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Educational Technology & Distance Learning

DecorativeThe CSU, Chico School of Education presents courses in Educational Technology & Distance Learning to help K–12 teachers deliver effective education during COVID-19. The health crisis has presented many challenges to our national education system’s service delivery model. The shift to digital learning is essential to provide continued access to education for our students, but it is not an easy shift. The goal for this program is to identify digital access barriers—geography, economics, infrastructure, experience with learning technologies, etc.—and potential solutions for both general and special education. You will learn how to create content, address the needs of all learners, and gain experience with assistive technologies.

Start Now and Begin Gaining New Skills Needed to be Successful in Online Teaching

To help you in your current transition to distance learning, we're offering a series of Educational Technology & Distance Learning courses that include presentations, highly interactive modules, podcasts, and technology use cases that will provide K-12 teachers with the knowledge required to manage distance learning & teaching using evidence-based strategies.

Course Schedule

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Course 1&2 Concurrent Combination:
EDTE 531 Teaching with Technology and 

SPED 671 Technology in Specialized Instruction
September 21–October 30 | Fee: $600 | Closed

Class meets online from 9-11 a.m. on Saturdays, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 & 10/24. The lessons will be recorded in the event that students need to participate asynchronously.

If you haven't already taken the EDTE course, you'll automatically be enrolled in EDTE 531 when you register and pay the fees for SPED 671. Please allow a bit of extra time to complete the foundational work in EDTE 531.

EDTE 531: This course addresses the prudent, efficient, and appropriate uses of computer technology, communication tools, and electronic information management as they relate to the teaching and learning process in the K-12 setting. (1 unit) Fee: $0

DecorativeSPED 671: Principles and practices of the use of technology in the classroom including distance communication; selecting appropriate hardware and software for assessment and data collection purposes; instructional strategies, the enhancement of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and assistive technology to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Credit/no credit grading only. Classes will be held in both live-online and asynchronous formats. (2 units) Fee: $600

Additional Courses in the Series, Schedule TBA

EDUC 504 Integrating Technology into Classroom Practice
This course provides opportunities for participants to develop and utilize knowledge about technology in designing and delivering content to learners in the public schools. (3 units)

EDCI 675 Digital Media & Online Learning
Examination of theoretical foundations and practical applications of digital instructional media for educators teaching face-to-face and/or online. This course addresses pedagogical considerations and best practices for using emerging technologies for professional development in teaching and instructing students. (3 units)

SPED 664 Academic Literacy and Assistive Technology
This course addresses organization and management of differentiated reading and social communication instruction and interventions to meet the needs of the full range of learners. In this course, students demonstrate competence in administering, interpreting and utilizing the results of formal and informal assessments of the literacy and communication skills of students with disabilities for the purposes of developing and implementing academic literacy. Students conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education services to individuals with academic language and/or communication needs in the areas of language and literacy development, including specific literacy's required to meet state-adopted content standards and student IEP goals. Students learn how to apply these literacy assessments and interventions in the context of Response-to-Intervention and other pre-referral intervention models. Students learn how to use assistive technology for purposes of enhancing literacy and communication and increase access to the general education curriculum. (3 units)

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* As a professional development program that does not culminate in a degree or teaching credential, this program is not available for federal loans or financial aid. You may, however, be eligible for other options, such as loans.