Welcome to course site for the summer courses for EdTech MEd cohort at UVic!

Two courses are offered in July 2019:

  • EDCI 515: e-Research
  • EDCI 568: Discourse on Social Media and Personalized Learning

These courses are offered in multi-access format, meaning we will have a mix of on-site learners at UVic in a video conference-enabled classroom and remote learners, who will be connecting via video from across the province of British Columbia and Western Canada. Since the course is primarily synchronous, this blog will be primarily support and resources for our registered learners and any open learners who wish to follow our journey. Some areas of the website are password protected for registered learners only (such as access to our video room links). The password is available from your instructor.

Dr. Valerie Irvine is the cohort coordinator for the cohort and will be teaching EDCI 568. Dr. Jennifer Thom will be teaching EDCI 515. Please explore the menus for each course to find more information about your instructors, their blog posts, and relevant resources.

A list of learner blogs will be available (and shared only with consent). Feeds of learner blogs posts are available under the Blog Hub menu and specific course feeds are available within each course menu. Please feel free to comment on our learner blogs if you have something constructive to share!

Students will develop a personalized learning approach to establish a foundation for using technology, and specifically social media, for their own academic and professional learning and to support their professional teaching practices. The process of research inquiry will be embedded throughout and students will be expected to document and curate their learning and the resources they gather in both EDCI 568 and EDCI 515.

Integrated Goals for EDCI 515 and 568 – Students will be able to:

  • become proficient with software and tools useful in the research process and for inquiry supported via technologies for networked learning.
  • explore key concepts, designs, and processes across quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method, and action research method/ologies in the social sciences with emphasis on using or developing educational technologies.
  • develop conceptual understandings for and necessary skills to examine published research in a critical manner.
  • understand guiding principles of ethics in educational research.
  • learn how to carry out literature searches, citations, and reviews.
  • read and understand relevant research literature on technology-infused research and teaching, specifically personalized and connected or networked learning.
  • reflect on current practices and discover new perspectives on technology-infused inquiry, social media’s role in education, and its relation to the personalized learning movement.
  • curate and disseminate findings from personalized learning journeys in open education contexts.