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Issues and Trends in Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC-735

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

An overview of the current issues and trends in the field of education, specifically targeting the area of teaching and learning.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide a knowledge base concerning issues and trends in the field of education, specifically the areas of teaching and learning. The candidate should have a sound knowledge base of the issues as well as a plan to research these issues and should begin to develop a network with other educators in the field to discuss and make recommendations concerning these issues.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Interpret how practitioners carry out inquiry and the issues faced and can make inferences about research implications.
  2. Integrate skills in speaking, writing, reading, and listening for effective communication in educational settings.
  3. Collaborate with various educational stakeholders in a variety of settings.
  4. Select appropriate technology and resources to support educational goals.
  5. Exercise reflection and sound judgment in the practice of the profession.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

None

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: Author.

 Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, for Discussion Board Forum 1, the candidate will introduce himself/herself to others in the course. The candidate must post a thread in response to the prompt. The candidate is encouraged to read other candidates’ threads. For Discussion Board Forums 2–4, the candidate is required to post 1 thread of at least 500 words. The candidate must post 2 replies of at least 200 words each. The candidate must support his/her assertions with 1–2 citations in current APA format for each thread except in Discussion Board Forum 1. (MLO:  B, E)

Journal List

Using ERIC, EBSCO Host, or Info Trac, the candidate is to locate at least 5 peer-reviewed journals in the field of education. The candidate will then provide a 3–5-sentence description of the journal, along with the title. The resource list must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions folder within Blackboard. (MLO: A, D)

Research Paper Outline

The candidate will create a short, working, and informal outline of how he/she plans to formulate his/her Research Paper. The outline must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions folder within Blackboard,  This includes a Historical Summary, Current Research, and at least 10 resources that the student plans to use in his/her paper. (MLO: A, B)

Article Critiques (3)

The candidate will complete 3 Article Critiques in this course. Each Article Critique must be 3 pages (including cover page) and no more than 4 pages. Each article critique must be submitted in Blackboard and follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions folder within Blackboard. (MLO: A, B)

Field Expert Interview

For this assignment, the candidate will conduct an interview of 8-10 questions with a specialist in his/her school division (or one nearby) that has a sound knowledge base of the candidate’s topic for his/her research. It is preferred that the interview be conducted in person, but by phone or video conferencing will work also. While the candidate is conducting the interview, he/she must focus on obtaining insight into the issue he/she has chosen and learning to network and collaborate with a colleague to discuss educational issues. The candidate must not focus on employment opportunities. The interview must be submitted in Blackboard and follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions folder within Blackboard. (MLO: B, C, E)

Research Paper

The Research Paper for this course will be based on the topic chosen in the beginning of the course concerning teaching and learning. The paper must be written in current formal APA style. The minimum number of required resources is 10. All resources must be scholarly articles (published no more than 5 years ago) or peer-reviewed journals (usually found from databases such as ERIC, EBSCO Host, or Info Trac). Resources must be diverse in nature and can include books and/or professional websites. The research aspect must be from diligent work in ascertaining current, scholarly resources to support writing about the topic/issue. No original research may be conducted for the Research Paper. The research paper must follow the specific instructions located in the Assignment Instructions folder within Blackboard. This assignment must be submitted through SafeAssign and Blackboard.  (MLO: A, B, D)

Presentation Project

The purpose of this assignment is to help the candidate gain experience with a realistic topic/issue in a future position the candidate hopes to obtain. Before beginning, the candidate must think about an issue in teaching and learning that would fall under his/her jurisdiction in this future (or current) position. This topic must not be the same as the Research Paper. The project is broken into 3 parts. For further instruction, refer to the Assignment Instructions found in Blackboard. The candidate must support his/her project with at least 5 scholarly sources, properly citing them in current APA format. The assignment must be submitted in Blackboard.  (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 30 pts ea)

90

Journal List

50

Research Paper Outline

60

Article Critiques (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Field Expert Interview

100

Research Paper

200

Presentation Project

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

EDUC 735

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

2 articles

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Class Introductions

Journal List

10

0

0

50

2

2 articles

1 presentation

Research Paper Outline

60

3

1 article

Discussion Board Forum 1

Article Critique 1

30

100

4

2 articles

Field Expert Interview

100

5

2 articles

1 website

Discussion Board Forum 2

Article Critique 2

30

100

6

2 articles

Article Critique 3

100

7

1 article

Research Paper

200

8

1 article

1 presentation

Discussion Board Forum 3

Presentation Project

30

200

Total

1010

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.