lesson; PowerPoint or presentation, multimedia presentation, video, or screencast; formative or summative assessment; writing assignment or project).

General Topics:

  • History, theories, and practices of online learning
  • The evolution of virtual education, including the challenges and advantages of various online learning models
  • Effective methods for course design, curriculum development, technology application, and assessment/evaluation
  • Strategies for leading the virtual classroom
  • Working with diverse learners online
  • Promoting digital citizenship
  • Integrating 21st-century skills
  • Educational theories
  • Educational technology practices
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises
  • Project-based Instruction
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials