CTCH 603 (001):  Teaching with Technology - Fall 2004


William M. Pegram, (703) 486-0952 (h), wpegram@gmu.edu

Meeting Times and Location

Fridays 6:30-10PM - 9/10;10/1, 10/22, 11/12
Saturdays 9:45-3PM - 9/11, 10/2, 10/23, 11/13
Location: Innovation Hall 330
One or two other sessions to be mutually agreed on - conducted as a distance education session

Course Description

Provides students with an overview of and hands-on experience with technology tools available to enhance classroom and online learning.  Examines issues related to the use of technology in teaching and learning and guides students in the development of effective technology-enhanced learning activities for undergraduate students.


Basic familiarity with computer operations.  Basic skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and electronic presentation software applications. Basic Internet and electronic database research skills.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be familiar with a wide range of technology options to enhance learning and teaching.
  2. Students will be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of various technologies and be able to choose the options most effective for a particular teaching situation.
  3. Students will be able to design effective learning activities using technology to enhance student learning of disciplinary materials.
  4. Students will be able to assess the effectiveness of technology-enhanced learning activities.
  5. Students will understand legal and ethical issues associated with using technology to enhance instruction, such as copyright, privacy, and security.

Required Texts:

  1. Integrating Technology for Meaninful Learning, 4th edition, Mark Grabe and Cindy Grabe, Houghton Mifflin Company, ISBN 0-618-30580-7
  2. Taking a Big Picture Look @ Technology, Learning & the Community College, edited by Mark David Milliron and Cindy L. Miles, League for Innovation in the Community College, 2000, ISBN 0-615-11152-1.
  3. George Mason University Student Technology Guide: Information & Instructions for Computing at Mason. Available for free on campus and online at http://itusupport.gmu.edu/stg/student_guide_2004.pdf

Recommended Text

  1. Introduction to WebCT version 3.8 Workshop Guide, available from Johnson Center Copy Center, $7.71

General Course Policies

GMU Honor Code is in full force.  Discussion and support between students is encouraged, but in producing course assignments you are presumed to be working alone unless an assignment specifically calls for group or collaborative work. 

If you have a disability, let me know as soon as possible. Material turned in late is reduced 10% for every week Participation is expected and essential.


Student Presentations (20%) - Each student will make at least 3 short presentations during the semester. These will normally be done in the class session devoted to the particular topic. Each presentation will normally involve the use of some technology, that is, the presentation should consist of more than an oral presentation with a blackboard/whiteboard. Students will normally notify the instructor of the topic via email prior to the start of the particular class session in which they want to present.

Class Participation (10%) - This involves attendance and thoughtful participation.

Software Review or Learning Contract - due November 13 (15%). Guidance on Software Review, Guidance on Learning Contract

Online Portfolio (15%) - The student will construct a web page with links to all the work they do in the class. All the work will be uploaded to the student's website except as agreed between the student and instructor.

Other Assignments (40%)

Revised: September 10, 2004. Comments to William Pegram, wpegram@gmu.edu