COURSE: ETEC 510 (Core Course), Design of Technology-Supported Learning Environments, Winter 2009, Course Description
TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Individual
To contribute as an author and editor of the ETEC 510 Design Wiki, a writing space where all students enrolled in the course actively engage as co-constructors of knowledge around the following themes: Globalization, Learning Theories, Design Models, Pedagogical Models, Education for Sustainable Development, Learning Environments, E-Learning, Teaching and Learning Resources.
ETEC 510 was the second course that I took in the MET program, after studying the applications of learning theories to instruction in ETEC 512. ETEC 510 gave me the opportunity to process what I had learned in ETEC 512 and apply this knowledge in a hands-on manner, learning how to edit and author pages of the design wiki. This was exciting early on in the program, because I was starting to understand how an application, such as a wiki, could be used in my teaching context. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the design process that went along with understanding how to edit the HTML code of the wiki pages, seeing the results, and creating content.
I decided to author my major entry on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as this was a topic that I was beginning to learn about in my teaching context. Throughout the MET program, I have found it beneficial to try and combine assignments with topics that are at the forefront of the Calgary Board of Education, my employer. At school, we were studying the book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning by David H. Rose and Anne Meyer. This book was the springboard for the wiki page that I authored. The process of authoring a page helped me to understand UDL more deeply than what we were discussing at school. As I gained a deeper understanding of UDL, I was able to assist teaching colleagues to complete student learning profiles based on the principles of UDL.
Looking back on my contribution to the design wiki, I feel that it is too basic. That being said, I authored it based on my best thinking and knowledge at the time. Now that I have 3 more years of teaching and MET under my belt, I believe that my approach to this project and the final product would be much different as I have had the opportunity to research UDL in other courses and assignments and my knowledge on the topic is greater. If I were to redo this assignment, I would focus more on the application of UDL to educational technologies, which is really what I hope I have accomplished with the creation of this ePortfolio!
UBC Design Wiki Link (As this is a wiki, and ETEC 510 is offered once a year, this page may change if future students decide to edit it, as it already has.)
Download .pdf version: Design Wiki – Universal Design for Learning
- 8.3 Foster collaboration and community
As mentioned in the objective of this assignment, wikis are a wonderful tool to encourage collaboration in order to co-construct knowledge. As a member of a wiki, you are a member of a community. This is especially important if the nature of your studies is on-line learning. Furthermore, wikis are a valuable tool for encouraging participation as they create a flexible environment where all students have a voice. Some students will rarely speak up in class in front of their peers, however, when given the time to reflect, create and post content, many insights about what the student knows or has learned can be gleaned. Therefore, even in a face-to-face environment, incorporating the use of a wiki as part of a classroom is a valuable option to consider.
Rose, D. H., & Meyer, A. (2002). Teaching every student in the Digital Age: Universal design for learning. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Retrieved from http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/