Students will draw upon their earlier research and/or experience in technology-enhanced
learning environments, as well as current literature to identify and explore a variety of
contemporary issues in technology-enhanced digital learning methods and technologies. Students
adopt a critical mindset in approaching both theory and practice, including those related to
issues they encounter in their own discipline. Working both individually and in teams for
selected activities and assignments, participants will explore ethical and social justice
issues including access to learning, open and participatory practices, online privacy and
safety in digital learning environments, copyright and licensing, and the idea of the commons.
The course culminates in an integrative project incorporating both theory and practice.
- Identify a variety of contemporary issues in technology-enhanced learning and digital
- Critically examine implications of contemporary issues in specific aspects of
technology-enhanced learning and digital learning environments.
- Explore relationships between contemporary issues and pedagogical approaches.
- Interpret research literature to situate issues in the context of current and historical
- Analyze a selection of issues in technology-enhanced and digital learning environments to
a specific selected problem setting.
- Unit 1: Learning Technology and Media
- Unit 2: Social and Ethical Issues
- Unit 3: Open Educational Practices
- Unit 4: Learning Design and Delivery
- Unit 5: Contemporary Issues in Technology-Enhanced and Digital Learning Environments
Required text and materials
All required resources are available free of charge online.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher
on the overall course, and 70% or higher on the mandatory Final Project
|Assignment 1: ePortfolio and Blog Posts
|Assignment 2: Team Presentation
|Assignment 3: Discussion Posts and Participation
|Final Project: Major Project Paper (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment’s “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information at the start of the course.