Cody Bernard - Annotated Transcript

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program prepares students to be "confident, capable users of a wide range of technologies in educational settings" as well as "develop deep theoretical understandings of how, when and why to integrate technologies to support learning processes" (MAET Website). This is only possible through the wide-array of diverse classes that I completed while enrolled in the program. Below is an annotated transcript of the classes I completed while in the MAET program. Each class has helped me become a better learner, teacher, and thinker.

Fall 2014

CEP 800 - Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings

Instructors: Sarah Keenan-Lechel and Dr. Danah Henriksen

I enrolled in CEP 800 as a LifeLong student to determine if the MAET program was a good fit for me. CEP 800 introduced me to psychological theories on student understanding and helped me connect my own learning experiences with learning theories. This class introduced me to situated learning and Dr. James Paul Gee's work, which I find to be very compelling. The course also helped me determine the software, Audacity and Corel Video Studio, that I would use to create audio and video projects for the remainder of the MAET program.

Spring 2015

CEP 810 - Teaching for Understanding with Technology

Instructors: Alison Keller and Ben Rimes

In CEP 810, I learned the concepts of teaching for understanding, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), and Personal Learning Networks (PLN). CEP 810 afforded me the opportunity to learn more about jQuery using my PLN resources of YouTube, W3Schools, StackOverflow, Simple jQuery Form Validation, and fancyBox. After completing CEP 810, I knew the MAET program was the right fit for me. After I completed the course, I applied to the MAET program and was accepted as a traditional student.

Fall 2015

CEP 811 - Adapting Innovative Technologies to Education

Instructors: Janine Campbell and Amy Pietrowski

In CEP 811, I first learned about Makerspaces and the "maker culture", which peaked my interest immensely. I used my knowledge of TPACK to repurpose technology and create a role for it in our teaching. CEP 811 led me to learning about the Raspberry Pi and other innovative technologies (ie. Makey Makey) that can be used to support student learning. I connected with the concept of Makerspaces and it is something that I will pursue in the future as I explained in my "Looking Forward" essay.

CEP 812 - Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice

Instructors: William Marsland and Alison Keller

In CEP 812, I had another opportunity to learn more about Dr. James Paul Gee and his concept of "frozen thought". "Frozen thought" resonated with me and became a concept that I worked with in future CEP classes. Also in CEP 812, I had a chance to examine my "info diet" and analyze where I receive information from. I learned about passion quotient and curiosity quotient from Thomas L. Friendman and explored ways that I could instill curiosity and passion in students. One of my favorite moments of this class was working on my Wicked Problem project, "Failure as a Learning Mode", which I discuss in-depth on my graduate showcase page.

Spring 2016

CEP 815 - Technology and Leadership

Instructors: Ben Gleason and Dr. Aman Yadav

In CEP 815, I learned more about what it truly means to be a leader and the skills that great leaders should possess. The class readings challenged me to think about how technologies effects the processes of learning as I explored professional development and project management strategies. This class helped me understand that, while I am not a supervisor, I am a leader in my role as an information technologist. During CEP 815, I also had the opportunity to construct a vision statement, which examined my vision for the future of technology in education.

CEP 820 - Teaching Students Online

Instructors: Elizabeth Owen Boltz and Dr. Anne Heintz

In CEP 820, I learned more about different platforms for hosting online learning and explored which one would work best for me by creating accounts on Google Classroom, Haiku, and Schoology. After analyzing data from the U.S Department of Education and INACOL, I compiled principles which I used to help guide my creation of a four week course on Schoology. My Schoology course, "Master Microsoft Word 2016", is a fully functioning course in which students learn, assess, engage, and design their own Microsoft Word projects. I created all the content for the course as well as formative and summative assessments.

Spring 2017

CEP 817 - Learning Technology through Design

Instructors: Dr. Aman Yadav, Diana Campbell, Cui Cheng, and Carmen Richardson

In CEP 817, I learned about design thinking models and modes, particularly Stanford's d. School modes of Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Throughout the course I applied these modes to a problem of practice, re-designing MSU's SAT macro, ultimately culminating in a design report. I learned about brainstorming and incubation and recognized what an important tool incubation has been for me while I program code. In my opinion, CEP 817 was one of the most beneficial classes for my career in computer programming as it better helped me understand the design process.

Summer 2017

CEP 813 - Electronic Portfolios for Teaching and Learning

Instructors: Sarah Keenan-Lechel and Spencer Greenhalgh

In CEP 813, I got a chance to closely study theories on assessment, while analyzing different forms of formative and summative assessment. I learned how to view assessment as assessment FOR, OF, or AS learning (Noyce, 2011). I learned how to design effective assessment using "backward design" (Grant & McTighe, 2005). I also had the opportunity to experiment with assessment through gamification. One of the best rewards of taking this class was my Rubric for Effective Design, which is a tangible document I created that I can use to ensure I am using effective assessment.

Fall 2017

CEP 822 - Approaches to Educational Research

Instructors: Sarah Gretter and Patrick Beymer

In CEP 822, I expanded my understanding of educational research by learning more about strategies, methodologies, and practices. I learned about the complexities of educational research and how adopting quality stances can help improve my professional growth as it provides me with evidence-based support for my instructional choices. I also had the opportunity to study the role of social media in the college admissions process while creating my first research action paper. This class helped me develop a critical eye for analyzing and critiquing published studies.

CEP 807 - Capstone in Educational Technology

Instructors: Dr. Matt Koehler, Brittany Dillman, Sarah Keenan-Lechel, and Spencer Greenhalgh

In CEP 807, I reflected on my time in the MAET program. I created this website, an online portfolio, which surmises my work during the MAET program. This portfolio is a great way to show people the skills and knowledge I have learned during my graduate studies. I also consider this portfolio a resource for others as they design educational technology. I plan on keeping this professional portfolio up-to-date on my current professional endeavors.