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Online and Distance Education at OISE
Clare Brett



Dr. Clare Brett
Associate Professor, CTL

Focus: Online Teaching and Learning

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning at OISE. My research interests lie in the areas of teaching and learning in online and distance contexts; the social and cultural implications of technology use and the affordances of online environments for learning. Other research interests include cognitive perspectives on reading and writing development. Follow this link for information on my research project GRAIL (Graduate Researcher's Academic Identity onLine) and this link for My Weblog.

Current Online Courses:

CTL1608: Constructive Learning and the Design of Online Learning Environments
This course examines the theory and research that underlies constructivist learning and its historical and philosophical roots. Concepts including situated cognition, distributed cognition and constructivist learning theory will be examined. The educational applications that have developed out of these ideas, like problem based learning, collaborative learning and knowledge building will be explored in regards to how such concepts can inform and enhance the design of online environments and methods of teaching. We will look at different learning environments, both research projects and applications current in the field that instantiate various elements of these ideas. This will be a discussion-based course using online readings and resources in an asynchronous conferencing format. We will focus on the research and theoretical background of the concepts to be studied in the course, and the readings have been chosen as seminal works in their respective areas.

CTL1609: Educational Applications of Computer Mediated Communication
This course involves an overview of the various uses of computers for human communication for educational purposes. Applications and issues of teaching and learning in the online environment, related to all levels of education, are examined. This will be a discussion-based course using online readings and resources in an asynchronous conferencing format, along with weblogs and wikis. Each year I set a theme for the course that emphasizes a particular aspect of online learning. Past themes include collaboration, progressive discourse; and distributed communities.

Technologies Currently Used in Online Courses:

These are fully distance courses using a variety of learning contexts, including online discussion (WebKF4), weblogs and wikis and supported by weekly instructor-created videos that comment on issues raised in the the course discussion for that week.

Recent Publications in the Field of Online or Distance Education:


Other Publications/Works:


Contact Information:

Website: http://grail.oise.utoronto.ca/cbrett/
Email: cbrett@oise.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-0132