The courses are organized into five complimentary duos. Students typically will take two courses each semester for five semesters.

This is a sample curriculum pattern; depending upon when a student enters, the courses taken in semesters two, three, and four may be taken in different order.

Semester 1 | 6 credits

  • ETK 614 – Navigating the Divide: Digital Leadership (3)
  • ETK 602 – Digital Leadership Lab (3)

Semester 2 | 6 credits

  • ETK 603 – Made to Stick: Teaching with the Brain in Mind (3)
  • ETK 604 – Digital Storytelling Lab (3)

Semester 3 | 6 credits

  • ETK 605 – Multimedia Learning (3)
  • ETK 606 – Media Lab (3)

Semester 4 | 6 credits

  • ETK 607 – Learning Designs (3)
  • ETK 608 – Design Lab (3)

Semester 5 | 6 credits

    • ETK 609 – Change the World from Here (3)
    • ETK 610 – Web Design Lab (3)

Course Descriptions

  • ETK 614: Navigating the Divide: Digital Leadership – Like it or not, the rapid development of technology has created a series of divides: those with access and those without; those who are comfortable with technology and those who are not; those who enjoy integrating technology into their work and those who are happy with the tools they have always used. Navigating this divide can be both challenging and rewarding. In this course we explore how digital technologies can help solve key pedagogical problems, as well as create opportunities for new effective pedagogical practices. We start the journey of exploring what digital technologies mean for transforming academic environments.
  • ETK 602: Digital Leadership Lab – Digital technologies do not just open up opportunities; they also raise new problems and challenges. In this initial lab course we explore how to efficiently and ethically establish an intentional digital presence within your learning environment and the wider professional community. We also explore how to teach our students similar, age-appropriate skills. Finally, we grapple with the systemic inequities that digital technologies can reveal as well as mediate.
  • ETK 603: Made to Stick: Teaching with the Brain in Mind – This course explores research-based practices that hold excellent promise for capturing learner attention, improving retention, and reinforcing integration of knowledge. We explore this area though the lens of digital-learning narratives. We will use the Heath brothers’ six principles: simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional, and stories as a spring board to explore the use of digital narratives in education.
  • ETK 604: Digital Storytelling Lab – The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the essentials of good educational storytelling in a digital format. You get your hands e-dirty with the essence of audio production: recording, editing, mixing, and sharing. We start by identifying concepts that lend themselves to audio presentations, moving on to storyboarding, and the complete creation process. The course also introduces you to the power of concept maps and visual models. You learn how to combine audio with visual models to create effective integrated learning experiences.
  • ETK 605: Multimedia Learning – In Multimedia Learning, we explore the reasoning behind the form and function decisions we make with instructional materials. We answer questions about why some content and presentations “work,” while others fall flat. We are guided in our examination by research-based specifics behind cognitive load theory and the principles of multimedia learning. The research behind these phenomena demonstrate the ways that making simple changes to digital products and presentations can greatly increase student learning. During the course we examine theory, apply our knowledge to analyzing existing learning resources, and finally create new materials of our own.
  • ETK 606: Media Lab – We explore the world of visual communication: from still images, to video, to the specialized craft of how-to screencasts. In this course you learn to more deeply apply multimedia learning principles to create effective visual learning experiences. The first part of the course focuses on effective instructional images of all kinds from infographics to the effective use of photographic images. The second part of the course explores how to effectively and efficiently develop video-based learning experiences. You leave the course well-equipped to create flipped or online learning experiences that utilize the best in visual communication techniques.
  • ETK 607: Learning Designs – We have all heard the maxim that “good teaching is good teaching.” But how do the precepts of pedagogy change when our classrooms no longer look the way they did twenty years ago? In Learning Designs, we explore how to adapt and apply the best practices of curriculum design to 21st century classrooms. We focus on effective techniques for increasing engagement, designing authentic assessment, sparking meaningful collaboration, and differentiating instruction for 1:1, flipped, blended, and online classes.
  • ETK 608: Design Lab – In Learning Designs you developed a proposed blueprint for completely redesigning one course or one in-depth unit. In Design Lab, you now transform your blueprint into a living, breathing, ready-to-deploy curriculum by following the five-step process of Design Thinking used by Stanford’s This course draws upon the skills honed in your previous lab courses, and provides the opportunity for you to deliberately match your technology repertoire with learning objectives.
  • ETK 609: Change the World from Here – As a graduate of the ETK program, you are sure to face challenges that invite you to put your learning into action, and lead with purpose. In this project-based course you collaborate with a small design team on a rich, service-learning project to respond to a real-world educational need for an under-served educational institution or group. We also explore ways in which digital tools and virtual collaboration can enhance project-based and service-based learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom.
  • ETK 610: Capstone Lab – In this hands-on culminating course, we focus on how to synthesize all your previous work into one beautiful professional website that you can use as a foundation for your professional presence for years to come. You learn the essentials of web coding that every educator needs to develop nimble, mobile-friendly, responsive websites. Reflection on your website portfolio will help you see how portfolio-based projects can be used and facilitated within the contemporary classroom.