1. We have used technology tools in this class to conduct research and produce work. We have also discussed the roles that technology is playing in everyday life and in education. Think ahead about 5 – 6 years; by that time most of you will have graduated and entered the workforce, the majority becoming educators. How do you see that technology will influence your teaching and student learning? Do you think that more classes will be offered online? What possibilities do you see to expand learning opportunities for students?
Technology in the classroom has already advanced so much. When we were in grade school, usually the only things that were used were overhead projectors and chalkboards/ wipe-off boards. Now, either powerpoint presentations or more technologic overhead projectors are used. I believe within the next 5 years, technology will become an even bigger deal in the school system. Also, I definitely think online classes are becoming more popular and will continue to be offered.

2. What did you expect from this class? How did the course meet or not meet your expectations?
I expected this class to be an easy class because I have already done research papers. However, I learned a lot more than I thought I would have. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know, or a lot of things I was doing wrong. I learned APA style and how to perfect citations.

3. I stressed the importance of conducting research then using the findings to make decisions about educational procedures/strategies/issues. Did you learn anything about this process that you feel has made an impression on you?
I learned a lot about using research to make decisions about educational issues. My major is speech pathology and I enjoyed connecting it to school and academia.

4. What will you take away with you in terms of conducting research and preparing a research paper? Do you feel that you have strengthened your skills in writing a research paper? If so, how? If not, how could the course materials/instruction have better met your needs?
I definitely think I strengthened my skills in research papers. Usually, I am all over the place with my writing, but doing the paper this way- section by section, it kept me organized and made my writing much better.

5. What are your thoughts about the wiki experience? Do you think wikis could be an effective technology tool for education?
The wiki was a good tool, especially for cases like in Towson University, when the site sometimes crashes and doesn’t work. Wiki is a good place to compile group work and stay in touch.

6. This course is a general education requirement for ALL undergraduate students at Towson. Do you agree with this course requirement? Why or why not?
I agree that this course is a gen ed for ALL different majors at Towson, not just education majors. I state this first-hand, being a speech pathology and audiology major. Everyone should know how to write a basic paper in APA format. Education is significant and it is important to relate everything to it, and with a research paper like the purposes of this one, it can easily be done.