Insuring the Future: Development of an Exemption Exam for an Introductory Educational Technology Course
William Wiencke, Leticia Ekhaml, State University of West Georgia, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Colleges of Education are under pressure to make their programs more efficient while insuring that graduates are competent in an increasing number of areas. The College of Education at the State University of West Georgia established an introductory technology course for all teacher education majors to provide needed background in instructional technologies and classroom integration strategies. Although feeling the same pressures to streamline their curriculum as other teacher education programs, West Georgia decided to allow students familiar with technology to exempt the course and take alternative courses, rather than make the technology course optional. It was anticipated that a large number of students would take advantage of this opportunity. However, this has been far from the case. Although the test is well publicized, few sign up for it; of those that do, only a small percentage actually sit for and pass the exam.
Wiencke, W. & Ekhaml, L. (2000). Insuring the Future: Development of an Exemption Exam for an Introductory Educational Technology Course. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 298-301). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).