Emerging Learning Technologies Syllabus

Emerging Learning Technologies

Course Description

Social media tools and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat have become a pervasive part of our daily lives. The ease and versatility of these tools have enabled individuals to become active participants in both the creation and dissemination of a broad variety of content that fosters engagement and dialogue with a broader community. They have also enabled a shift from individuals as passive ‘consumers’ to ‘prosumers’ of information. Similarly, many people have found these platforms as effective tools for pursuing personal learning interests such as fitness, health, and photography because they make it easy to share, receive feedback, offer comments and pose questions. In short, these tools become facilitators of personal learning networks. Educators have been intrigued by how these tools may spur new ideas and designs for more formal learning environments (i.e., the classroom). In this course, we generally do two things: first, we look at different informal learning communities and the practices that drive their interactions; second, we explore and experiment with different tools as resources for promoting innovation in teaching and learning.

Course Objectives

  • Experiment with various emerging learning technologies
  • Analyze practices and principles pertaining to emerging technologies
  • Document and reflect on interesting practices surrounding various social media that can be turned into educational or personal knowledge development opportunities
  • Create learning artifacts with emerging technologies and platforms
  • Assignments

    Since this course deals with emerging learning technologies (e.g., Social Web), our engagement in this course will closely map the type of engagement and processes that are visible in these environments. Some of these processes include (but are not limited to): persistent exploration of and engagement with new technologies (including troubleshooting) active discussion and conversation between participants critical reflection and examination of various technologies and their impact on learning equal opportunities for demonstrating expertise within the community. Assignments include:

    • Writing and maintaining a regular blog (e.g., weekly)
    • Developing a Personal Learning Network via Social Networking platforms (e.g., Twitter)
    • Producing a podcast
    • Experimenting with Augmented Reality apps and generating ideas for instructional use
    • Creating a Makerspace learning artifact (e.g., Raspberry Pi)
    • Analyzing Open Educational Resources


    • Blogging: 20%
    • Podcasting: 10%
    • Learning Technology Briefings: 50%
    • Ed-Tech Video: 20%

    Late Work Policy

    Please inform me in advance if there are weeks where you may run into issues with schedules or deadlines. Late assignments are reduced by one full letter grade for each day that it is late.