Texas A&M University-Commerce

Department of Secondary and Higher Education

ETEC 579 – Administration of
Educational Technology Programs



Course Description

            An examination of the theories, practices, and competencies required for effective administration of educational technology programs.  Examines (supervision of organizational) media and equipment holdings.  Covers management techniques as they apply to learning resources in educational, business, and industrial settings.

Prerequisite:  ETEC 524 (Theories and Strategies of Computer Utilization) or permission of the instructor.


Term:           Fall 2002                           Credits:         3 hours
Section:        401                                  Call Number:   11932

Day:                Monday                                  Time:              4:30pm – 7:10pm

Location:        Metroplex Center - Mesquite


Instructor:     Dr. Jason Lee Davis

Office:             Education North – Room 114

Phone:            903-886-5598                       FAX:               903-886-5603

E-mail:            Jason.Davis@tamuc.edu

URL:               http://faculty.tamuc.edu/jdavis/

Office hours:  See website for current instructor schedule.  Other times by appointment.


ON-LINE TEXT: (access via TAMU-C Library Website)

Schmidt, William D., Rieck, Donald A., Vlcek, Charles W.  Managing media services [computer file]: theory and practice. (2nd ed.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000.


For Library Certification students only:American Library Association (1988) Information power:  Building partnerships for learning. Chicago, IL: Author.

Course Goals and Objectives

            During this course the learner will…


1.      distinguish between the different types of computer networks.

2.      identify basic networking components, topologies, and protocols.

3.      plan and design a networking environment and computer lab facility.

4.      become familiar with program administration.

5.      become familiar with information literacy standards for student learning.

6.      become familiar with school library services, standards, and guidelines.

Requirements and Assignments

Technology Proposal:  Each student must create a complete written proposal in response to a typical Request for Proposal (RFP) providing for the creation of a technology facility at a school district or business.  The scenario and details of the simulated proposal project will be provided and discussed in class.

Proposal Presentation:  Each student must present their technology proposal to the class as though it were being presented for funding consideration to a school board, board of trustees, or other relevant funding agency committee.

Critiques:  Each student will write a one page critique on each presentation.  The critiques will be provided to the presenter following inspection by the instructor. Required content of the critique will be discussed in class.

Assignments MUST be submitted by due date.  Assignments will NOT be accepted after the due date.  Full credit cannot be earned by incomplete assignments.

Evaluation and Grading

            Chapter Presentation:                      20%                            A         90-100%

Technology Proposal Project:         50%                            B         80-89%

Project Presentation:                        20%                            C         70-79%

Critiques:                                           10%                            D         60-69%

                                                                                                F          59% or less


            Regular class attendance is very important.  Class participation requires that students be present.  Class discussions and group activities that take place during class cannot be made up.  If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor in advance, to contact class members to find out what occurred in that class and to make up that work, and then to check with your instructor for any additional assignments.  For computer work, it is your responsibility to check for compatibility if you wish to use computers other than those provided in the lab.  If you have any questions, contact your instructor.  No make-up exams will be given.

Accommodations for Disabilities

            Students requesting accommodations for disabilities must go through the Academic Support Committee.  For more information, please contact the Director of Disability Resources & Services, Halladay Student Services Bldg., Room 303D, 903-886-5835.

Student Conduct

            All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conductive to a positive learning environment  (see Student’s Guide Handbook, Policies and Procedures, Conduct).

Additional References


Kemp, J.E. (1994) Planning, producing, and using instructional technologies (7th ed.).  New York, NY: HarperCollins College.


Picciano, A. G.  (2002) Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall



Rev. 09/24/2002