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:              Summer I 2003                      Credits:          3 hours

Section:          01S – Commerce                 Location:        Sowers Education South 101

Section:          41R – Mesquite                     Location:        Metroplex Center Room 131

Day(s):            Monday-Thursday                 Time:              9:00am – 10:50am


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.      evaluate and develop a technology plan.

5.      identify sources of funding for technology.

6.      practice strategies for defining and clarifying the focus of grant applications.

7.      develop a technology grant proposal.

8.      critically evaluate case studies from an administrative perspective.

9.      become familiar with program administration.

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

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

Requirements and Assignments

Technology Plan:  Each Student must create a complete written Technology Plan.

Grant Purpose Statement Activity:  Each student must write a purpose statement identifying the intended goal of their grant application.  Each student will provide feedback on other students’ statements to help clarify and focus the wording and apparent intent of the purpose statement.  The format and details of this activity will be discussed in class.

Technology Grant Proposal:  Each student must create a complete written pre-proposal for an unsolicited grant.  The general purpose of this grant pre-proposal will be to provide for the creation of a technology facility at a school district or business.  A potential grant funding entity must be identified.  The final product must be a work of sufficient quality to submit to the entity for funding consideration.  The details of the proposal project will be discussed further in class.

Case Study:  Each student will write a response to a case study.  Groups will then be assigned to evaluate the individual responses and formulate a group response.  Individuals will then critique responses submitted by the other groups.  Details of the exercise will be discussed in class.

Participation:  All students must be active participants in class activities.  Students may not use computers for non-class activities while class is in session.  The use of computers for playing games, chatting, e-mail, or working on assignments or discussions in other on-line courses is prohibited and will result in a reduction in participation credit.  Students must be in attendance to earn participation credit.

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

            Technology Plan:                               20%                            A         90-100%

Purpose Statement Activity:            10%                            B         80-89%

Technology Grant Proposal:            30%                            C         70-79%

Case Study:                                       30%                            D         60-69%

Participation:                                     10%                            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.  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-ups 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).


The classroom is NOT the place to make and receive personal phone calls.  This distractive activity is extremely disrespectful of the instructor and other students and is disruptive to the classroom environment.  Cell phones may not be used during class and should be turned OFF upon entering the classroom.  Emergency exceptions must be approved by the instructor prior to the beginning of class.  Violation will result in significant loss of participation credit.

Scholarly Expectations

All works submitted for credit must be original works created by the scholar uniquely for the class.  It is considered inappropriate and unethical, particularly at the graduate level, to make duplicate submissions of a single work for credit in multiple classes, unless specifically requested by the instructor.  Work submitted at the Graduate level is expected to demonstrate higher order thinking skills and be of significantly higher quality than work produced at the undergraduate level.  Writings must exhibit correct form, style, and grammar and demonstrate the student’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively in the English language. 

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. 06/01/2003