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USD Has Online Mobile Technologies Certificate

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Smartphones, iPads and other emerging technologies are becoming familiar sights in today’s classrooms as technology companies report record-breaking sales of portable and tablet computing devices to schools.

Now teachers and administrators can make sure they’re maximizing the educational benefit from them through a new online certificate program beginning this fall at the University of San Diego.

“The program will provide K-12 teachers and administrators with everything they need to plan, deliver and assess effective learning and teaching in a mobile technology learning environment,” said Jason Lemon, dean of Professional and Continuing Education at USD.

“Educators can access each online course in this affordable program when it’s convenient for them and will learn how to enhance the learning experience with their students through effective analysis and integration of new teaching strategies that make the most of technology, use social media to foster communication, and employ a variety of tools and metrics to evaluate their success in improving and accelerating learning,” he added.

Courses will be created and taught by faculty who are accomplished and experienced professors of mobile technology. Earlier this year, USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) announced the creation of a Mobile Technology Learning Center to conduct cutting-edge research on mobile technology and learning.

“Our research-based certificate program is like no other as each course is guaranteed to foster the latest methods and technologies of learning and teaching with the use of mobile devices,” said Rich Thome, director of the Educational Leadership Development Academy at USD.

“Digital Literacy for Teachers and Leaders” is the first offering in the four-course certificate program. In addition to learning digital literacy skills and obtaining technical expertise to implement a program, teachers will undertake a capstone project to create a lesson engaging students in the use of a mobile device to build knowledge. The other two-month courses are “Social Media for Teaching and Learning,” “Student-Centered Learning with Mobile Technology,” and “Leadership of Digital Environments.”

Registration is now open for the first course that begins Sept. 5 and costs $495. Information and registration is available at Call (619) 260-4585 or email

USD’s Mobile Technology Learning Center will also offer a “Train the Trainer” version of the program for schools and districts, allowing them to produce a comprehensive mobile technology plan and receive significant savings on tuition.

— Liz Harman

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