The Great Media Debate: Is It Still Relevant?

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. For Activity 7, we formed a team as Christy Boyce, Brandon Carson, Andrea Livingstone, David Livingstone and Michael Murray. We were tasked with reading about the ‘great media debate’ in the field of learning and technology through reading the claims of Clark (1994) and Kozma (1994) as they debate whether or not media influence learning. Our second task was to find four articles that were in stark contrast to either Clark or Kozma’s views in the… Read More

Communities of Practice in Higher Education

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. For assignment 2, I chose the topic of Communities of Practice in Higher Education. As an individual who works in a teaching and learning centre, Communities of Practice are often used to bring people together with a similar interest and with varying levels of knowledge and experience on the topic. With several new technologies being introduced in my workplace, I thought this topic would be appropriate to review the literature on Communities of Practice, to have… Read More

Espalier: A Lesson in Digital Abundance

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. For Activity 6, my classmate and I explored the implications of abundant content for lifelong learning.For our topic, we chose to learn how to grow a tree along a flat surface in a predetermined pattern. A Google search for “How to grow a tree along a flat surface” led to the discovery that this technique was called ‘espalier’. Feeling inspired and informed, we used this term to search further. The photo below shows the ‘Images’ from… Read More

My theoretical and pedagogical stance

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. After reading through the theoretical positions described by Ertmer and Newby (2013) and Merrill (2002), I struggled on selecting one position. The principles outlined by Merrill (2002, p. 43) of “(a) Learning is promoted when learners are engaged in solving real-world problems. (b) Learning is promoted when existing knowledge is activated as a foundation for new knowledge. (c) Learning is promoted when new knowledge is demonstrated to the learner. (d) Learning is promoted when new knowledge… Read More

Dr. Roland van Oostveen

Ontario Tech University

Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. Dr. van Oostveen is the Director of the Educational Informatics Laboratory (EILab) and the Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology (ESDT) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) (Educational Informatics Lab, 2017a). I chose Dr. van Oostveen due to his work in the field of online learning and my knowledge of his work through being a graduate of the ESDT program. Dr. van Oostveen was my first professor… Read More

The History of Learning Management Systems

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. After reading Watters (2014), I took time to reflect on what timeline would interest me most. With the variety of Learning Management Systems (LMS) I have supported in my role and used as a student, I thought it would be interesting to map out a timeline of some of the most used LMS in the higher education sector. Please review the timeline below, and comment on any dates that surprise you in the timeline. References Watters,… Read More

Reviewing and reflecting on the field of Instructional Design and Technology

Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. Reiser’s (2001) articles A History of Instructional Design and Technology: Part I: A History of Instructional Media and A History of Instructional and Design and Technology: Part II: A History of Instructional Design discussed the history of instructional design and instructional technology in the United States of America. Like other readings from this course, I enjoyed these articles, as it allowed for more insight into this ever-changing field. The biggest surprise from the readings was uncovering… Read More

The History of Educational Technology

A robot holding a tablet.

Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. The field of educational technology goes back further than most people realize. When some people think of technology, they think of a computer powered device, where in reality, items such as pencils and paper were at one point new technologies that changed the landscape of education. While researching this topic, I reviewed several academic journals, YouTube videos, and websites. The reading that related to me the most though is a book titled Teaching in a Digital… Read More

Visualizing my Digital Network

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Please note: This blog post is a course related assessment for the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. Activity 2 of LRNT 521 required learners to create a visual of their digital networks to identify where and how we are situated within their network. As I continue to reflect on my social media practices, this exercise allowed me to gain a holistic view of my social media presence on LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as learn about the benefits and limitations of the different applications that allow social media users to gain analytical information… Read More