EDC 544 - Integration and Use of Instructional Media


Course Materials and Syllabus

Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 TEB 245
Instructor: Dr. Gerry Swan (gswan@uky.edu)
Office: 134C Taylor Education Building

The materials and tenative schedule are shown below

Week Tools Materials/topics Assignment Due


PowerPoint is evil
Basic Design is Powerful


9/15 Text/Graphics

Bruner Article

PowerPoint Tutorial

UDL guidelines

Campus Map

XML Texts


Read about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) (you'll need to register for an account).

Read Chapters 3 and 4

9/22 Text/Graphics



Analogic Thinking Chapter

Read Cognitive Load Articles 1 & 2

Presentation of your graphic/metaphor/visualization representing your connections between Cognitive Load and UDL (what we worked on in class). Let's see some cowbell.

What is cowbell you ask? It's a combination of effort, style and all around epicness. Watch this for the origin of cowbell.

How much cowbell is enough. This much (watch the drummer).



Concert Seating

Attempting to understand

SAMR Example (better)




Explaining stuff

Kahn 1 | Kahn 2
Proportion video
Proportion Tutorial

20 minute Redesign Challenge

wiki video 1
wiki video 2
wiki video 3

Hans Roslings

Muscle Cars

Multimedia slide show due.

10/13 Video

Hans Rosling style spreadsheet

Cupcake Slide Redesign


10/20 Video Cool Design
Bruce/Levin Taxonomy
10/27 Video


Final version of elements due
What does an 'A' look like? See Here and Here

Technical Competence (it works), Robust Content (it's accurate), Reflects Design Principals (thoughtfully constructed). Must have:

  • multiple forms of media
  • Tell me why it reflects design principals


11/3 Scratch

Egg video

Scratch Examples


Searching Google

Hats off to you

A Knight's Story

Enzyme Simulation

ID process

11/10 Scratch Construction and Expression

Check out scratch scratch.mit.edu. Have 4 hours of fun with Scratch. Upload your "fun", email me the link as well as how you spent your fun time.
11/17 Scratch Construction and Expression  
11/24 Scratch    
12/1 Design Challenge

Hour of code

Scratch exemplar performance/products are due.

12/8 Design Challenge

Media/Animation by Tversky

(more Tversky)

Jet video

doppler effect

Transformations (interactivity or animation)

Theatricality is a powerful agent

12/15 Design Challenge

Final Products

Course Description:
This course addresses the use and integration of educational technologies in classroom instruction, including PowerPoint, Web Page Design, Spread Sheets, database and word processing. 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 a variety of technology applications for educational purposes
2) Participants will learn to integrate technology into their teaching strategies to enhance and manage learning.
3) 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
To do well in EDC 544, you should come prepared to all class sections and actively participate in them. You must complete your assignments fully and turn them in on time. There are weekly assignments that are for practice and not used to determine grades.

How do I make an A? Here is the question on everyone's mind. there are between (3-5) assignments that are used to determine your grade in the class (why not a fixed number you ask? Well depending on how the class progresses, sometimes I need to jettison a project). For each of those assignments I will score them with an A, B or C. If you get two A's AND at least a B on the final project you get an A. Conversely, if you get two C's you've earned a C. Criteria and exemplars for achieving an A will be provided with each assignment.

I require a B on the final project because grading is a professional judgement based on evidence. The more recent the evidence the more relevance it has in that judgement. If you can't pass the final project with a B, I don't feel like I can give you an A.

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