Year 1: 5 out of 10 goals
Year 2: 10 out of 10 goals
Work has begun on building the terms of reference for the advisory with a plan to run the first gathering late Fall 2022
Pedagogical technology that is fit for use and fit for purpose
The Google Workspace for Education Project was developed to support teacher candidates in the Master of Teaching (MT) and the Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA-CSE) programs. This project was completed in the winter term of 2022. Education Commons currently provides access to Google Workspace for Education to support teacher education beyond a student’s practicum time at school boards. Students, staff and faculty associated with teacher education programs at OISE have access to all of Google’s great tools.
Champion technology integration into teaching and learning
In support of continued online learning, Education Commons has begun providing the virtual computer lab for students and faculty at OISE. Virtual lab provides access to software and the ability to hold labs and classes using online tools.
Education Commons established a laptop loaner program to support OISE students.
Represent OISE at higher Ed gatherings
Education Commons presented at IT@UofT to showcase work done on digital accessibility at OISE.
System approach: Feasibility studies, pilots and proof of concepts
Virtual Reality is being explored for use in Education while seeking collaboration from the OISE faculty members.
Drupal as a web content management system was adopted and is in a process of being implemented after working through a proof of concept on a smaller scale.
Technologies like OWL, Zoom kic stand and a telepresence robot are being tested and piloted within various departments at OISE in order to enable hybrid work, while trying out various scenarios and use cases.
Trial of virtual reception for ROSE and Education Commons is underway.
Equity of access to technology and learning opportunities
Education Commons continues to seek out mechanisms that allow regular computer donations to OISE supported communities in need as well as OISE students. Over 80 computers were donated to those in most need of technology in the last year.
Champion of new and emerging technology
Education Commons was first at U of T to try the new Zoom Events platform. It was used as a pilot with the Graduate Student Research Conference with much success and is now a platform used throughout OISE for events like open houses, online conferences and various online gatherings.
Enable pedagogical use of technology
Our technology adoption consultants, Laize, Andrea and Ryan have run online workshops, training sessions, drop-ins, provided recordings on YouTube and offered one-on-one consultations as part of technology adoption strategies.
Facilitate removal of barriers to learning with the use of technology
From loaner laptop program for OISE students, to virtual and physical computer labs, access to free software, computer donations and exploration of new technologies such as OWL and DAZEE (telepresence robot), we provide tools that may serve as opportunities for the removal of potential barriers to learning.
Best practices to enable digital accessibility
In year 1, we developed comprehensive resources on digital accessibility, from producing accessible documents, to developing accessible apps. In year 2, we have adopted these resources and imbedded best practices in the OISE Drupal template that is being used for the OISE web development that provides AODA compliance and a much better experience for all abilities.