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What is Educational Technology?

  • the study and practice of facilitating learning and improving educational outcomes by developing, implementing, and managing technology in educational experiences. 

Why should I consider theming my degree in Educational Technology?

Educational technology is a rapidly growing profession where knowledge of how theory and practice intersect is being leveraged in both public and private sectors

What will I learn?

By studying Educational Technology, you will:

  • develop a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of educational technology with the design of educational experiences
  • be better equipped to implement and engage in the application of educational technologies in a world where technology is ubiquitous

Who is eligible for this theme?

All OISE students are eligible to pursue any of the course themes.

How do I get started?

There is no formal application process, as course themes are simpy an informal way to guide your course selection. 

If you are a DPE MEd student and choose to pursue any MEd Theme, the normal application process applies. We ask that you indicate interest in your letter of intent as part of the DPE MEd program application

Then, when choosing your electives, simply use the list below or on the OISE MEd Theme page to learn about different courses available in a given theme.



While students may organize their study of Educational Technology from any department, there are good reasons to enter through the MEd DPE program in the Department of APHD.

  • Many of the educational technologies used today are developed using psychological and developmental theories
  • Approaching educational technology from a psychology perspective allows you to better understand how technologies are designed to engage us
  • Understanding psychological theory serves as an underpinning for the implementation of appropriate educational technologies
  • APHD provides you with an array of practical experiences to better equip you with transferrable skills needed to better navigate our technology-rich world
  • Mobilizing theory on psychology and human development in the design of educational experiences with technology can better serve the ways we learn in both traditional and special education contexts


In addition to your two required courses, you may take relevant elective courses in APHD as well as courses offered in other OISE departments or in other University of Toronto departments (e.g. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering).

Educational technology and relevant courses in APHD may include:

APD1294H: Technology, Psychology and Play
This course examines psychological theories of play and has a focus on the role of technology in play across the life span (e.g., Vygotsky, Huizinga, Brown) in relation to the role of technology in play (e.g., Resnick, Gee, Squires) from both human developmental and educational perspectives. Topics addressing play include: gamification, trust, collaboration and passion to learn.  In addition, we will address the growing role of technology in 'eduplay' and emerging social implications (e.g., concerns of addiction to gaming, social media, and networked connectedness). 

APD2275H: Technology for Adaptive Instruction and Special Education
This course will examine the potential of microcomputer-based technology in various types of learning environments. The focus is on the use of adaptive and assistive technology as a tool to increase the teacher's ability to handle a wide range of student learning needs in mainstreamed classrooms.


APD5017 Special Topics: Technology, Play and Social Media in Adolescence
This course examines the intersection of technology, social media and play during adolescence from a developmental and educational perspective.  Topics include: social interaction, emotional development, gamification, collaboration, social media, and the role of technology in education. This course is designed to have students critically examine contemporary research to better understand the implications of technology on social emotional development, interaction, and learning in adolescence.

APD5017 Special Topics: Technology and Universal Design for Learning
This course examines how technology can aid in the implementation of universal design within classrooms.  The course will focus on student needs and the emerging technologies that teachers can employ.  Specific topics will vary from year to year as technologies emerge and adapt.

Additional Educational Technology courses at OISE


There is also an opportunity to learn outside of OISE:

From the the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: 

ECE1778 Creative Mobile Applications 
In this course you come in with an idea that mobilizes educational theory. You will work with a team of programmers to develop a mobile application prototype based on these ideas. Courses like this, and others, are a great way to understand how the theory, practice and design of educational technology is leveraged in learning.