COVID-19 global pandemic posed unprecedented challenges of working and learning fully online. To support both students and instructors, ETS Learning Designers created Online Education: Digital Literacies modules, designed for all those who wanted to build and expand their knowledge and application of digital competencies that were particularly relevant designing learning for hybrid spaces that intersects the online and face-to-face spectrum.
During COVID, the whole university worked, learned and taught to a greater extent remotely, than had ever been the case historically.
The aim of the Online Education: Digital Literacies modules were to:
- Increase digital literacies and digital knowledge mobilization and citizenship awareness
- Explore interactivity built into all hybrid learning environments
- Enable legal and fair use of various ways to share knowledge remotely, such as creative commons licenses
- Consider the design of inclusive digital spaces
- Increase feelings of confidence and competency in online teaching and learning spaces
- Expand understanding of the safe, social, and ‘professional’ use of a wide range of technologies
Each module was designed to support these six aims as the participants engage in their own learning trajectory, building and expanding their foundation in digital literacies. The modules contain interactivities for participants to actively engage with the content and test their understanding of the concepts.
The topics covered in this resource:
- Digital Literacies: Overview
- Canvas (UBC centrally supported LMS)
Each module includes a number of subtopics and “Dig deeper” section with supplementary learning resources for those participants who would like to explore the topics and ideas in more detail, and a survey, “We would like to hear from you,” an opportunity to leave anonymous feedback on the helpfulness and usefulness of the information provided. The survey can be taken for a single module or for a set of modules.
Online Education: Digital Literacies modules are offered under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial Creative Commons license. The access to the resource is free for any UBC member with CWL (Campus Wide Login) account.
The course opened on August 17, 2020.
The project was sponsored by Dr. Blye Frank, Professor and Dean, Dr. Marianne McTavish, Professor of Teaching and Associate Dean, Teacher Education, & Dr. Mary Bryson, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Education
The resource developed by
- Helen DeWaard, Learning Designer, ETS
- Joyce Kim, Learning Designer, ETS
- Meghan McMillen, Learning Designer, ETS
- Yvonne Dawydiak, Manager, Learning Design, TEO
- Faeyza Mufti, Manager, Learning Design, ETS
- Natasha Boskic, Director, Learning Design, ETS
- Jenny Zhu, LT Support, ETS
Much of the material for this resource had been sourced from the Faculty of Education’s online Master of Educational Technology (MET) program. Thanks to all the MET course authors and instructors, and to Dr. Mary Bryson, Dr. Teresa Dobson, Dr. Natasha Boskic, Dr. Mark Bullen, Dr. Janet McCracken, Jeff Miller, and Dr. Lori MacIntosh for allowing the rip, remix and reuse of their course content and activities. The design team is especially grateful to Dr. Leah Macfadyen, Associate Director & Instructor, Master of Educational Technology Program for her help in identifying existing resources and reviewing the course, and to Dr. Jennifer Jensen for her valuable feedback.