CI 201, Introduction to Instructional Technology is the required technology course for all ISU students who are seeking Iowa public school teaching licensure. Between 240 and 330 students take the course during a given semester. The primary focus of the course is on teaching and learning. Students design a series of activities for the grade level and in the content area in which they plan to teach. Projects typically include a detailed lesson plan, an example of what students in the class might create, and an extended reflection on the project. The lesson plan and reflection often count for more than half of the project grade, underscoring the focus on pedagogy rather than technology.
All students attend two 50-minute lectures per week in
a large lecture hall. Instructional strategies tend to include
lecture with PowerPoint presentation, examples of various
types of educational software and web pages from the World
Wide Web, video clips, discussion, and written feedback
assignments that require applying information from class
to a new problem. Interaction between students and instructor
occur, but is challenging due to the nature of the class.
Students also participate in one two-hour lab session each
week. Typical labs have between 15 and 22 students and Curriculum
and Instructional Technology (CIT) graduate students teach
the lab sections. Lab sessions typically center on student
projects. TAs explain the project, discuss the grading rubric,
give an overview of the software to be used and development
process, lead a brainstorming discussion on project ideas
and give feedback to individual students. Students often
have opportunities to begin work on projects during lab
time, but the majority of time spent on projects is done
outside of class. TAs work regular hours in the open-access
lab so their students can get additional help during those
Students in this course use TrackStar to access KITE cased-based reasoning activities to apply, analyze and evaluate their newly acquired pedagogical concepts. Examples of the activities are provided below.