I’m tickled pink to be teaching an intensive Master’s of Education course this summer at the University of Calgary. Here’s an excerpt from the course outline that describes the cool content we get to do:
This examines fundamental questions related to Information Communication Technology (ICT) and education in the 21st century. Through this course, students will examine:
- the ways in which inquiry and digital technologies open new possibilities for representation, creation, expression and engagement;
- the ways in which fundamental conceptions of learning, pedagogy and design reflexively influence one another;
- the links between these conceptions and current issues in technology integration in schools;
- the necessity of teachers of 21st century learners to be designers of learning;
- issues of instructional design for the meaningful integration of technology in K-12 settings, including the use of Web 2.0 environments;
- and a model of instructional design that fosters individual and collaborative searches for meaning in ambiguous, multi-dimensional environments.
Via inquiry and technology, students will explore visions of an education that not only informs learners but also equips them with knowledge, attitudes, and thinking and learning skills for nimble adaptability and responsible participation in a complex world.
Yesterday was our first day and I can’t wait to get back at it today.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.