Students explore current and emerging technologies in the Instructional Technology division of Curriculum and Instruction. Undergraduate teaching majors can specialize in this program with a minor emphasis in educational technology or media. A Masters of Arts degrees is offered in Instructional Technology. PK-12 teachers and administrators can complete coursework to earn an Instructional Technology Facilitator Certificate.
The mission of UNI Instructional Technology is to prepare technology leaders with the knowledge to have a vision and the skills to make it happen.
The Division of Instructional Technology is committed to:
- Model digital-age learning and teaching experiences
- Promote digital citizenship, multiculturalism and ethical behavior in the global culture.
- Challenge students to think beyond the status quo and be change agents for learning
- Prepare reflective and innovative educators committed to professional growth and life-long learning
Excellence in skill development
In the Instructional Technology classes, students learn about a wide variety of current and emerging technologies and how to include them in classroom instruction. Students have multiple opportunities to actively learn, such as:
- Creating dynamic web pages and brochures
- Learning audio/video production, digital imaging, and principles of publication design
- Understanding how to integrate technology into all subject areas
- Designing effective classroom learning materials for all students
- Creating a digital portfolio that demonstrates one's abilities and understanding.
Undergraduate students preparing to be teachers will be users and leaders of technology in classrooms and schools. The Educational Technology Minor gives them one more way to demonstrate their teaching skills. The Instructional Technology graduate degree program creates opportunities in classrooms and in the business community.
The Instructional Technology masters program prepares professionals for positions in both K-16 educational settings and corporate opportunities. Our graduates are successful teachers, technology coordinators, instructional designers, trainers, web designers, or community college instructors.
Student leadership opportunities
UNI eTUG (educational Technology User Group) is a student-based service group aimed at learning how to use technology and support practicing teachers in their classrooms and beyond. Members learn through presentations, research and groups discussion. They share their practical knowledge with UNI's RD3 school and area schools to provide additional technology support.
Convenient graduate programs
Most of the Instructional Technology courses are available online. This provides access to your coursework from a distance and at your own convenience. For those who prefer face-to-face courses a few electives are still offered in the evening for employed professionals to attend. Students do not need to be licensed teachers for admission; their bachelor's degree may be in any field.
Excellence in faculty teaching, scholarship
Faculty members in this division have published articles on technology integration, distance learning, and emergent
technologies in nationally-known publications. Several have also written books on instructional technology topics. Their commitment to high standards of teaching led them to design their classes using the standards of several professional organizations. This presents a common language for students to use in their learning and a united approach to all class goals and objectives.
Graduate students and faculty in Instructional Technology take their expertise out of the country. Several graduate students have provided workshops to university faculty in St. Petersburg, Russia; Poznan, Poland; Deventer, Holland and Beijing, China. Faculty believe that international experiences are important for student professional development.