I am almost finished my Masters degree in Educational Technology at UBC … just one course to go. Actually less, since I’m more than half-way through the last course.
Here’s the major paper that I wrote for ETEC 530, my current course. The basic thesis? Constructivism, the current hottest paradigm in education du jour, is all about how students learn. However, the literature is all about how teachers need to teach. Somewhere, there seems to be a disconnect:
I recently chaired a session and spoke at the Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2009) in Osaka, Japan. I could hardly have enjoyed the experience more – thanks to UBC and the Master of Educational Technology program for making it possible! More details on that later.
But first, I promised during the talk that my presentation and notes would be made available online … so here they are.
Note that they are very text heavy. This is not at all my standard practice (I usually have very few words on a slide, if any) but is good manners for an international conference where English is often the second or third language of most participants. Many people I’ve met in business and academics around Asia and Europe who know at least some English are better readers than speakers or listeners … so providing the written words as well as the spoken presentation provides much greater opportunity to grasp the meaning.
I must say I completely enjoyed this conference. Many conferences are wonderful because you have opportunities to meet so many different people from so many different places … but this one was special because of its international character.
For me, the highlight (beside the session, which went extremely well and was well-attended) was personally meeting and talking to people from Indonesia, the Phillipines, Ireland, Scotland, Japan (of course!), Taiwan, Turkey, Malaysia, Borneo, Canada (yes, there were a few other Canucks there), and the US. It’s a great pleasure to talk to people of all different backgrounds and perspectives.