Course Materials and Syllabus

Tuesdays 6:30-9:00, Wednesdays 6:30-9:00, Thursdays 4:30-7:30 TEB 246
Instructor: Nikita Lewis (nikita.lewis@uky.edu)
Office: 318 DH
Office hours: by appointment
The materials and tenative schedule are shown below

  Tools Materials/topics Assignment Due


PowerPoint is evil
Basic Design is Powerful


Week 2 PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tutorial

UDL guidelines

Campus Map

Read chapter 4 about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) (you'll need to register for a free account).

Week 3 PowerPoint

White board field trip
A Knight's Story
Height Measure Tool


Week 4


wiki video 1
wiki video 2
wiki video 3

Your slide presentation is due
Week 5


Differential Gear
Learning Targets


Week 6 Video

Your instructional video is due
Video Criteria for a 3

Must be a process or concept

Presenter maintains a presence and a captivating energy that is appropriate to the audience and purpose of the presentation.

Presentation is clearly and logically organized, with an engaging introduction, a logically sequenced body with effective transitions, and a clear and convincing conclusion.

Sound is audible and visuals are legible.

Explanation is efficient (2:00 - 3:30 long)

Audio should not just be a reading of slide information, but offer coordinated insight (i.e. should show different perspective/content/representation).

Visual materials should change/highlight with the narration so that a viewer can follow what they should be focused on.

Course Description:
This course addresses the use and integration of educational media/technologies in classroom instruction. This course will address the four themes of the conceptual framework for the UK professional education unit:  research, reflection, learning, and leading.  Students will be given the opportunity to review, analyze, discuss, and apply research from diverse perspectives in education.  Reflection will also be integrated into students’ learning opportunities through the production of written essays, group discussion and media production to help students take advantage of the analytical and problem-solving skills that comprise critical professional reflection on one’s own teaching. This course emphasizes the commitment of the professional education unit to ensure that its graduates move into their professional lives equipped for life-long learning as educators who will be active in leading colleagues in their schools, districts, and professional organizations.  The ultimate goal in addressing these four themes is to produce teacher leaders who work together to improve student learning among diverse populations and improve education in Kentucky and beyond. Additionally, students will be prepared to serve a more diverse population of learners through exploration of how all people learn.

Course Goal and Objectives
This goal of the course is to help the inservice teacher integrate appropriate technology in their instruction. Specifically, the course addresses the following objectives:
1) Participants will be able to use media to create and have students create multi media representations
2) Participants will develop a intellectual framework for critiquing and designing educational experiences incorporating media

Required Materials
All students will be required to have a USB pen drive to transfer work to and from class.

You will be asked to complete exercises that show your ability to use the different technologies covered during the course.

Expectations and Grading
There will be two products that will be used to determine the grade a student receives in the class. A slideshow style presentation and instructional video will be required to earn credit for the course. These will be scored with a 3 (Strong), 2 (adequate) and 1 (rudimentary)

A - Total of 5 points across both assignments (e.g. 3,2 or 3,3 or 2,3)

B - Total of 4 points across both assignments (e.g. 2,2 or 3,1 or 1,3)

C - Total of 3 points across both assignments (e.g 2,1 or 1,2)

F - Less than 3 points

Students should familiarize themselves with the Student Code regarding plagiarism (section 6.3.1), which can be obtained from the office of the Dean of Students or retrieved from http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/Code/part2.html section 6.3.1. Plagiarism of any type will result in a failing grade.

All materials generated for this class (which may include but are not limited to syllabi and in-class materials) are copyrighted. You do not have the right to copy such materials unless the professor or assistant expressly grants permission. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own the ideas, words, writing, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic violations, for the plagiarist destroys trust among others.

Students with Special Needs
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protections for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides a reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please notify your instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (Mr. Jake Karnes, jkarnes@uky.edu) 257-2754, room 2 Alumni Gym.

Class Attendance and Participation
Class attendance is expected for all class sessions. Information will be presented in each class that is not available through other means. Successful completion of course objectives requires that students have hands-on experience with hardware and software that is used during class sessions. You will be responsible for completign all graded assignments and presence in class usually helps that.

Excused Absences:
S.R. defines the following as acceptable reasons for excused absences: 1) serious illness; 2) illness or death of family member; 3) University-related trips; 4) major religious holidays; 5) other circumstances you find to be "reasonable cause for nonattendance." Students anticipating an absence for a major religious holiday are responsible for notifying the instructor in writing of anticipated absences due to their observance of such holidays no later than the last day for adding a class. Information regarding dates of major religious holidays may be obtained through the religious liaison, Mr. Jake Karnes (257-2754).

Excessive Absences According to the Rules of the University Senate, those students who miss more than 20% of the class FOR ANY REASON may be dropped by the instructor from the class. This is true even if you are sick and have medical excuses. The rationale for this rule is that people who miss more than 20% are not really receiving the content of the course. From the Rules of the University Senate, Part II, Excused Absences: If attendance is required or serves as a criterion for a grade in a course‚ and if a student has excused absences in excess of one–fifth of the class contact hours for that course‚ a student shall have the right to petition for a “W‚” and the faculty member may require the student to petition for a “W” or take an “I” in the course. (US: 2/9/87; RC: 11/20/87)

Ethics Statement
This course and its participants will not tolerate discrimination, violence, or vandalism. EDC is an open and affirming department for all people, including those who are subjected to racial profiling, hate crimes, heterosexism, and violence. We insist that appropriate action be taken against those who perpetrate discrimination, violence, or vandalism. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity institution and affirms its dedication to non-discrimination on the basis or race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, national origin, or disability in employment, programs, and services. Our commitment to non-discrimination and affirmation action embraces the entire university community including faculty, staff, and students. All students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and ethical manner during their UK classes and related field placements, as befitting students, future teachers, and ambassadors for the University of Kentucky. Any unethical behavior in class or during your field placements may result in failure for the course and/or expulsion