Authentic Technologies

Drawing on my dissertation that focused on Authentic Inquiry Learning, I advocate for the authentic and meaningful integration of technologies into teaching and learning. By authentic, I mean technologies that facilitate students participation in a community of learning that connects to real-world practices and students’ own lives.

This is not an easy feat. Big questions arise such as what is real-world practice? How do I leverage technologies to accomplish this? Which tools do I use? My work has therefore centred upon supporting instructors to make meaningful choices about the technologies they use.

Example: Canva Infographics for Knowledge Communication

One example of my approach to promoting authentic technologies is a workshop I developed on Infographics. I focused the workshop on the use of Canva as a graphic design tool, but presented the tool to faculty as an opportunity to incorporate Infographics assignments into their courses. I highlighted the value of Infographic creation on student learning – mainly, the integration and communication of knowledge for sharing relevant work with others beyond coursework. I further provided instructors with timely resources for supporting students with Infographic design. 

A Rubric for eLearning Tool Evaluation

Co-authored with colleague, Gavan Watson, the following rubric is intended for instructors’ predictive evaluation of eLearning tools and technologies from a range of pedagogical, technological, and functional qualities. The rubric is published in EDUCAUSE Review (2018, September 10) and licensed under the Creative Commons (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Outcomes-based Approach to eLearning Support at Western

The eLearning Toolkit is a one-of-a-kind support resource for Western faculty. Originally created by the eLearning Technologies Team in Western Technology Services, I first joined forces with WTS in 2015 to contribute to ongoing improvement of the resource. I spearheaded the addition of a learning outcomes page that enables instructors to discover technologies by the outcome. We continue to collaborative refine and improve the toolkit to meet evolving faculty needs.