Minor in Teaching and Learning with Technology

Technology continues to influence how we teach and how we learn. Such a perspective was made clear during the pandemic when a majority of both K-12 and postsecondary schools were required to move online. While students often know how to use cutting edge technologies for personal growth, they lack knowledge and experience in teaching or learning with innovative tools. Students in education are often only required to take one ETEC class, with the expectation that their content courses will also teach them how to implement technology in multiple settings. Students outside of education may be supporting teaching and learning across the lifespan, but do not currently have the ability to minor in ETEC. Those outside of the university may have never had the chance to learn about technology with innovative technologies—something they are required to do in their existing jobs. The minor intends to address this gap.

Students will acquire the knowledge and concrete skills to deploy educational technology theories and strategies to multiple fields – education, public health, communication – serving education institutions, communication-related companies and public health entities (etc.). Non education students will access the most recent best practices in educational technology, applying them in their own field of reference and beyond. Education students will strengthen their know-how in learning innovations while being exposed to interdisciplinary stimuli and references, expanding their professional and academic horizon. To summarize, this program will help students succeed in the increasingly interconnected field of educational technology across multiple sectors and professions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the minor should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate main factors and processes related to the role of technology in improving learning and teaching practices at any level, from preK-12 education to professional development needs.
  • Deploy learning technologies and related strategies to fields like public health and communication.
  • Design technology-mediated solutions for improving education and related best practices.
  • Develop interventions for increasing learning outcomes and performances in education, communication, and public health.

Program Requirements

Take all of the following courses (9 credit hours):

  1. ETEC 39525   Educational Technology (3 credits)
  2. ETEC 47400   Trends in Educational Technology (3 credits)
  3. ETEC 47427   Technology & Learning (3 credits)

Select at least two courses from the following list (minimum of 6 credit hours):

  1. EMAT 15310   Creative Coding
  2. EMAT 33310   Human Computer Interaction
  3. ETEC 47403   Instructional Design (3 credits)
  4. IT 11000/12000   Office Applications
  5. IT 11009   Computer Assembly and Config
  6. IT 13000   Applied Security Essentials
  7. IT 41010   Mobile Applications for Information Technology
  8. PH 20010   Introduction to Public Health Informatics
  9. UXD 20001   Introduction to User Experience Design
  10. VCD 21000   Introduction to Web Design

Total Credit Hours: 15

Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be upper-division coursework (30000 and 40000 level).
  • Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be outside of the course requirements for any major or other minor the student is pursuing.
  • Minimum 50 percent of the total credit hours for the minor must be taken at Kent State (in residence).
  • Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.