e-Learning: Concepts & Practice

e-Learning Concepts & Practice (EDPE 595) is a special topics course offered through the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology in the Faculty of Education at McGill University. Course starts on Wednesday, May 3.

The course will initially be delivered in a traditional face-to-face setting. It may also be offered in the future, in online and blended learning formats.

I designed the course for anyone who wants to find out about e-Learning, both the history and where it is headed.

I want students, teachers, professors, administrators, and instructional designers to develop their knowledge of e-Learning not only through a variety of sources (research based) but also through a carefully designed sequence of practical learning activities:

    • key aspects of e-Learning
    • definitions & design (SAM)
    • applications and its future
    • Social media, blogs, wikis, learning management systems, etc.
    • Web 2.0 technologies

The course promotes and is designed using parameters of the Open and Social Learning movement (open source software, social cognitive theory, social constructivism, connectivism, open teaching, etc. etc.)

Most important of all the course while challenging will be fun, practical, and rewarding :)

All resources for the course will be posted on this website (bit.ly/edpe595) and all blogs/reflections will be posted on Mightybell: http://edpe595.mn.co

The course is currently divided into three main parts:

    1. Learning Theory (weeks 1 to 4) ---> the concepts, the 'big' ideas --> looking at the latest peer reviewed research .
    2. Practice (weeks 5 to 9)--> the applications, the 'scafolding' --> specific exercises & in class activities to ensure that deep learning takes place.
    3. Putting It All Together (weeks 9 to 13) -- > 'synthesis' through actual design & construction an e-Learning unit or module -- by bringing together everything learned in the course.

Hope you join me on this great adventure. You don't need to be a 'techie' to benefit from the course :)

Sam Bruzzese

Twitter: @sam_bruzzese Email: sam.bruzzese@mcgill.ca Website: http://sbruzzese.org

If you have any questions please contact me via email or Twitter.