NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

Authentic Innovation in the 21st Century Classroom

EDUC 600

Classroom instruction and assessment  exist in the context of a globally connected, high-speed, technology world. This course instructs teachers how to incorporate the latest social learning and neuroscience research on critical thinking, multi-tasking,multimodal learning, collaboration and engagement  to address the needs of a 21st century classroom. Combining lecture and classroom footage,educators will learn how to use a variety of technology tools to expand and sharpen students' thinking skills by exploring ideas, researching  questions, testing hypotheses, organizing  and composing  thoughts, drawing conclusions, and working collaboratively.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Digital innovations in education.
  • The implications for education of the democratization of knowledge.
  • Educators’ evolving responsibilities in the 21st century.
  • What authentic collaboration looks like.
  • The foundations of authentic cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Students’ needs as informed consumers, composers/producers of multimedia, and visual and multimodal thinkers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will be able to apply the following skills:

  • Employ digital innovations in education.
  • Adapt teaching styles to accommodate the democratization of knowledge.
  • Embrace new responsibilities as educators.
  • Create authentic collaborative and cooperative learning opportunities.
  • Advance students’ critical thinking skills.
  • Advance students’ creative thinking skills.
  • Address students’ needs as informed consumers, composers/producers of multimedia, and as visual and multimodal thinkers.
  • Create classroom structures that compel profound learning.