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Welcome, Brittany!

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We are excited to announce a new MAET member! Brittany Dillman has joined our team as the MAET Graduate Certificate (GC) Program Coordinator. She will advise and support GC students and instructors and looks forward to assisting the larger MAET community, as well. Brittany has been involved in teaching MAET courses since 2013 and is thrilled to be in this new role.

Brittany comes to MAET by way of the College of Education’s doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. She plans to finish her dissertation and graduate within the 2018-2019 school year. In her graduate school experience, Brittany has focused on the lesson planning practices of pre-service mathematics teachers and how preparation for lessons influences students’ experiences. This curiosity stems from Brittany’s decade of teaching middle school mathematics and enjoying the process of organizing content and activities for students. Brittany approaches teaching and learning with energy and devotion. Her middle school students often likened her to Flo, the Progressive Insurance Lady.

As a member of the MSU community, Brittany has taught many MAET courses, primarily working with the Capstone Portfolio Course (CEP 800/ED 870). She taught Year 2 Hybrid in the Summer of 2018 and has instructed CEP 822 and CEP 805 in the online versions. She is excited to learn with the entire MAET community moving forward.

When she is not at work, Brittany spends a lot of time with her family. Her husband, Peter, is the Director of the Project Management Organization for IT Services of MSU. They enjoy traveling, watching movies, and playing board games. Brittany is also the mother of twin toddlers who are wonderfully amazing and full of life and energy! Brittany can be found regularly drinking chai tea, making Shutterfly books, playing handbells, and listening to audiobooks. Please join us in welcoming Brittany to the team!

MAET Career Opportunity – Specialist

The nationally ranked, award-winning Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program in the MSU College of Education seeks an organized, detail-oriented, creative, dynamic, forward-thinking educator to join the MAET program leadership team. The Specialist will direct many aspects of the Graduate Certificate programs, and provide support, as needed, to the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program.

These innovative programs prepare teachers to integrate technologies to support student learning in a broad range of educational contexts. To meet the needs of working professionals, the programs are offered in a variety of formats: online, hybrid and face-to-face overseas.

This role is responsible for the day-to-day operations and logistics of graduate certificate programs, including the coordination of instructional staff, student recruitment, program promotion and advertising, research and analysis of program impact, and outreach.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

-Course scheduling, maintenance & preparation for delivery
-Curriculum planning and revision
-Coordination of on-campus summer programming
-Advising of students
-Student recruitment (e.g. responding to program inquiries)
-Program promotion and advertising
-Supervision and mentorship of instructional team
-Program communications and community building (e.g. newsletter, maintaining social media presence)
-Manage accreditation process

Required Degree
Masters – Education, Ed Tech, Digit Med, New Med

Minimum Requirements
Masters degree in Education, Educational Technology, Digital Media, New Media, Digital Writing or related field preferred.

Successful candidates will have experience teaching in a K-12 or higher education environment. They should also be experienced with a wide range of computer software, hardware and social media tools.

Desired Qualifications
Must be familiar with the following technologies:

-D2L and other learning management systems
-WordPress and other open source content management systems
-Google Apps and other cloud-based software
-Online communication tools (Zoom, Google+ Hangouts, etc)
-Web 2.0 applications
-Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, etc.)
-Mobile Applications (iPhone, Android, iPad, etc.)

Required Application Materials
Letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted should the department request.

Review of applications will begin May 17, 2018 and continue until filled.

For additional information concerning this position please contact Dr. Aman Yadav ( For more information about our program, see

The full posting can be found by visiting & searching for posting 500106

New Online Graduate Certificate in K12 Computer Science Education

MAET is pleased to announce our new online Graduate Certificate in K12 Computer Science Education, which prepares K12 teachers to teach computational thinking and computer science ideas at the elementary and secondary level. Domains include computational thinking, algorithmic thinking, abstraction, programming tools, and creative thinking. Teachers learn to teach these concepts and skills through culturally relevant pedagogy, attending to how culture and context impact student learning. This nine credit graduate certification includes following three online courses:

CEP 814: Computational Thinking for K12 Educators

This course focuses on applying computational thinking (CT)  to domain-based contexts, with an emphasis on how to make CT transparent to K12 students. In this course, students will discuss CT with practitioners and will work to understand the wider impacts of computing. The course learning objectives are as following:

Understand the main concepts/skills involved in CT

Applying CT to disciplinary / domain-based contexts in K-12 classrooms

Understanding impacts of computing

Making CT “transparent” to K12 students

CEP 824: Programming Concepts for K12 Educators.

This course will use a wide array of digital programming tools to introduce the fundamental concepts of a programming, the basics of computing and computing systems, and connecting each of these ideas to instructional approaches for K-12 settings and subject areas. The course learning objectives are as following:

Utilize digital programming tools (Scratch, Pencil Code, Python)

Demonstrate understanding of core concepts shared between programming tools

Understand pedagogy of CS – misconceptions, scaffolding, basic programming concepts, inclusive computing culture, bridging visual programming tools to text-based programming languages, assessment

Apply programming tools to solve problems in K-12 subject areas.

CEP 833: Creativity in K12 Computing Education

This course focuses on the intersections between creativity and computing in cross-disciplinary K12 contexts and subject areas. The course learning objectives are as following:

Understand how creative artifacts can be used in K12 CT/CS contexts

Understand ways to construct learning environments that support creativity (pedagogy)

Understand ways to assess student performance in relation to creativity.

CS in K12 Grad Cert

For more information, contact:

Dr. Aman Yadav
Director, Masters of Arts in Educational Technology
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
ph: 517-884-2094
twitter: @yadavaman


Every year, Team MAET looks forward to connecting with area educators at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference — it gives us a chance to meet online students in person, reconnect with our alumni, and meet educational professionals from across the region. On Thursday, March 8, some of the students, instructors, and alumni attending the conference came together for a quick meet-up and #MAET photo:


We also love having the chance to attend the many sessions facilitated by members of the MAET community! If you weren’t able to participate in person this year, use the hashtags #MAET and #MACUL18 for a recap of the conversation.

This year, MAET hosted a Recharging Station throughout the duration of the conference. This offered attendees the opportunity to recharge their devices (which tend to get quite a workout at MACUL), pick up a bookmark with self-care resources for teachers, and share their own personal ‘recharging’ strategies. We’ve compiled those strategies below. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to contribute ideas! Let’s continue the conversation online — share your strategies for self care with us @MAET on Twitter!

Additional Resources for Teacher Self-Care



Self-Care Digital Toolbox


Spring 2018 MAET Newsletter

Call for 2018-2019 #MAET Instructional Team

We frequently field inquires about teaching with the MAET program. In addition to our regular program faculty, we often have a need for other instructors to assist with course delivery. We have formalized procedures for expressing interest and on a yearly basis, around the first part of the new year, accept interest applications for the upcoming academic year.

The window is now open to express interest in joining our team for the 2018-2019 academic year.  We are seeking qualified, energetic educational technology leaders. In short, we are working to gather a team of individuals who embody in practice the 7 trans-disciplinary habits of mind and who demonstrate what Thomas Friedman calls CQ and and PQ — curiosity quotient and passion quotient. Appointments to the instructional team are on a yearly basis with the possibility of renewal based upon evaluation.
Teaching with MAET is a part-time adjunct position. We welcome applicants who may already have positions elsewhere as educational technology professionals. Teaching assignments may vary from 1-3 courses per academic year depending on need and instructor availability. We are seeking both lead instructors and course assistants.

You can indicate your interest for the 2018 – 2019 academic year by filling out the following form by March 12, 2018:

November 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 MAET Newsletter

MAET Summer 2017 Connections

Every summer, MAET students are learning online, in East Lansing, and in Galway. For several years, we have been using this opportunity to connect our students who are taking advantage of the variety of program formats that we offer (check out our project from last year). This summer, we would like to help you illuminate a major takeaway that you had through your summer coursework! You’ll find details below for this project. One important piece to emphasize is that you will be taking and submitting two pictures via email to You’ll find examples of the two different photos you should snap below. It’s important to make sure that your photos are in landscape format and not portrait. Please submit your light bulb moment entry by August 21st to be included in our final product. If you have any questions about how to get involved, please feel free to reach out.

Light Bulb Moment

Examples of the two photos to submit: 

One photo should have your light bulb moment close to you and the other should have your light bulb moment closer to the camera for easy reading. Using your phone to snap the pics works perfectly!

Lightbulb moment example 1

Lightbulb moment example 2

April Newsletter – 2017

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