Keynote: Transformative Learning and the potential of digital technologies (CTE 7500)Export this event to calendar

Monday, March 18, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT

Keynote speaker: Ian Pirie (University of Edinburgh)
Location: EC5 1111


Near instant access to information and the ability to interact and communicate remotely with each other online from virtually anywhere in the world provides enormous opportunities for educators and their students.  At the same time, heightened student expectations of fast response times from their instructors, especially around assessment and feedback, can pose significant challenges for educators. When coupled with the prevailing trend across the sector of treating students as ‘customers' or ‘consumers' of education, this can lead to an unbalanced view of where the responsibilities between teachers and learners should lie. Deep and meaningful learning cannot be achieved where students are merely passive recipients, and education design must ensure that students share the responsibility for, and take ownership of, their learning.

This keynote explores some of the opportunities provided by digital technologies in the context of formally developing shared responsibilities between students and their instructors to address some of these challenges. It further explores how this can lead to a genuine partnership of co-created learning with greater engagement, increased creativity and autonomy in the experience of education, with students designing some of their own courses of study and self-assessing aspects of their own learning.

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EC5 - East Campus 5
Room 1111
305 Phillip St.

Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z5