2016 Introduction to EdTech: Online Courses

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Course description and aims

This is a blended learning course where students study online course materials to learn about educational technology (Edtech) and apply knowledge they have gained to access online learning applications. Up to 15 students may enroll in this course on a space/seat available basis. Classroom lectures will be held the first and second weeks, there will be few formal lectures in this course and learning will be derived from studying online materials on the edX edge website and group work. This course is supported in part by Tokyo Tech Online Educational Development Office (OEDO) and periodically may use of its facilities. A high level of English communication ability is required for this class equivalent to 800 points or higher on the TOEIC exam. The number of students that can enroll in this class is limited to 15 students. See the course website for further information https://edge.edx.org/courses/course-v1:TokyoTechX+401X+2016Q1/about and course introduction video https://youtu.be/SYLGK59ZA0A .

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn about educational technology i.e. online learning (MOOCs, online courses) by studying online learning materials and through group work evaluation of educational technology app.


online learning, Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), Small Private Online Course (SPOC), blended learning, e-learning, edX, Coursera

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

lecture and/or online learning materials studied on edX edge web site, group work on project and final project presentation

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course introduction, syllabus, grade, final project, students' self-introductions (icebreaker) and course learning outcomes, e-learning,
Class 2 Learning management systems (open edX and Canvas) and Mind Map on online learning
Class 3 Educational technology online applications, assessing apps with examples online educational technology applications
Class 4 Online learning lesson creation and instructional design using LMS to create a lesson and instructional design
Class 5 Group work on final project final project on using learning management system or edtech app evaluation
Class 6 use and application of blended learning blended learning
Class 7 Final group work presentation oral presentation skills


E-learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 3rd Ed., Clark and Mayer, Pfeiffer, 2011.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

edX online courses, blendedX, demoX, VideoX
course website on edx edge https://edge.edx.org/courses/course-v1:TokyoTechX+401X+2016Q1/about
course introduction video https://youtu.be/SYLGK59ZA0A

Assessment criteria and methods

30% quizzes, 20% participation in group work including self/peer assessment, 50% final project report and group presentation on applying course derived knowledge to evaluate a EdTech app that solves real-world or academic e-learning problems.

Related courses

  • LAW.X403 : Introduction to EdTech: Video-Making

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Knowledge about online learning education technology and experience with MOOCs is helpful but not required. Advanced English conversation and ability to work in a group is required.


This is the first of a two part course series related to online learing using open edX learning management system. Students who complete the course will have skills to create online courses using video, graphics and text. After completing the two course series, students will have the basic skills required to be an onlined educational development office teaching assistant creating online courses.

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