Enhancing Teacher Candidates’ Digital Competencies

Title Enhancing Teacher Candidates’ Digital Competencies
Faculty/College/Unit Education
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Natasha Boskic
Year 1: Funded Amount 84,315
Year 1: Team Members

Elizabeth Jordan, Senior Instructor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Kedrick James, Senior Instructor, Language and Literacy Department
Marina Milner-Bolotin, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education (TEO)
Mark Edwards, Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Community Engagement
Yvonne Dawydiak, Adjunct Teaching Professor of Personalized Learning and Technology
Jo-Anne Naslund, Instructional Programs Librarian, UBC Library

Project Summary

The purpose of this project is to create an integrated and sustainable way to support teacher candidates and faculty members in selecting, evaluating, and implementing digital media technologies in their practice. This will be accomplished by a mentoring system accompanied with pedagogical scaffolding that provides comprehensive online resources.

It aims to redesign the assignments and student engagement to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to “demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations” (ISTE Standards, 2008).

The focus will be on digital media and tools that support the following activities in:
1) LLED360, Classroom Discourses and Teaching English Language Learners – language acquisition;
2) EDCP357, Secondary Physics Methods course – student classroom engagement and simulations, and
3) EPSE317, Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom – communication with students with exceptionalities 600 students in the Teacher Education program take at least one of these three courses.