Documentation of learning technologies and spaces

To improve support for teaching and learning at the University of Calgary, it’s important to understand what the current state is. Towards this end, we’re looking at where people are teaching, what they’re using to teach with, and how they’re doing that teaching.

Part of the implementation of the Strategic Framework for Learning Technologies requires a deep understanding of the learning spaces, technologies available at the University of Calgary, and of the learning activities which are conducted using these spaces and technologies.

Research assistants were hired over the Spring/Summer semesters of 2015 and 2016 to investigate the present state of these. In 2015, the focus was on learning spaces and technologies, aggregating literature in the field, data collected by the Office of Institutional Analysis, as well as qualitative and quantitative data collected by the research assistants. These findings are documented at http://learningtechnologies.ucalgary.ca/documentation/

In 2016, the focus is on learning activities. Because the study is being designed and data has yet to be collected, the outcomes of this study will be documented at a later point in time.

Documentation and Materials

http://learningtechnologies.ucalgary.ca

  • Includes the report written in 2015 by the research assistants as well as
  • Visualizations of quantitative data
  • Pictures of a wide array of learning spaces
  • Videos of interviews with selected faculty
  • Job Posting: Summer Research Assistant for learning activities
  • internal research

Assessment Strategies and Results

http://learningtechnologies.ucalgary.ca

  • Section on implications and conclusions
  • Continuation of the research by motivating the hiring of an additional research assistant

Reflection and Impact

This activity is important to help us understand how teaching and learning at the University of Calgary happens on the “front lines,” and how the teaching inquiries in the Taylor Institute will affect teaching and learning at the university as a whole. This is also an important resource for all our faculties as a repository of data which can be used in their planning processes, especially for procurement or planning future learning spaces.

Project collaborators: Arash Niknafs, Alexander Dingman, Jonathan Hudson, D’Arcy Norman, Leanne Wu

ePortfolio author: Leanne Wu

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