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Aligning the Affordances of 21st Century Technology with 21st Century Pedagogy
A vision for the future of e-Learning in Ontario

Danika Barker

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Todays Students
Creating and publishing for a world-wide audience Participatory Culture Ubiquitous access to technology alone is not enough 21st Century pedagogy

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Current State of e-Learning in Ontario


Encouraging teachers to incorporate more blended learning Supporting student success initiatives Differentiation Anytime, anywhere learning

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Untapped Potential
Provincial
L M S:

a wealth of potential

Content delivery tool rather than digital learning environment Not reflective of the web 2.0 world in which students participate every day Content in the L M S is very text-heavy, relying primarily on reading and writing

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Seeing the Possibilities


Aligning multimedia rich content with pedagogy centered around scaffolded instruction and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity

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How will this vision be implemented?


Draw on the knowledge of e-Learning contacts and district e-Learning coordinators to identify innovative teachers Begin by revising courses that have the highest attrition rates Develop training for teachers: we cant apply traditional methods of teaching and learning to the digital environment and expect our students and teachers to be successful