NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

21st Century Teaching and Learning

EDUC 600

Educators need to integrate technology into their curriculum to transform student learning and meet the goals of the 21st century. To succeed in today's information-driven academic environment, students need to know how to find, use, manage, evaluate and convey information efficiently and effectively. This includes not only knowledge of technology, but the ability to use critical-thinking skills to solve problems within a technological environment. Teachers wrap 21st century literacy skills into lesson content using a variety of strategies. This course helps educators plan and assess effective technology teaching methods, incorporate technology into any discipline, and develop technology teaching methods. In this six week course, educators wear both a "student hat" and a "teacher hat" as they use digital technology and communication tools to solve an information problem. Educators experience how to use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, as well as develop a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information. This valuable, first-hand experience demonstrates the essential technology skills students need to succeed in the 21st Century.


• Use the Internet in instruction efficiently and effectively to develop student-centered, project-based learning that supports the development of 21stcentury skills.

• Create new lessons that incorporate technology applications into your core curriculum.

• Transform curriculum with technology-based real-world learning for your students.

• Design content that enhances learning and fosters students' engagement with technology.

• Integrate technology and core content to teach problem solving, analytical skills, and techniques for presentation.