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Introduction to Learning Technologies

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 through the Canvas open course network. The resources used in the previous offering of the course can be accessed here. A PDF of the program evaluation report that was completed following the offering of the course in early 2014 can be accessed here.

By the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Utilize learning technologies in their teaching and for professional development
  2. Evaluate various learning technologies in relation to their potential contribution to student learning
  3. Create and publish digital learning resources for use in teaching
  4. Discuss issues around the use of learning technologies including digital citizenship, digital literacy and access

This is a blended course with most of the work to be completed online, but there will be four required in-class sessions (from 1 - 3:30 PM each date in Room the Collaborative Learning Lab, 2nd Floor, Murray Building):

  • January 13 
  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 17 

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.

Please note that participants will be required to bring a laptop to class to complete hands-on activities. Blogs and other media created for this course (podcasts, screencasts and / or videos) will be public.

Participants must complete all activities and attend all face-to-face sessions to receive a certificate of participation documenting their professional development in this area.

The blended course is only open to faculty, staff and graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. If you fall outside of this group or do not wish to attend the face-to-face sessions, you may enrol in the open online version of the course through Canvas.

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.

Register for the On-Campus version of this Course