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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


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


Current State of e-Learning in Ontario

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


Untapped Potential
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


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


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