Posted: January 10, 2000
California State University, Sacramento is taking its education and technology master's degree online this semester, in a pilot project aimed at expanding the reach of the popular program.
Two dozen teachers from throughout Northern California have already enrolled, comprising the first group. They'll take online courses focused on using the Internet, multimedia applications and educational software. Ultimately, the University hopes, these teachers will become technology experts at their schools, using technology to teach and showing others how to do the same.
"What is desperately needed, all over the state, are teachers who can implement the technology that school districts are investing in," says Mike Menchaca, who helped create the program. "We decided that since technology was the topic, we might as well use technology to expand access to our program."
The two-year program features 75 percent online instruction. Organizers believe the group also needs personal relationships, so the program begins with an intense face-to-face session in Sacramento Jan. 12-15.
Online instruction begins Feb. 2, and will include virtual meetings in chat rooms, e-mail discussions and group projects completed online.
The online program builds upon the success of the University's traditional-format master's degree in education with an emphasis on technology. That program expanded off-campus two years ago to offer classes in Lodi, and has since enrolled groups of teachers from Rio Linda and San Juan school districts.
More information is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156. The program's website is at http://edweb.csus.edu/Projects/imet/.
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