On Thursday February 7th, from 3-5 PM, KMDI and OISE's Education Commons will be hosting the second annual "New Ways of Teaching and Learning with Technology" colloquium. The colloquium will take place in the Knowledge Innovations and Technology Lab on the 3rd floor of OISE building (252 Bloor Street West). Please mark the event on your calendar!
The purpose of this event is to spark further discussion about new ways of teaching and learning with technology, with a focus on how to expand on traditional pedagogical models (e.g., of seminar courses, lecture courses, or online courses). We want our community to begin capturing those innovations, and to publish them, so other instructors can learn how to add digital layers to their courses.
The February 7th event will feature an exciting line-up of faculty members from across the University, who will share some of their Educational Technology innovations with us. We hope you can join us.
List of Presentations:
Exploiting Online Assessment in Combination with Open Source Geographic Information Systems by Doc Robinson
Use of a Learning Management System such as Blackboard, or Sakai, in conjuction with open source geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical software has provided an opportunity to experiment with forms of assessment that include open online quizzes and paperless assignment/reports. This presentation presents how online quizzes are used in combination with GIS and statistical packages (and data) to provide students with rapid, documented, feedback on concepts and methods. In addition, a quiz is designed to also involve them in some form of problem solving relevant to their "current" assignment. An overview of the hardware, software, and content the two courses in which the quizzes and assignments are used is presented.
A Case Study of ATutor, an Open Source Learning Management System by Leslie Chan
We wish to present on some lessons learned from a course on International Studies and International Communications at UTSC and how the open source learning management system ATutor enhanced some pedagogical goals of the course. One of the key goals of the course is to examine in-depth the impact of information and communication on social, political and international relationships and how citizenship involvement is changing in the network society. We want students to participate actively, and to share their diverse cultural and lived experiences, both in class and online. We will discuss how the use of the forums and other tools on ATutor support problem-based inquiries, collaboration, and more important, students ownership of the course materials. We will also comment on the importance of supporting open source tools for teaching and learning within higher education.