Technology-enabled and online teaching require skills and knowledge in creating content, acquiring resources, facilitating learning experiences, and designing effective online assessments. As a foundational step to building capacity in these areas educators need:
- An understanding and appreciation of what research has to say about how people learn.
- The ability to curate, develop, use, and share appropriate educational resources.
- Skill in discerning the possibilities—and limitations—of technology to support teaching and learning.
- Professional learning networks through collaborations with other disciplines.
- A scholarly approach to teaching.
- A willingness to experiment: to try, reflect, and learn from new approaches, pedagogies, and technologies to support learning (Bates, 2014).
These topics are covered in the six Ontario Extend modules, whose program Framework is built on Simon Bates (2016) model for the anatomy of the 21st century educator that encompasses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified as the foundational skills required to “thrive (and not just survive) in a digital world” (Coldwell-Nelson, 2018; Martin & Grudziecki, 2006). The Ontario Extend “Anatomy of an Empowered Educator” framework is highlighted below.
Each module takes on average 4-6 hours to complete and are designed to be sequential, with the knowledge and skills from one module supporting your exploration in the next. However, you can also use and complete a module on its own.
You are welcome to explore and engage with the modules as part of either a self-paced or facilitated learning experience. As a facilitated learning experience, they may be offered online, in a face-to-face workshop, or a mix of both. Notification of facilitated offerings will be announced on the Extend website. We encourage you to explore the content, consider the resources, experience the activities, and reflect on your practice.
Your input, comments, and feedback are important to us. Please let us know, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, if these modules were useful for you, or if you have any suggestions for building on these resources.
Below you can download the PDF versions of each module:
- Teacher for Learning Module
- Technologist Module
- Curator Module
- Collaborator Module
- Experimenter Module
- Scholar Module
- Module Resources and References
ANATOMY OF AN EMPOWERED EDUCATOR
ANATOMY OF AN EMPOWERED EDUCATOR
An understanding of how students learn and how to design effective learning activities and experiences
Sharing and enhancing one’s own educational approaches through collaborations within, across, and between disciplines
A producer and consumer of appropriate educational resources through sharing and development
An openness to try, reflect, and learn from new approaches and technologies to support student learning
Fluency using learning technology in educationally effective ways
An awareness and appreciation of effective, research-based, discipline appropriate pedagogical approaches
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