Teaching with Technology (MAT-T) Courses

The MA in Teaching with Technology (MAT-T) is an engaging, 36-credit program, with courses covering instructional systems design, learning theory, web media production, online learning, learning management systems, virtual learning environments, and educational technology evaluation. Required courses provide some degree of latitude for students with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and electives are available to further individualize your course of study. Required, elective, and partner credit courses are listed here, followed by complete course descriptions.

In addition to the MAT-T program, Marlboro also offers a five-course Certificate in Educational Technology, Vermont State Educational Technology Specialist (ETS #42) Endorsement Courses, as well as professional development through our Continuing Education Program (CEP) and Marlboro Professional Development Institute. If you have any questions, please come visit us, email or call Admissions at 802-258-9209, or the degree chair, Caleb Clark.

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

Electives

Electives may be taken from any program at the graduate school or Professional Development offerings.

MAT electives "Innovations in Education" and "Advanced Topics" and "Games and Simulations for Educators" constantly change to respond to current technologies and pedagogies.

Course Descriptions

MA in Teaching

Required Courses

MAT603 - Web Design and Media Production

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall
  • This is a required course

Fall 2017 Schedule: Main Campus. Marlboro, VT, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday September 16th, October 14th, November 18th, December 9th.

Description: A foundation course in the production of educationally oriented online multimedia. Students will design, create, populate, and test two instructional web sites using the content management system WordPress and another authoring platform of their choice. Assignments will cover production techniques of websites, text, photos, video, basic HTML/CSS, audio and media files in a universal design methodology. Readings and discussion will cover the history of the Internet, current trends, usability, design theory, and the evaluation, ethics, and effective use of Internet media and software for educational purposes. The final project is to create and present to the class a small instructional or informational website.

MAT605 - Digital Research Technologies

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Winter
  • This is a required course

Educators need to develop effective Internet search strategies, academic writing skills, sound criteria for evaluating and analyzing Web sites and online publications, and experience in integrating Web-based research into classroom research methods. This course trains educators to efficiently and effectively search, evaluate and document digital educational resources. Students are guided through an investigation of multimodal, educational materials available online via the open web and library subscription resources. A series of small research projects, on the topic of the student's choice, will be used to build a body of research that culminates in a final paper and bibliography, which follows the submission guidelines of an appropriate academic journal.

MAT606 - Legal and Ethical Issues

  • 1 credit
  • Taught in Spring
  • This is a required course

In this age of open access and unprecedented levels of connectivity, copyright, fair use, and intellectual property are still major issues  and even hurdles  we face, particularly in an educational setting. What do we as educators need to know as we go about pulling together course material? What do our students need to know as they complete research assignments? Topics will include legislation, guidelines, and best practices, and a variety of open access resources will be explored and evaluated.

MAT609 - Capstone I: Planning

  • 2 credits
  • Taught in Fall, Winter, Spring
  • This is a required course

Students enroll in Capstone I: Planning in their penultimate trimester. The course offers guidance and support as students plan their response to the problem or opportunity they have identified. Each student completes a project proposal in his or her own website with the support of others in the class, course faculty and their Program Director. Deliverables for this phase include: completion of a comprehensive project proposal document and the first two pages of students individual Capstone websites, and creation and delivery of an elevator pitch  a very brief statement that communicates their Capstone project.

Capstone involves both process and product. Students engage in the process of identifying a problem or opportunity, planning and carrying out a project, and reflecting on their learning. During the two-trimester process, students create products including a completed website, a project deliverable designed to solve the problem or address the opportunity, and an elevator pitch. There is a strong focus on ensuring an agile approach to planning and implementation and on clear, professional communication. Together process and product provide students with a deep learning experience during their last two trimesters at the Graduate School.

MAT610 - Educational Technology

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall
  • This is a required course

Fall 2017 Schedule: Main Campus. Marlboro, VT, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 10th.

Description: Educational Technology is a foundation course covering the theory and history of educational technology. Topics will include cognitive psychology, human development with a focus on child and adolescent development, adult learning, past and present learning theories, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation. This class will also study key luminaries, major theorists and organizations that are part of the industry. While studying different learning frameworks, students will explore and evaluate their own style of instructional design and develop an educational technology unit.

MAT611 - Instructional Design

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Winter
  • This is a required course
  • Prerequisites: MAT603 Web Design and Media Production; MAT610 Educational Technology

This course puts into practice the theories learned in Educational Technology. Students will continue to study the different approaches of established instructional systems design models, and the integration of technology into teaching. They will apply one of those models to create a fully functioning instructional unit that successfully resolves a real-world instructional problem. The unit will be usability tested and evaluated to see if learning outcomes were met. Students will then learn how to integrate the unit into an instructional setting, addressing issues such as accessibility, change management and training. This prepares students, both professionally and for their eventual Capstone Project, to implement the analysis, creation and evaluation of a given learning solution that appropriately and effectively integrates technology with teaching. Students will write a final report and present their project and findings.
Prereqs: Educational Technology and Web Design I
or permission of the instructor

MAT613 - Leading Change

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring
  • This is a required course

After an instructional unit is created, it needs to be integrated into the organization for which it was made. This is a complex process, involving many layers of cultural change within an individual classroom, school district, campus or business. This course provides planning strategies for leaders of change. Topics of study include the political and economic ramifications of introducing new technology, strategies for change management, various organizational models, and the need for professional development.

MAT614 - Facilitating Online Learning

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring
  • This is a required course

How do we facilitate online learning so that students are optimally engaged and learning objectives are being met? Participants will integrate their knowledge of learning theory and instructional design to explore best practices for providing content to students online, engaging them in a vibrant learner-centered community and effectively evaluating their learning. Participants will discuss issues specific to courses that are online-enhanced, blended and fully online. Accessibility and learner support will be emphasized. Participants will utilize Moodle to create a learning module that integrates pedagogy with appropriate technologies to engage students in meeting learning objectives. Facilitating Online Learning (FOL) will itself be facilitated as a workshop where participants will take an active role in teaching each other and introducing topics of interest to the class.

MAT619 - Assistive Technology

  • 1 credit
  • Taught in Winter
  • This is a required course

This course addresses the varying ways that assistive technologies are used to enhance the education of students with learning differences. Students will learn how to integrate assistive technologies that support specific learning strategies by using the tools themselves and by studying how they are used by those with learning differences. Highlighted technologies will include: traditional assistive technology software (e.g. Kurzweil, Dragon NaturallySpeaking); embedded features of high use software (e.g. Microsoft Office, Inspiration, Adobe); web-based applications (e.g. Google, Evernote); and mobile apps for phones and tablets.

MAT630 - Introduction to Clear Communication

  • 1 credit
  • Taught in Fall
  • This is a required course

Fall 2017 Schedule: All online with optional online and in-person meetings to be decided

Description: Graduate level education demands writing skills that are well developed and adaptable. The Clear Writing Workshop will prepare learners to write at the graduate level. It will sharpen writing skills that have dulled, and elevate critical thinking.

The course begins with a subject matter review of the four basics and the four modes of writing. It progresses into a study and practice of critical reading, followed by writing analysis. Throughout the course, students will practice writing in a variety of styles; observational statements, essays, blog posts, emails, writing for the web, elevator pitches, and more. The course culminates in a writing project in the style and form of the student's choosing.

MAT699 - Capstone II: Implementing

  • 4 credits
  • Taught in Fall, Winter, Spring
  • This is a required course
  • Prerequisites: MAT609 Capstone I: Planning

Students enroll in Capstone II: Implementing in their final trimester and complete their Capstone project thereby completing a key degree requirement. Supported by an Advisor, students: create the deliverable planned in Capstone I; deliver a formal presentation of his/her project; participate in a conversation about what they have learned doing the Capstone and their course of study; and submit their completed Capstone website, which includes a written Project Summary and Retrospective on Learning. Students Capstones are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Capstone involves both process and product. Students engage in the process of identifying a problem or opportunity, planning and carrying out a project, and reflecting on their learning. During the two-trimester process, students create products including a completed website, a project deliverable designed to solve the problem or address the opportunity, and an elevator pitch. There is a strong focus on ensuring an agile approach to planning and implementation and on clear, professional communication. Together process and product provide students with a deep learning experience during their last two trimesters at the Graduate School.

Elective Courses

MAT616 - Games and Simulations for Educators

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Spring

This fully online course will teach how to begin to effectively use online games and simulations for teaching. Students will explore 3D worlds and become comfortable with their usage as educational tools. We'll explore Second Life and Jokaydia, but will also delve into game simulations like World of Warcraft and MinecraftEdu (a problem-solving creative sandbox world) for their educational uses. Participants will create avatars, connect with online educational communities, and develop strategies for using 3D worlds in their teaching. We'll visit Second Life's famous Virtual Ability Island (VAI) that assists those disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, and emotional trauma.

MAT620 - Advanced Topics: What's The Meta For? Programming and Learner Experience Design

  • 3 credits

What does it take to develop interactive content that is both engaging for the learner and effective as instruction? Whether in the K-12 classroom or in higher education, it is a challenge to design innovative digital content that teaches students foundational concepts while also stimulating higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. In this course we will tackle that challenge, applying principles of Learner Experience Design to create compelling educational content that fosters critical thinking and inspires deep engagement with the material.
We will cultivate a design practice that integrates insights and techniques from diverse fields such as Film and Media Studies and Game Design. And we will develop the coding expertise needed to create personalized, interactive content with a variety of digital authoring tools.

Three optional in-person support labs will be scheduled.

MAT621 - Innovations in Education: Maker Centered Learning

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall

Fall 2017 Schedule: All online with optional online and in-person meetings to be decided

Description: An introduction to the pedagogy, tools, skills and practices behind maker centered learning. Participants will complete design challenges, practice design thinking, visit maker spaces in their area, and complete a range of hands - on projects from 'kits' to "open makes." Readings and discussion will focus on research around maker-centered learning. Students will complete and present a final project via a portfolio format that provides written and media evidence of personalized learning through making.

MAT670 - Capstone Extension

  • Variable credits
  • Taught in Fall, Winter

Register for this zero credit class to complete Capstone work.

MAT999 - General MAT Elective

  • 3 credits
  • Taught in Fall, Winter, Spring

This is a 3 credit elective class on pertinent topics for the Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology program.