I am writing this blog to reflect on and share my learning while undertaking a year-long Masters program in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City during the 2013-2014 academic year. My research interest is the intersection of Leadership, Technology and Curriculum.
The questions I am exploring are:
1. How can teachers effectively merge the pedagogical principles that underpin effective learning design with design principles applicable to digital environments, to create engaging learning experiences for a range of students?
2. Which system-wide and school-level organizational structures support principals to harness the potential of new and emerging digital technology and media to improve student learning outcomes.
3. What re-usable learning designs and associated effective pedagogy can support blended learning settings i.e. bricks and mortar schools blending online learning with face to face learning.
These questions are evolving as I learn through coursework and connect with new research. I am working on a “wicked question” as the focus of my major project in the latter part of the program during June-August.
I have this wonderful opportunity through the generosity of a Hardie Fellowship.
Masters student at Teachers College, Columbia University
(on leave from Department of Education, Tasmania)