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ASTL 5701/6701/7701 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ASTL 5701/6701/7701 - Teacher as Learner

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

In this course teachers seek to improve their knowledge and practice through a continuing process of professional reading, writing, dialogue, inquiry, and reflection. These processes can be supported by technology in a variety of ways.  This course will assist teachers in becoming comfortable with hardware and software that can be used to create effective literacy learning experiences. Teachers must know how to find, access, and asses materials from a variety of sources. Teachers must know how to design and develop multi- and hyper-media learning environments that promote active learning. Design and structure of course will contribute to the effective use of technology for promoting and developing reflective learners. These learners are able to use technology for enhancement and expansion of their learning environment.

Course Outcomes:

The course objectives for Teacher as Learner correlate with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standard, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS*T), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Teacher Standards that relate to the use of instructional technology in the classroom and as a professional development tool.

Upon successful completion of Teacher as Learner you will be able to:

  • Develop the ability to assess the capabilities and limitations of technology in developmentally and instructionally appropriate ways to help students develop skills as writers and achieve curriculum goals.
  • Design and develop standards-based multi- and hyper- mediated literacy instruction and learning environments.
  • Develop the ability to use and recognition of the value of and use of technology-based tools and resources to facilitate lifelong learning and to stay abreast of current research literature, issues, theories, and best practices to inform their instruction across all areas of reading-language arts.
  • Develop the necessary technology-based skills to provide the necessary guidance and expertise to open publication possibilities in the classroom using a range of writing projects that may incorporate graphics and may be presented as brochures, multimedia presentations, Web pages, or in other formats. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various ways multimedia computers and emerging technologies continue to broaden the types of visual media appropriate to the reading language arts classroom. 
  • Use technologies, such as digital cameras, photo imaging, and scanners to integrate text and graphics in multimedia presentations, portfolios, or other student or teacher created learning materials. 
  • Develop the necessary skills so as to provide students with access to a rich selection of texts and the technology-based skills required to produce student-generated texts (e.g. scrapbooks, stories written by family members). 
  • Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the components of critical viewing including the ability to analyze visual language, interpret graphics representations, interpret and evaluate media messages, and employ visual media as a means of communication in the classroom. 
  • Use asynchronous communication technologies to facilitate collaboration in the development of appropriate learning environments and issues of common interest 
  • Use technology as a tool to assist in regularly reflecting on the events of the day and posing problems and questions for research. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Teacher certification and admission to the TN eCampus M.Ed. Program or departmental approval. Students should have an understanding of the instructional process, the ability to write instructional objectives, design and teach instructional lessons, assess learning and have had classroom experience with P-16 learners.

Course Topics:

Module 1: The Teacher and Technology

Module 2: What's Out There? What WWW Sites Will Help My Students Acquire, Synthesize, & and Integrate Information?

Module 3: Communicating and Networking

Module 4: How Can I Use It? What Technologies are Available to Help Me in My Professional Development?

Module 5: Assessments and E-portfolio- Engaging Teachers and Students in Learning and Self-reflection

Module 6: Reflection -What have you learned and what is next ?

Specific Course Requirements:

While no specific course skills are required for this course. It would be desirable if you had the ability to send and receive E-mail and E-mail attachments, use WWW browsers such as MS Explorer, and are acquainted with productivity tools such as a word processor and spreadsheet. 

You will be required to submit several assignments that will use productivity tools, a WWW browser, and electronic presentation software such as MS PowerPoint or Publisher

Project 1: Using Technology to Locate Resources for Instruction (WWW Scavenger Hunt)

Project 2: Using Technology to Enhance Your Instruction (Standards-Based WebQuest,)

Project 3 & 4: Using Technology to Inform and Network( Blog & Newsletter )

Project 5: Using Technology for Professional Development and research

Assignment: Assessment and e-portfolio 

A significant number of these organizations have publications when you can access from the Virtual Library.

Materials needed to complete the course will be available with each assignment on the Teacher as Learner D2L web site.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are no tests or exams in Teacher As Learner.

Grading Procedures:

There are a set of performance standards associated with the Teacher As Learner course objectives for each project. Accompanying each Performance Standard is a rubric (analytic or holistic) specifying content that exceeds, meets, partially meets, or does not the performance standard.

Grading Scale:

Grades will be assigned according to the following criteria:

A 100 %-90%

B 89%- 80 %

C 79%- 70%

D 69%- 60%

F Below 59

A grade can be improved if the student is alert and read to improve it at given time but not last days of the semester and weeks after the assignment’s due date and feedback.

Assignments and Projects:

Students will be graded on the following projects/activities. Each project/assignment is designed to assist you in meeting one or more of the Teacher as Learner learning outcomes. The projects/activities and their associated point values are:

Discussions: Online Discussions (OLDs). Four OLDs each worth 50 pts 200 points

Project 1 Using Technology to Locate Resources for Instruction: 100 points

Project 2 Using Technology to Enhance Your Instruction: Standards-Based WebQuest 100 points

Project 3 Using Technology to Inform and Communicate with colleagues for collaboration (blog ) 100 points

Project 4 Using Technology to Inform Others of Your Instruction: Newsletter 100 points

Project 5 Using Technology to Explore and Present Instruction: Researching an Instructional Problem of Personal Interest and Presenting What You Learned 350 points

Project 6 Using Technology to Reflect On Your Instruction: End of Term Reflection 50 points

TOTAL POINTS for the course 1000 points

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. For example, students must communicate with other students, discussion board exchange. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor on a regular basis via email at D2L and check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements. Students must actively participate in threaded discussion events.

Late Policy:

Students must complete essays, projects, and other assignments on time. If students anticipate that an assignment will be late, they are responsible for notifying the instructor. Assignments more than a week late may not receive the full grading points.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 15, 2017