Three Weeks at Camp Ed-Tech: Finding A New Model for the Educational Technology Master's Program
Edwin J. George, Florida Gulf Coast University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
During the summer of 1998, Florida Gulf Coast University invented a new way to earn an Educational Technology Master's degree. Founded in 1997 as a university dedicated to utilizing new technologies for both local and distance learning, FGCU's School of Education has enabled learners from across the state to complete a degree program in just 13-months, in large part from their own home. Utilizing a new model combining traditional web-based distance learning with two, conference-style in-residence sessions, students gain the benefits of both distance and face-to-face teaching techniques. The two conferences are known as "Tech-In's" and last three-weeks each. This paper discusses the development of the program, the first Tech-In, and reports on the status of the students in the cohort near the conclusion of the fall 1998 semester.
George, E.J. (1999). Three Weeks at Camp Ed-Tech: Finding A New Model for the Educational Technology Master's Program. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 40-45). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).