AEDC 442 - Resources for Teaching - Fall 2006

*************** an interactive syllabus *****************


Table of Contents

  • Description
  • Instructor
  • Course Material
  • Course Goals and Objectives
  • Required Activities
  • Attendance
  • Evaluation
  • Other Student Resources


    This course is designed to familiarize Education majors with a variety of non-print media resources available for supporting instruction. These include computer technology (including CD-ROM, video laserdiscs), educational computer software, telecommunications (including use of the Internet), and other resources for preparation of instructional materials. A primary focus of this course is on utilizing resources which most effectively enhance the learning process.


    Mrs. Mandy Senn
    Office Hours: By Appointment

    Course Materials

    This is a paperless course. All materials for this course may be accessed electronically. Experience has shown that you will find this to be especially convenient: you won't have to carry a bunch of papers around with you; you can turn in work any time (including late at night); and if you happen to be absent from class (due to dire circumstances, of course), you can access handouts and returned papers at any time.

  • 1. Course materials, including the syllabus, handouts, and articles, may be found on this WWW server.. You may access this WWW server from any computer on campus. [Actually you can access it from anywhere in the world, but more on that later...]
  • 2. Your written work should be submitted electronically. You will find two relevant folders: HAND-IN and GRADED. Only you have access to your work in the GRADED folder.

    You will be responsible for assigned sections of the texts, including key terms as discussed in class.

    Course Goals and Objectives

    A. The student will develop the skills and strategies appropriate to the use of computer-assisted and computer-managed instruction.

    • The student will be able to demonstrate the basic operations of the computer and the ability to explain these operations to others.
    • The student will be able to use word processing to enhance instructional experiences for students with particular focus on the writing process approach.
    • The student will be able to select, evaluate, and use instructional software and other developmentally appropriate materials and resources appropriate to his/her area of specialization.
    • The student will be aware of a variety of telecommunications resources and techniques for retrieving, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, synthesizing and communicating information and ideas.

    B. The student will become familiar with the various aspects of instructional design and apply them to the production of instructional materials.

    • The student will be able to create instructional software and multimedia presentations for use at suitable grade levels and subject areas.

    Required Activities

    1. Prepare all written work using a word processor which will result in a well-formatted and error-free document.

    2. Summarize one (1) review of educational software found in educational journals.

    3. Evaluate two (2) educational software programs which are available to you.

    • These evaluations should be in-depth evaluations of the software describing completely the objectives and design of the programs, and critically evaluating the programs' strengths and weaknesses.

    4. PreparePower Point presentations (of appropriate length) with

    • buttons
    • anchors

    5. Prepare a WebQuest which will present a topic relevant to your teaching. See the WebQuests for Spring 05.

6. Prepare a spread sheet for keeping student grades (4 assignments).

7. Prepare a portfolio of works completed in this course.

 8. Respond to objective questions on a final exam concerning terminology and selected text materials. Respond to subjective material related to philosophical/sociological/applied aspects of microcomputer use.
  • All assignments should be turned in on time; a letter grade will be subtracted for each day an assignment is late.


    Attendance is expected at all classes scheduled. Attendance is not only vital for the professional development and education of preservice teachers, but also models the kind of teacher behavior we expect them to have. This policy also provides the School of Education with valuable accountability data which is critical in the licensing and certification of professionals.

    You are permitted a maximum of one(1) absences from this class. Each absence beyond that will result in the deduction of a letter grade.


    Word 1 & 2

    20 & 50

    Spread Sheet #1


    Spread Sheet #2


    Spread Sheet #3


    Spread Sheet #4


    Internet Scavenger Hunt


    Internet Assignment


    Journal Review


    Software Evaluation (2)

    50 (25 points each)

    Power Point 1


    Power Point 2


    Personal Web Page










    A = 93 - 100

    B = 86 - 89

    B+ = 90 -92

    C = 79 - 82

    C+ = 83 -85

    D = 70 - 74

    D+ = 75 -78

    F = 0 - 69


    Other Student Resources

    1. Your instructor values good writing in this course. Please remember that the written work that you produce in this class can be included in your rising junior writing portfolio. For further information on the portfolio requirement, consult your USCA Undregraduate and Graduate Bulletin or visit Dr. Lynne Rhodes, Director of Writing Assessment, or Karl Fornes, Director of Writing Room.

    2. USC provides a Writing Center (CLAS 201) to assist you in your writing. The Writing Center is staffed by friendly USCA students who are expert writers and who have been trained as writing consultants. If you need extra assistance on any writing assignment for this class or any other class you are taking, please try the Writing Center. You may make an apopointment or just drop in. Operating hours are posted on the door.

    3. If you have a learning or physical disability which might affect your performance in this class, please inform the instructor as soon as possible and Betty Cheatham, Coordinator of Disabled Student Services in order to verify your status and provide you with appropriate assistance.

The University of South Carolina -


Copyright © 2003 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Carolina Beaufort
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801