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Undergraduate Minor in Educational Technology

Program Overview

The Undergraduate BAS Minor in Educational Technology offers a hands-on curriculum where students gain a strong background on the theoretical and practical uses of technology in learning and teaching environments. At the completion of this minor, students develop skills in producing high quality instructional materials using emerging technologies. This minor program is valuable and open to all major degree offerings due to educational technology’s applicability to a wide range of academic disciplines. This minor is offered fully online.

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The Curriculum

The minor program of study is developed in consultation with an academic advisor and requires a minimum of 18 units of undergraduate courses. The choices within the program of study are based on professional aspirations, scholastic needs, and personal preferences. The following courses, or equivalents, are required, with exceptions to be made in consultation with the academic advisor. All courses are three units (semester hours) unless otherwise indicated.

I. Required Courses: (12 units)

  • ETCV 302 Statistics in Information Age
  • ETCV 403 Principles of Web Design
  • ETCV 404 Principles and Practices of Distance Education
  • ETCV 411 Application of Technology in Education

II. Supporting Courses/ Electives: (select 6 units)

  • ETCV 301 Interpreting and Presenting Digitally
  • ETCV 310 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
  • ETCV 391 Preceptorship
  • ETCV 393 Internship
  • ETCV 399 Independent Study
  • ETCV 401 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
  • ETCV 405 Introduction to Serious Game Design

Course Rotation

Courses are sequenced to allow a two-semester completion of the minor.

Fall Offerings Spring Offerings Every semester
ETCV 302 ETCV 301 ETCV 391
ETCV 401 ETCV 310 ETCV 393
ETCV 404 ETCV 403 ETCV 399
ETCV 411 ETCV 405
ETCV 411

Course Descriptions

ETCV 301 - Interpreting and Presenting Digitally

Anyone with a digital device can instantly share video with a global audience for any purpose, humor, hate, compassion, utilitarian, and love. Applying social action, e-learning, media design, and communication principles students will critically analyze the intended and unintended messages prevalent in public video clips, webcasts, and broadcasts. As an added means to interpret meaning and increase media literacy, students will explore digital presentation concepts by examining and participating in the essential elements of effective video development including audience, agenda, scriptwriting, storyboarding, viewpoint, presentation, interview, audio and video recording, compositing, special effects, motion, editing, publishing, and criticism.

ETCV/INFV 302 - Statistics in Information Age

This course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. It also presents an introduction to data complexity, uncertainty and variation in information age and discusses techniques for interpreting the data.

ETCV 310 - Integrating Technology into the Curriculum

This course covers techniques and strategies for incorporating technology into various curriculum subjects. Online cooperation, teaching with technology and infusion of information skills into classroom.

ETCV 391 - Preceptorship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of instruction and practice in actual service in a department, program, or discipline. Teaching formats may include seminars, in-depth studies, laboratory work and patient study.

ETCV 393 - Internship

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment.

ETCV 399 - Independent Studies

Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.

ETCV/INFV 401 - Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction

This course is a beginning level exploration of human-computer design, interaction and interfaces. The students will be introduced to the theory of human-computer interaction (HCI) as well as to the principles of effective visual design using user experiences.

ETCV/INFV 403 - Principles of Web Design

This course addresses concepts of web design using multimedia, visual, communication and interaction principles. Students will also be introduced to web authoring, design solutions and emerging technologies.

ETCV/INFV 404 - Principles and Practices of Distance Education

This course presents a foundational introduction to distance education including basic concepts, theories, principles, history, technologies and pedagogical approaches. The theory and models of instructional design for online learning will also be examined.

ETCV/INFV 405 - Introduction to Serious Game Design

This course is the study and examination of serious digital games with an emphasis on theoretical and conceptual framework for game design. Students will also be exposed to the process of game design using various methods and techniques such as iteration, rapid prototyping, mechanics, dynamics and user interface.

ETCV/INFV 411 - Learning Technologies in the Digital Age

The course addresses the essentials of computer operations; the integration of computer technology into the learning environment; learning theory/instructional design using technology; and the use of presentation and related software. The course is directed at instructional technologists and educators.