This short course will provide an introduction to how learning technologies may support student collaboration, reflection, creation, sharing and other key elements of learning and provide opportunity for you to consider how they may do so in your course and for your own professional development and research. The course will provide hands on experience in using several tools and provide ample time for discussion and debate about the challenges, opportunities and potential impact technology may have on your teaching practice and your students’ learning.
Introduction to Learning Technologies is offered as both a blended course for faculty, sessional lecturers, instructors, staff and graduate students at the U of S, and a Truly Open Online Course (TOOC) for anyone, anywhere. The resources used in this course can be accessed here.
About the blended course, for U of S faculty, sessional lecturers, instructors, staff and graduate students:
- Evaluate various learning technologies in relation to their potential contribution to their students' learning
- Create and publish digital learning resources for use in their own teaching and learning
- Reflect on their current and future use of learning technology
- Assess how the learning technologies available through the University of Saskatchewan might be used in their courses
This is a blended course with most of the work to be completed online, but there will be five required in-class sessions (GMCTE, Murray room 51.2).
Three additional "live" online sessions will take place using Google Hangouts. These sessions will include guest speakers and will be recorded and made available on YouTube for those unable to attend.
About Introduction to Learning Technologies as a TOOC:
This course carries a creative commons licence and is meant to be truly open to anyone who is interested in learning. To find out more about what it means to be 'truly open', please read this blog post. It is not neccesary to register to view the material for this course, which is available here. The U of S TOOC even made Academica Group's Top Ten list!