Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisites: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Instructor: Nathaniel Ostashewski
MDDE630: Trends and Issues in K-12 Online and Blended Learning explores current and emerging uses of information and communication technology (ICT) in schools as well as the factors associated with their successful implementation. Research and practice related to educational and technological innovations in the K-12 sector is examined. In addition, students participate in collaborative, applied research activities in which they investigate their own school environments and explore the capacity for change and technology adoption. The course is presented in four units as described below.
The introduction, Unit 1, surveys the different uses of ICTs in K-12 education – this is to ensure that a commons set of definitions and an awareness of the current state of the art is achieved. Then, Unit 2 will ask the learners to conduct an interview with a “decision-maker” in their local school and report back to the class on that person's view of the key factors shaping adoption of technology in that local setting. The class will then analyze the collected data from all students to see if patterns appear to emerge. In Unit 3, the class will be introduced to the concept of a meta-analysis and then will be given a wide range of meta-analyses to examine to understand a) the volume of research done in the area of technology and education and b) the usefulness of John Hattie’s research approach to sorting out promising practices from less promising practices. Course participants will be given the outcomes of two meta-analyses and decide which factor provides the best direction for implementation. Unit 4 of the course focuses on promising practices – actual usage of ICTs in schools, and consumption of ICT resources provided by open practices. The final report will be to produce a case study for their local K-12 school on current and potential practices of technology for both F2F and Distance Learning.
This course is not a “how-to” course in planning and preparing instructional materials for K-12. It is a course to become aware of global trends in technology use in K-12, and learning two sets of skills – the case study, and the meta-analysis – to objectively analyse options for implementation.
Unit 1: ICTs in K-12 – Perspectives
Unit 2: The ICT in K-12 Education Ecosystem
Unit 3: Meta-analyses of Research on ICT in Education
Unit 4: DE Innovation Plan for K-12
Each Unit will also be supported by a number of additional online articles and web sites, drawing as much as possible on Open Educational Resources. While the focus of assignments will be on Canadian settings, the course will also draw on international case studies for intervention in countries such as Korea, Brazil. Russia, Europe, Chile and the UK.
Upon completion of MDDE 630, students will be able to:
There will be a number of Unit based assignments scattered throughout the course and a culminating final assessment. A breakdown of the assignments and their proposed weight are described below.
Early access to the Learning Management System, Moodle, begins one week before the official start date of your course, at that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will automatically become active.
Last updated by MM December 15, 2016