IT521 Proseminar I: Instructional Technology as a Profession

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Instructor Information
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch
Educational Psychology and Counseling
A532 Bailey Education Complex
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7712

*Please note that the instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus during the semester and participants will be notified through this website and BlackBoard Announcements

Meeting Time Wednesday 5:45PM- 8:35PM, All meetings are online both synchronous and asynchronous formats.

Office Hours Monday 3:45PM-4:45PM ( Online or Face-to-Face), Other appointments can be arranged upon request

Course Description and Value

This course is designed for both Master’s and Doctoral students interested in the instructional/educational technology profession. Participants will reflect on issues related to the definition of the field, ethics, and career options. Through these reflections, participants will identify their future role in the field and develop personal goals with accompanying plan for achieving those goals. Participants will be introduced to media evaluation and visual design principles within the context of electronic media development. Master’s students will begin designing their portfolio for the program and doctoral students will begin exploring a topic of interest in the field and conduct a literature review based on seminal and current works.

Course Format

This is 100% online with blended synchronous and asynchronous meetings through Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard. To ensure that you are available for all synchronous course activities please make sure that you are available for the set course hours. Additionally, please make sure that you have access to a computer with a high speed Internet connection and a USB headset with a microphone for optimum participation in the synchronous sessions. Please review the Classroom Etiquette section carefully to understand your responsibilities as a professional participant in this course. If you choose to engage in activities that are unprofessional, disrespectful to others, or disruptive you will lose points toward course participation.

Initial Course Ground Rules
The following document lists the course ground rules approved by past participants. We will examine and update them. Course Ground Rules

As a member of IT 521 I understand that it is best to have a set of ground rules of participation. I also understand that the ground rules are a living document, and when the need arise I will bring to attention to others by contacting the instructor privately or by sharing comments publicly asynchronously or synchronously in class.

The Ground Rules of Participation include...TBA

Course participants will be able to:
  1. Develop an online community of professionals;
  2. Explore instructional/educational technology as a field (masters and doctorate);
  3. Explore and identify career paths within instructional/educational technology and examine personal roles in the field (masters and doctorate);
  4. Evaluate electronic media for instructional purposes (masters and doctorate);
  5. Design an electronic professional portfolio (masters only), and
  6. Explore and develop a research agenda within the field (doctorate only).

Alignment to Standards

  • AECT Standard 2 Content Pedagogy: Candidates will be encouraged to grow as practitioners within a supportive community of practice that enables them to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies based on content pedagogy.
  • AECT Standard 5 Research: Candidates explore, evaluate, synthesize and apply systemic methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve performance.
  • ISTE.NETS-C 1 Visionary Leadership
Technology coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment
  • ISTE.NETS-C 4 Professional Development & Program Evaluation
    Technology coaches conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs, and evaluate the impact on instructional practice to student learning.
Required Text
  • Reiser, R., & Dempsey, J. V. (2011). Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (3rd ed.). Allyn & Bacon.

Readings Posted Electronically on
  • The URL to access the folder for this course is provided in Blackboard. You may violate copyright laws if you choose to share this URL to others so please act responsibility.
Required Equipment
  • Personal computer with high speed internet connection
  • USB headset with a microphone--every participant must access the synchronous session with USB headset with a microphone
Course Resources
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research
Graduate Catalog: (Listing of academic programs, courses, and policies)
Hilltopics: (Campus and academic policies, procedures and standards of conduct)
Academic Planning (Advising resources, course requirements, and major guides)
Student Success Center (Academic support resources)

Instructor Generated Resources
10 Habits of Being a Successful Graduate Student and Beyond
How do I know when an article is peer Reviewed?
Peer Reviewed Article Matrix

Resources for Searching Journal Articles
Course Communications
You will regularly receive course related communications from the instructor through email and through BlackBoard Announcements. It is your responsibility to make sure that your university email account is in working condition. If you have technical issues or need help troubleshooting, please contact OIT at or call the helpdesk at 865-974-9900. You should expect your instructor to respond to your message within 24 hours on regular business days during the week and 48 hours on weekends and university holidays. If you do not hear back from the instructor, please send another message or call 865-974-7712.

University Civility Statement
Civility is genuine respect and regard for others: politeness, consideration, tact, good manners, graciousness, cordiality, affability, amiability and courteousness. Civility enhances academic freedom and integrity, and is a prerequisite to the free exchange of ideas and knowledge in the learning community. Our community consists of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus visitors. Community members affect each other’s well-being and have a shared interest in creating and sustaining an environment where all community members and their points of view are valued and respected. Affirming the value of each member of the university community, the campus asks that all its members adhere to the principles of civility and community adopted by the campus:

Disability Services
Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 865-974-6087 in 2227 Dunford Hall ( to document their eligibility for services. ODS will work with students and faculty to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Your Role in Improving Teaching and Learning Through Course Assessment
At UT, it is our collective responsibility to improve the state of teaching and learning. During the semester, you may be requested to assess aspects of this course either during class or at the completion of the class. You are encouraged to respond to these various forms of assessment as a means of continuing to improve the quality of the UT learning experience.

Academic Honesty
Academic integrity is a responsibility of all members of the academic community. An honor statement is included on the application for admission and readmission. The applicant’s signature acknowledges that adherence is confirmed. The honor statement declares:

An essential feature of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty. As a student of the university, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.

You are expected to complete your own work. You cannot re-submit work here that was done for previous classes.

Students shall not plagiarize. Plagiarism is using the intellectual property or product of someone else without giving proper credit. The undocumented use of someone else’s words or ideas in any medium of communication (unless such information is recognized as common knowledge) is a serious offense subject to disciplinary action that may include failure in a course and/or dismissal from the university. Some examples of plagiarism are
  • Using without proper documentation (quotation marks and a citation) written or spoken words, phrases, or sentences from any source.
  • Summarizing without proper documentation (usually a citation) ideas from another source (unless such information is recognized as common knowledge).
  • Borrowing facts, statistics, graphs, pictorial representations, or phrases without acknowledging the source (unless such information is recognized as common knowledge).
  • Submitting work, either in whole or in part, created by a professional service and used without attribution (e.g., paper, speech, bibliography, or photograph).

Extreme caution should be exercised by students involved in collaborative research to avoid questions of plagiarism. If in doubt, students should check with the major professor and the Dean of the Graduate School about the project. Plagiarism will be investigated when suspected and prosecuted if established.

For this class, plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and a meeting with your academic advisor.

Academic writing conventions and abilities
All assignments must conform to the style and reference notation format outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  The APA manual is an essential tool for graduate school academic writing.  Please study it carefully and refer to it often.  If you are unsure about particular APA formatting and citation rules, refer to the manual. 

The ability to write in an appropriate academic manner is critical to successful graduate study. If you find that you need assistance with your writing, please visit the university’s free Writing Center housed in the English department: They do not proofread or edit your work, but they can help with idea development and organization – key elements of successful academic writing.

Resources and Responsibilities
It is assumed that this course will "cost" you extra resources in time and expense. Any new skill such as computer use or graphics design should be considered time-consuming and most work will be done outside of the regular class period. It is further assumed that those who enter the course have a wide range of experience and expertise in the field. Ownership of a microcomputer is not required; however, access to one is a necessity. We will be using both Macs and PCs in this course.

Attendance Policy
Students are expected to be on time, attend all classes, and participate in class discussions, small group activities, exercises, and projects. You may not receive class participation credit for missed classes and are responsible for missed information. However, emergencies can occur at any time and the instructor reserves the right, based on the individual situation, to accommodate a student with any emergency. A student missing class must complete all assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor before credit will be issued. Absences are not considered excused for job interviews, vacations, regular doctor's appointments, or general lack of planning. Students are granted one "free" absence, regardless of the situation. However multiple absences and excessive tardiness are considered unacceptable for success in this course and can be cause for a final grade reduction. Attendance will be taken every class session, and every unexcused absence after the "free" absence will cost you a 10 point deduction from your final grade.

Tardiness is disruptive and rude to your instructor and your fellow students and reflects badly on you - it can speak about your attitude and work ethic. Students arriving late to class should wait until the instructor, fellow student, or guest speaker is finished talking and should take a seat close to the door. Excessive tardiness = 20 minutes late more than two times.

Classroom Etiquette
During synchronous sessions, while your instructor, your peer, or guest lecturer is conducting a presentation you are expected to pay complete attention to what they are presenting. It is not only rude, but also distracting to other participants when you engage in activities on your computer, personal portable devices, and cell phones that is disruptive to the synchronous meetings. If you engage in disrespectful and disruptive behaviors during synchronous meetings, you will lose points from course participation, which will affect negatively on your final grade for this course. Make sure that your cell phone and/or beeper are turned off or set on manner mode. Please inform the instructor before class session begins if you are experiencing circumstances that warrant your cell phone/beeper to be turned on, such as extreme weather conditions that may put your family members in danger.

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Last updated: August 19, 2015