ED629 Critical Reflections Seminar

for U1P 2008

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ED 629 Critical Reflections Seminar


U1P 2008 DL


Schulte, Marthann


Assistant Professor of Education and Online Learning



Class Days


Class Time


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There is no required textbook for ED629. 

Current educational research articles and other selected readings will be discussed. 

Students are encouraged to purchase a copy of the APA (American Psychological Association) Manual (5th Edition) or to access online APA resources.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
One of two concluding courses in the Master of Education designed to complete the praxis model. This course is designed to focus on current issues in education and is the reflection part of the experience. Each participant will write a major paper and make a presentation of that paper. The paper must be related to the emphasis area. Prerequisite: 15 hours in the program including ED516 and ED532
a. general studies
b. school law
c. multi-cultural
d. teaching at-risk students
e. early childhood
f. adult education

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of current issues in education using research and writings. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  2. The student will utilize critical thinking including the ability to analyze, evaluate, and creatively find solutions to current issues in education. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  3. The student will utilize writing to demonstrate the ability to think critically and to propose supportable solutions to educational issues. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to intellectually present and discuss educational issues. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  5. The student will demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be a reflective educator. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The numbers in parentheses relate to the relevant Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) performance criteria. Missouri approved teacher certification programs are responsible for ensuring that program completers meet specified performance criteria as outlined by the indicated standard. The numbers in parentheses will not be relevant for non-Missouri students. Because of the unique and individual nature of this course, the project selected will largely determine the specific MoSTEP standards addressed.  It is expected, however, that the completed project will have demonstrated competency in most, if not all, of the standards.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Course Assessments:

Weekly Online Discussions (20 pts each; 8 weeks) –160 points –Due: Weekly deadlines on Thursday and Sunday at midnight MT.

Journal Entries (10 pts each; 5 weeks) –50 points –Due: Weekly on Sunday at midnight MT.

Paper Ideas –10 points –Due: Week 1 Sunday at midnight MT.

Working Abstract –10 points –Due: Week 2 Sunday at midnight MT.

Chapter 1 first draft –20 points –Due: Week 3 Sunday at midnight MT.

IRB Assignment –20 points –Due: Week 4 Sunday at midnight MT

Chapter 2 first draft –40 points –Due: Week 5 Sunday at midnight MT.

Chapter 3 first draft –40 points –Due: Week 6 Sunday at midnight MT.

Final Proposal (Chapters 1-3) –100 points –Due: Week 8 Wednesday at midnight MT.

Final Proctored Exam –50 points –Due: Week 8 Sunday at midnight MT.

Total points for ED629 –500 points
Additional Requirements*:  (no points awarded, but mandatory for successful completion of ED629 and ED630)
A:  Completing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER) online tutorial:  Protecting Human Research Participants.
B:  Submitting an IRB (Institutional Review Board) application (online) to the Park University IRB.
*Students who do not meet these additional requirements will receive a failing grade ('F') for the course.

Late assignments:  Assignments that are completed and/or submitted after the due date and time are subject to a point reduction.  More specific information on late assignments are listed in each assignment grading rubric.

Proctored final examination:  A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 


Grading scale:      

460 –500 points (92-100%) = A

415 –459 points (83-91%) = B

350 –414 points (70-82%) = C

300 –349 points (60-69%) = D

0-299 points (59% and below) = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: All assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date.  You will receive a reduction in your score for each day that your assignment is late as indicated by the scoring rubric.  No assignment may be submitted that is more than four days late unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Policies:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday at midnight MT. The first week begins the first day of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the due date.

Basic Rules for Online Participation

    • Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Conference areas (discussion threads), Office area and Get Help areas are for public messages and all writings in these areas can be viewed by the entire class.
    • All students will participate in weekly Online discussions.  Proper "on-line etiquette," which includes courtesy to all users, will be strictly observed.

Policy #1:  Technical problems:  If you experience computer difficulties please contact the eCollege helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-PARK (7275) or by email at helpdesk@parkonline.org

Policy #2:  Save your work: Save every piece of work you complete to your computer’s harddrive or another storage device. This will ensure that a computer problem or potential problems with Internet components (browsers, servers, etc.) won't negate your efforts.

Policy #3:  Communication: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, please inform me as soon as possible. 

Policy #4:  Announcements and Questions:  The Announcements (found in the Course Home main page), Office (under the Course Home section) and directions for each assignment are the best sources for finding answers about course procedures and policies.  However, if you do not see your question addressed in these areas, please post your question in the Office discussion thread or to the proper assignment/discussion thread.  Posting your questions in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions.  And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions.  We are all here to learn!

Policy #5:  E-Mail Procedures and Submitting

    • General e-mail: Students are reminded to post general course questions to the "Office" and weekly "Discussion" threads.  When email communication with the instructor is necessary for confidential or grading question, please use the following guidelines.  When sending e-mail, you should identify yourself fully by name and class.
    • Instructor Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).
    • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text File (.rtf) file formats.

Policy #6  Workload:  Each week’s assignments must be completed by the end of that week (Midnight MT on Sunday).  Assignments received after this time will receive a reduction in the score each day that your assignment is late.

Policy #7  Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26
Personal academic policy addendum:
The goal of higher education is to increase your knowledge of various topics and to stimulate original thinking on the students' part.  I expect that all work that you submit is done by you and if evidence is found to the contrary, I will issue a failing grade for the assignment and for the course.


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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Last Updated:5/13/2008 9:24:37 AM