Syllabus for EDT-520-OL



Leadership and Supervision in Educational Technology is designed to provide both a theoretical and a practical foundation for current and future school leaders in the adoption and adaption of technology in administrative, curriculum, and instructional areas. The course will trace the development of educational technology today and provide the basis for leaders at all levels to make sound judgments about using technology to improve student learning and professional effectiveness. Included will be an examination of data-driven decision-making and the overall collection and use of data. 


After completing this course, you will be able to:


  1. Discuss the importance of technology in administrative planning and the leadership of schools and other educational organizations.
  2. Identify the leading issues related to using technology in schools in such areas as general education, special needs students, equity of opportunity, and closing the digital divide among students, parents, and professionals.
  3. Relate the emergence and continual evolution of technology to leadership, management, human capital, and student development.
  4. Examine the components and overall value of data-driven decision-making and its impact on student achievement and professional development.
  5. Explain how technology impacts curriculum and instruction.
  6. Analyze the potential role of multimedia and its impact on school in order to determine
    how leadership may assist students, parents, and teachers in dealing with new
    technology functions.
  7. Assess the current and future roles that data communications will play in the administration and operation of the schools.
  8. Discuss ways that both traditional and distance learning approaches may impact schools to improve overall student achievement and effectiveness of school operations.
  9. Illustrate the importance of educational and financial planning in considering the selection and purchasing of technological hardware and software.
  10. Develop a multi-year technology plan to assist in preparing students, parents, staff, and teachers in dealing with current and future changes when using new equipment and software in teaching and learning.
  11. Analyze current district and school policies and procedures to ensure that policies are ethical and legal,  deal with diversity, ensure privacy protection, and have high levels of security.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. Picciano, A.G. (2011).  Educational leadership and planning for technology.  Boston:  Pearson.  

ISBN#: 978-0-13-705822-8


Leadership and Supervision in Educational Technology  is a three-credit online course, consisting of ten (10) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Technology and Leadership
  2. Module 2: Computers and Education

  1. Module 3: Improved Leadership with Technology
  2. Module 4: Data-Driven Decision Making

  1. Module 5: Instructional Applications of Technology
  2. Module 6: Multimedia and Education

  1. Module 7: Communicating Data and Information
  2. Module 8: The Potential of Distance Education
  3. Module 9: Educational and Financial Planning for Technology

  1. Module 10: Developing Effective Users of Technology


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in ten (10) graded discussion forums, complete five (5) case studies, and complete five (11) written assignments. You must also complete a final project.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Web site are the rubrics used to aid in the grading of all activities.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in ten (10) graded discussion forums. Discussion Board assignments allow interaction with the class. Since discussions are interactive, these activities enable intellectual exchange with one’s peers.

There is also one ungraded but required forum: an introduction forum in module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete five (5) written assignments. The written assignments ask you to answer questions related to the topics covered in each module.

You have a choice between two questions in each assignment. Assignment answers are one to two pages in length (no more than 500 words)..

Case Studies

You are required to complete five (5) case study assignments. These assignments ask you to read a case study from the text and answer questions.

Case study answers are expected to be one to two pages in length (no more than 500 words) for all questions taken together.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Discussion forums (10)—20%
  2. Written assignments (5)—30%
  3. Case Studies (5)—30%
  4. Final Project—20%

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
























Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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