An Introduction

What Are We Doing Here?

EDDL 5101 is introductory in nature, and it casts a wide net over topics related to education and technology. Together, we will explore technologies and their adaptations for education. The story I would like to tell through this course is that education and technology is not about hardware and software designed and adopted for instruction, it is about the discovery of new ways to use technologies to better support existing forms of learning and to develop forms of learning not yet imagined. The course will be practical but always conscious of the theoretical implications of technology use choices.

How Are We Going To Do This?

We are going to build things, break things, distribute content and aggregate it, plan learning, and plan how we might evaluate learning. We will analyze and discuss the messes we have made, and move on to develop learning that is less or more messy.

Activities will provide opportunities for you to experiment and build expertise with specific skills and technologies. Discussion around activities and theory will allow you to explore the evolving questions and tensions surrounding technology and education today.

There will be opportunities to bend and stretch the course to meet your needs and interests. Your work here may form part of the wider ed-tech discussion, becoming a resource for the next section of students in EDDL 5101.

Implications of the Open-Course Format

This course will exist, for the most part, in an open format. That means that the content we put up and the discussions we have will be viewable by the public. This default orientation reflects the simplest and most useful way for instructors to distribute content and the most challenging and potentially rewarding way for students to engage online. We’ll start from the premise that what we do here is open and use this as a point from which to discuss the opportunities and risks associated with this choice if it were engaged in the context of your own students.

Things To Know About All the Web-Tools We Will Use

Each of the tools we encounter have a purpose that can range from private entertainment to public resource. We will be creating accounts and putting up content on some of these services. Some of it will be set as private;  much will be open to the wider public. If you haven’t already, you should consider taking stock of your online presence and the ways in which you present your professional and public face on the Internet. You should keep in mind that while these tools maintain fairly rigorous security standards and provide avenues for keeping your content private, they are hosted in various jurisdictions (mostly in the United States) that each have their own laws regarding the provision of data to their respective governments.

Please note that we understand if public display of your writing is something that concerns you. You are welcome to use a pseudonym for any EDDL course. If you need help to change the “display name” for your site just let your instructor know. (And of course, be sure to let your instructor know what your pseudonym is.)

TRU IT Service Desk

If you experience difficulties accessing the course blogs, Blackboard site, or other TRU-hosted technologies, you should contact the TRU IT Service Desk. If you have a question about how to do something in your WordPress blog, please run that question by me and I will either point you to the solution or forward your concern to the IT Service Desk, as appropriate.

  • Email ITServiceDesk@tru.ca.
  • Phone 1.888.852.8533 (toll-free in Canada) or 250.852.6800 (Kamloops and International).
  • IT Service Desk hours are 8 am to 8 pm Pacific Time.
  • In addition, between September and April, voicemail and email to the IT Service Desk will be checked on weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm.

Where To Go If You Can’t Get Back To This Blog

This course uses the WordPress blogging platform, which is a reliable open-source tool used by thousands of educational institutions. In the unlikely event that you cannot get to the blog (both yours and the main course blog), you should go to the course Blackboard shell.

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