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Widener to Offer Free Online Course Examining New Educational Technologies

Widener University will offer a free online course titled Emerging Educational Technology July 5 through Aug. 12. Designed for educators who teach or lead in K-12 schools, institutions of higher education or businesses, this course allows participants to explore emerging educational technologies to energize a classroom, district or workplace.

As an asynchronous course, students may complete the two-week course modules on their own schedule to earn three credits. They also will experience Widener University’s one-year Instructional Technology M.Ed. Program. This instructional technology master’s degree program is offered fully online.

The free Emerging Educational Technology course serves as an introduction for students to the new and evolving educational technologies expected to have an impact on teaching and learning in the next one to five years. Students will consider the affordances of emerging technologies, the learning theories underlying their use and potential obstacles to their implementation.

Students interested in registering for or learning more about the course should e-mail Dr. Beverly Funkhouser, assistant professor, at

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website,