Emphasis in Digital Technologies in Education

What are the emerging trends in the contemporary educational technology landscape? Given the thousands and thousands of educational apps and web-based technologies available to teachers, where are we seeing potential?

The Digital Technologies in Education Emphasis (DTE) engages educators in an examination of technology and its effective use in educational contexts. Drawing on research from the fields of the learning sciences, psychology, diversity studies, and information and communication technology, learners deepen their understanding of such topics as knowledge-building, computational thinking, gamification of learning, online knowledge communities, social media, immersive technologies (VR, AR), technology and assessment, and mobile learning.

How to Participate in the Digital Technologies in Education Emphasis

It is not necessary to formally enrol in the DTE Emphasis, nor do you need to declare in advance your intention to pursue the Emphasis. If you are a student in the Curriculum & Pedagogy (C&P) program in CTL you are eligible to have a C&P program Emphasis by simply completing three or more courses from the Emphasis course list. Once you successfully pass these courses, contact your program administrator in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and request credit for satisfying the Emphasis requirements. This request must be made prior to graduation. Please note that not all courses are offered each year and that a course can only be used to satisfy the requirements of a single Emphasis. 

Students in the Digital Technologies in Education Emphasis are expected to take three or more courses.


Core Faculty

  • Dr. Clare Brett
  • Dr. Jim Hewitt
  • Dr. Marlene Scardamalia
  • Dr. Jim Slotta

Affiliated Instructors

  • Dr. David Dodick
  • Dr. Selia Karston
  • Dr. Kim MacKinnon
  • Dr. Alexandra Makos
  • Dr. Lesley Wilton

Digital Technologies in Education Courses

Course Name Course Code
Introduction to Computers in Education CTL1602H
Introduction to Knowledge Building CTL1603H 
Computers in the Curriculum CTL1606H
Constructive Learning and Design of Online Environments CTL1608H
Educational Applications of Computer-Mediated Communication CTL1609H
Introduction to AI in Education (Formerly CTL5052H) CTL1615H
Blended Learning: Issues and Applications (Formerly CTL5051H) CTL1616H
Social Media and Education (Formerly CTL5015H) CTL1617H
Theoretical Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning CTL1620H
Design and Development of Online Content, Media, and Artifacts (New 2022-2023)  CTL1621H
Data Gathering and Assessment in Online Courses (New 2022-2023) CTL1622H
Immersive Technologies in Education (Formerly CTL5047H) CTL1623H
Instructional Design: Beyond the Lecture (Formerly CTL5016H) CTL1624H
Digital Media and Practices for a Knowledge Society (Formerly CTL5036H) CTL1625H
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing in Education CTL1923H
Knowledge Media and Learning CTL1926H
Holistic Approaches to Information Technology CTL5011H
Exploring Children's and Youth's Digital Literacies in a Networked World CTL5308H