EDTECH 502: The Internet for Educators

3 Credit Online Course

Instructor Information

Jon ScoresbyJon Scoersby, Ph.D.
Office Hours: by appointment
Phone: N/A
E-mail: jonscoresby@boisestate.edu*
Adobe Connect: http://edtech.adobeconnect.com/jonscoresby/

*Email is the best way to reach me. If I haven't responded within 48 hours, please email me again. Contact me in other ways as needed.

Course Description

Locate, retrieve, and evaluate information found on the Internet. Design and produce instructional web pages using a combination of software and HTML5/CSS.  Apply appropriate instructional strategies and models to the design of digital curriculum. 

Course Outcomes

After completing this course the student will be able to:

Course Location and Login Information

This is an online course delivered in Moodle. The Moodle login page explains how to login to Moodle. Contact Moodle Support at moodlesupport@boisestate.edu if you have problems accessing MoodleIf you have forgotten your password, click the link below the login box, "lost password?" and you will be able to reset it.


Course Materials

Required Textbook

Non Designers Web Book Cover The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th ed.)
Authors: Robin Williams
Date: 2015
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-10: 0-13-396615-1

Two places to purchase the textbook: Boise State University Bookstore or Amazon.
Optional eBooks

We will also use the following eBooks (as needed). These books are accessed (for free) through the Boise State library. You have to login with your my.BoiseState credentials to access them.

HTML & CSSHTML & CSS: Design and build websites
Jon Duckett


Dreamweaver CCAdobe Dreamweaver CC: Digital Classroom
Michael Arguin, Greg Heald, AGI Creative Team


Required Software

 Adobe Creative Cloud

We use Dreamweaver CC and Photoshop CC in this course (though you can use earlier versions of these applications if you already own them).  When you purchase Adobe Creative Cloud (also called Adobe CC), you will have access to Dreamweaver CC and Photoshop CC, as well as a number of other Adobe Applications. Adobe CC is a subscription service. With Adobe Creative Cloud, you pay (either each month or for an entire year) to access Adobe's main suite of applications, which you can download and install on two different computers. While Adobe CC is required only in a few EdTech courses, students can often use Adobe CC in over half of the courses in the program.

Additional Software

Students also need the following: anti-virus software, Adobe Reader, Flash player, QuickTime player, Fangs Screen Reader Emulator (Firefox add on), and an HTML5 Compliant Browser (i.e., the newest version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer).

Additional Technical Requirements

Internet Connection and FTP Capability

You need an up-to-date computer with an Internet connection in this course. You will create a series of web pages over the semester and FTP files to a web server at Boise State University.* If you plan to work from a school or a business location, it may be necessary to request help from your network administrator because FTP is sometimes blocked.
*Note: You can use your own web host if you prefer.

Alternative Web Space

The EdTech department provides web space for current students on the edtech2 server. However, sometimes things go wrong with the edtech2 server or students are unable to FTP to it (e.g., students living out of the country). Be prepared to obtain alternative web space if you are unable to connect to the edtech2 server. You may already have web space from your Internet Service Provider. Free or inexpensive web hosting is also easy to find.

Assignment Policy and Grading Scale

Course Assignments

Detailed information about each assignment is posted in Moodle. Assignments are always due on Mondays. Check Moodle and your Boise State email 2-3 times a week; announcements and course updates can be posted at any time.

  Assignments Points
1 Pre-course survey (WEEK ONE: Module 1) 10
2 Bio & Introduction (WEEK ONE: Module 1) 5
3 Plain HTML 502 page (WEEK ONE: Module 2) 25
4 External CSS page for 502 page (WEEK ONE: Module 2) 25
5 Netiquette (WEEK TWO: Module 3) 75
6 Copyright Scavenger Hunt (WEEK TWO: Module 3) 75
7 Web Accessibility Hot Links (WEEK THREE: Module 5) 75
8 Interactive Concept Map (WEEK THREE: Module 6) 75
9 Jigsaw Activity (WEEK FOUR: Module 8) 75
10 EdTech2 Homepage (default.html) (WEEK FOUR: Module 8) 75
11 m-Learning Activity (mobile learning) (WEEK FIVE: Module 9) 75
12 Virtual Field Trip (WEEK SIX: Module 10) 150
13 WebQuest (WEEK SEVEN: Module 11) 150
14 Peer Review (WEEK SIX: Module 10) 25
15 Participation (WEEK SEVEN: Modules 1-11) 50
16 Code Academy Badges (WEEK SEVEN: Modules 1-11) 25
17 Post-course survey (WEEK SEVEN: Module 11) 10
  Peer Support (extra credit)* (Modules 1-11) 25
  Total Points 1000

*Earn up to 25 points extra credit for helping fellow classmates with technical & design problems. See Module 1 for more details.

AECT Standards

Course assignments are aligned to the AECT Standards, 2012 version.

Assignments are listed by number (based on the assignments list above) in the following table under the standard they are aligned to.

  Standard 1
Content Knowledge
Standard 2
Content Pedagogy
Standard 3
Learning Environments
Standard 4
Professional Knowledge & Skills
Standard 5
Creating 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 12, 13    
Using 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13   12, 13    
Ethics 6, 7 6, 7 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 6, 7  
Diversity of Learners     6, 7    


Final grades are based on the following scale.

Grade Points Required
A 940 - 1,000
A- 900 - 939
B+ 870 - 899
B 840 - 869
B- 800 - 839
C+ 770 - 799
C 740 - 769
C- 700 - 739
D 600 - 699
F 0 - 599

Submitting Assignments: Most assignments are web pages that are submitted by posting the URL to the web site you create in Moodle.

You are expected to login into Moodle 2-3 times each week and complete each activity in each module (whether the activity is worth points or not). However, please keep in mind that this is not a discussion heavy course. Most of the discussions focus on giving each other feedback; in each module you will post your work online and be expected to give your peers constructive feedback. Participation in class is worth 5% of your grade. Your participation grade is largely based on your best 10 discussion posts. Participation will be graded during the last module of the course. You can have points deducted at the discretion of the instructor for not completing activities and/or actively taking part in class discussions.


Grading Cycle

Assignments are graded together as a group to maintain a higher level of consistency. Grading usually begins on the first day after a due date and is typically completed before the next due date. You may track your progress through Grades in Moodle. At the instructors discretion, you may be able to pick up some points lost on web page assignments by fixing any problems (within a week of the assignment being graded) and reposting the URL to the updated assignment in Moodle and emailing the instructor about the update.


Feedback varies throughout the course. Some assignments simply get a grade if done correctly. Other assignments will get detailed feedback. Feedback is posted in the grade book and sometimes in the discussion forums as well so that everyone can benefit from it.

Late Work

Due Dates: Assignment are due on Mondays and must be submitted by 11:59pm Mountain time on scheduled due dates.

Point Deduction for Late Work: Ten points may be deducted for each day an assignment is late. For example, an assignment that is two days late can lose 20 points as a late penalty. Also, there are only a few days between when courses end and when grades are due; therefore, all assignments turned in after the last day of classroom instruction (based on the Boise State Academic Calendar) but before grades are due, will automatically be deducted 15% off the total points the assignment is worth.

Emergency Pass: If you have a major event such as a death in the family, illness, hospitalization, or you are out of town, you may turn in one assignment under the emergency pass. This assignment may be up to one week late and still qualify for full credit. After the one week extension has passed ten points per day can be deducted until the assignment is no longer worth any credit.

Your Responsibility with Late Work: If you are going to be late turning in an assignment for any reason, please e-mail the instructor at jonscoersby@boisestate.edu on or before the scheduled due date. When the assignment is completed you must send a follow-up email to let the instructor know it is ready to grade. This is how the late work penalty is calculated. Failure to notify the instructor could lead to a grade of zero.

Technical Difficulties

On occasion, you may experience problems accessing Moodle or files located within Moodle, Internet service connection problems, and/or other computer related problems. Contact the instructor if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework. If a problem occurs on our end (e.g., Moodle or EDTECH2 server failure), an automatic due date extension is granted.

Reasonable Accommodations

Students with disabilities needing accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC). All accommodations must be approved through the DRC prior to being implemented. To learn more about the accommodation process, visit the DRC’s website at http://drc.boisestate.edu/new-drc-students/.

The Disability Resource Center is located on the first floor of the Lincoln Parking Garage, on the corner of Lincoln Ave. and University Dr. at Boise State University. They are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Phone: 208.426.1583
Email: drcinfo@boisestate.edu
Website: http://drc.boisestate.edu/


EDTECH courses involves online delivery and for some courses public display of assignments on websites or social media spaces. In the online course, your name, email address, and Moodle profile may be visible to others who have logged into Moodle. You are advised to familiarize yourself with privacy settings on Moodle or social media sites associated with the course. Privacy settings can sometimes be adjusted to restrict certain types of information. Please contact your instructor if you have questions or concerns.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to create original work for each assignment. Students must follow the Boise State Student Code of Conduct as well as observe U.S. copyright laws in this course.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

In the event of academic dishonesty, a complaint is filed with the Boise State Student Conduct Office with supporting documentation. This complaint remains on file and actions may be taken against the student (e.g., loss or credit, grade reduction, expulsion, etc.).

Policy for Incompletes

Incompletes are not guaranteed. However, when they are given, incompletes adhere to Boise State University guidelines as follows:

Instructors can enter a grade of I—for incomplete—if both of the following conditions are present:

In order to receive an incomplete, you and your instructor must agree to a contract stipulating the work you must do and the time in which it must be completed for you to receive a grade in the class. The terms of this contract are viewable on my.BoiseState under Your Student Center To Do List. The contract time varies as set by the instructor but may not exceed one year. If no grade other than incomplete has been assigned one year after the original incomplete, the grade of F will automatically be assigned. The grade of F may not be changed without approval of the University Appeals Committee. You may not remove the incomplete from your transcript by re-enrolling in the class during another semester. A grade of incomplete is excluded from GPA calculations until you receive a final grade in the course.

Course Schedule

Detailed information about assignments is posted in Moodle. The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the schedule as needed. Readings and videos have been identified for each module to help you learn the key concepts to successfully complete each assignment. Some of the readings are chapters in ebooks provided through the library, others come from the textbook in the course, and others are simply electronic articles or web pages. We created some videos for this course to help teach you certain concepts. Depending on the version of Dreamweaver you are using though, you might have to find other videos to support learning certain concepts. Keep in mind though that the goal of this course is not to teach you how to use a specific version of Dreamweaver but rather for you to learn the necessary skills to use any HTML editor. Adobe updates their products regularly so as an EdTech professional you need to be able to move from one version of Dreamweaver to the next as needed.


Students are expected to spend 18-24 hours each week on each EdTech course during the summer. However, some students spend more time than others learning HTML / CSS / Dreamweaver. For each module, there are various readings and videos to help you complete each project. Some students like to watch many (if not all) of the videos and complete all of the readings; others focus more on the videos and less on the reading. And yet, a small group of students often chose not to use any of the resources and just dive into the software. You have to determine the best way you learn software.

Note on course videos: Since moving to a subscription model (called Creative Cloud), Adobe updates their products much more regularly than in the past. This makes it very difficult to ensure that instructional videos (e.g., on Dreamweaver) exactly match the most current version of an application. So while the main course videos are based on Dreamweaver CC, they might not all be based on the newest version of Dreamweaver CC.

Major Assignments

Readings & Videos

WEEK ONE (6/27 - 7/3)
Course Introduction and Getting Started with HTML, CSS, & Dreamweaver

Module 1: Introduction to the Course

  • Pre-course Survey
  • Bio and Introductions
  • Course Introduction
Non-Designer's Design Book by Williams
Chapters 2-5 (70 pages)

Module 2: Plan 502 and 502 page

  • Create plain 502.html page
  • Create an external CSS style sheet for 502.html page
  • Possible discussions

HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 1: Structure
Ch. 2: Text

Adobe Dreamweaver CC
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 1: Dreamweaver CC Jumpstart
Lesson 2: Setting Up a New Site


HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 3: Lists
Ch. 8: Extra Markup
Ch. 10: Introducing CSS

Adobe Dreamweaver CC
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 4: Styling your pages with CSS
Lesson 13: Working with code-editing features


  • Plain 502 & 502 project
  • Connect to edtech2 & FTP
  • Introduction to CSS
  • Validate HTML5 & CSS
WEEK TWO (7/4 - 7/10)
Typography, Copyright & Fair Use
Module 3: Typography and Netiquette
  • Create netiquette page
  • Possible discussions
HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 11: Color
Ch 12: Text

Adobe Dreamweaver CC
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 5: Creating page layouts with CSS
Lesson 8: Using web fonts

Non-Designer's Design Book
by Williams
Chapters 9 - 12 (70 pages)

  • Netiquette project

Module 4: Copyright & Fair Use
  • Create copyright scavenger hunt
  • Possible discussions
no recommended reading


  • Scavenger hunt project
WEEK THREE (7/11 - 7/17)
Images for Web Pages & Accessibility on the Web
Module 5: Web Accessibility Hot Links
  • Create accessibility hot links page
  • Possible discussions

HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 4: Links

  • Accessible hot links project

  • Web Accessibility-An Overview of Rules and Guidelines

  • The Fangs Screen Reader Emulator 

Module 6: Interactive Concept Map
  • Create interactive concept map
  • Possible discussions
HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 5: Images
Ch. 16: Images

Adobe Dreamweaver CC by Arguin et al.
Lesson 6: Advanced page layout

Non-Designer's Design Book
by Williams
Chapter 7 (17 pages)


  • Interactive concept map project
WEEK FOUR (7/18 - 7/24)
Creating Templates and Tables for Web Pages
Module 7: Tables and Jigsaw
  • Develop Jigsaw activity
  • Possible discussions
HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 6: Tables
Ch. 14: Lists, Tables & Forms

Adobe Dreamweaver
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 9: Working with Tables

Non-Designer's Design Book
by Williams
Review Chapter 6 (10 pages)

  • Jigsaw project
Module 8: Templates and Homepages
  • Create default.html page
  • Possible discussions

HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 13: Boxes
Ch. 15: Layout
Ch. 17: HTML5 layout

Adobe Dreamweaver CC
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 12: Maximizing site design


  • Default page project
  • Finding and Using CSS Templates
WEEK FIVE (7/25 - 7/31)
Web Pages for Mobile Devices
Module 9: Web Pages for Mobile Devices
  • Create m-learning activity
  • Possible discussions
Adobe Dreamweaver CC by Arguin et al.
Lesson 16: Responsive design and layout for mobile devices


  • m-Learning project
WEEK SIX (8/1 - 8/7)
Virtual Field Trip
Module 10: Virtual Field Trip
  • Create virtual field trip
  • Peer review
  • Possible discussions

Adobe Dreamweaver CC by Arguin et al.
Lesson 11: Adding video, audio, and interactivity


  • Virtual field trip project
  • Multi-page top nav website
WEEK SEVEN (8/8 - 8/14)
Module 11: WebQuest*
  • Create WebQuest
  • Submit Code Academy badges
  • Possible discussions

HTML and CSS by Duckett
Ch. 18: Process & Design

Adobe Dreamweaver CC
by Arguin et al.
Lesson 7: CSS3 transitions and styles


  • WebQuest project
  • Multi-page left nav website
  • Last day of instruction / class 8/14. All assignments due by 8/16

Refer to the Boise State Academic Calendar for University dates and deadlines (e.g., the last day to drop).

Conceptual Framework

College of Education - The Professional Educator: Boise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles and dispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents, and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effective approaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments that prepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflective practitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners.

Department of Educational Technology Mission

The Department of Educational Technology is a diverse and international network of scholars, professional educators and candidates who: