On June 6th and 8th 2016, coaches in School of Kinesiology’s Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership attended orientations and training on Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, and UBC Blogs. These sessions were designed to prepare the coaches for taking on their upcoming challenge of completing the HPC certification program in a fully online environment.
On April 7th 2016, ETS and various UBC maker campus communities collaborated to host the UBC Centennial Maker Faire, a showcase of innovative and creative projects from students, faculty and staff members. The faire offered a venue for makers to showcase their projects, engage with others and provide insight into their processes, click on the banner to check out the event presenters and photos!
On January 26th, we are excited to announce that ETS staff members Ian Linkletter and Sharon Hu will be leading a Collaborate session on the lessons they learnt from the latest offering of the Faculty of Education’s MOOC. Having just delivered Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education for the second time, the development team will reflect back on key questions relating to the design, development, and delivery of the Faculty of Education’s MOOC during a T.E.L.L. session, hosted by BC-based organization Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG).
Play, Experiment and Learn: From September 14th to September 24th, Maker Spaces are being set up in the renovated Scarfe Library to engage Teacher Candidates in conversations about how technology and hands-on learning can be incorporated in their teaching practices to incite prior knowledge and to spark their students’ imagination. By offering a place to tinker and play around, MakerSpaces are designed to encourage Teacher Candidates to evaluate how inquiry-based and direct hands-oriented learning might factor into their own long-term teaching practices.
There is a focused movement to reinvent learning spaces and rearrange the educational experience — a trend driven by the influence of innovative learning approaches.
On January 30th, Dr. Monique Bournot-Trites, Dr. Meike Wernicke, Kirk Macdonald and Ken Watanabe presented on blended learning pedagogies and technologically enhanced classrooms for the Educators’ Cafe series. They hosted an engaging discussion of the unique possibilities that technology offers to instructors, and how it can be optimally integrated into teaching spaces.
In November, Teacher Candidates were able to experience technology integration in the classroom via a Mystery Skype session. Mystery Skype is simple: classes Skype call each other and determine the location of the other class. The Teacher Candidates Skype called a grade 7 honours science class from Waxahachie, Texas!
On October 3rd, 2013, Educational Technology Support hosted its first open house event. Together with members of the community, we enjoyed refreshments, games, and good conversation.
The first series of Connect training sessions were held from April 4th – 18th, 2013. Over 50 participants attended these sessions and learned more about educational technology and the support we can offer.