Infusing Technologies into Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Education

TitleInfusing Technologies into Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Education
Duration2 Year
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2003/2004
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorRobert J. Tierney
Year 1: Funded Amount150,000
Year 1: Team Members

Robert J. Tierney, Dean, Faculty of Education

Year 1: Summary

Objective: The goal remains is for every teacher education (TE) and graduate student involved in a technology pilot to learn to teach with digital and new media to enhance development of their professional practice, to attain a measurable increase in their skills, and to apply what they have learned when on practicum placement.

Detailed Objectives:


  • To ensure that every teacher education (TE) and graduate student involved in a technology pilot works with digital and new media to enhance the development of their professional practice and attains a measurable increase in skills, to be measured by a pre-test (self-identify skill level or task performance) and complementary post-test.
  • To afford opportunities for students to provide technology support, mentoring, instruction and professional development to other students and sessional faculty particularly in their own cohorts.
  • To expand the number of pilots each year, with the goal of engaging 400 TE students and 200 graduate students in 2002-03, and 600 TE and 400 graduate students in 2003-04.

Sessional Faculty:

  • To deliver multiple sessions of professional development (PD) in TLTs to 80 percent of our sessional faculty including graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) by the end of December, 2003.
  • To provide 1 on 1 sessions of professional development to all sessional instructors who provide a significant amount of instruction (>1/2 time) in the Teacher Education program.


  • To provide PD support to faculty via private tutorials during 2002-03, such that 60 percent of faculty are engaged in a session at least once during 2002-03. Professional development will be provided by a team of graduate students and coordinated by faculty.

Rationale: The UBC Faculty of Education prepares most of B.C.'s teachers. With large numbers of teachers expected to retire within the next few years, our graduates will play a more significant role than ever in preparing B.C.'s students to take their place in an information-and technology-driven economy.

Research shows that there are many positive benefits to integrating TLTs into teacher education including increased motivation, a more student-centred practice and better outcomes for students. Moreover, the Ministry of Education recommends that information and technology skills be part of teacher preparation. Several of our partner school districts are moving ahead with plans for purchasing laptop computers for students; it is essential that the teachers we prepare know how to use these tools creatively and appropriately. Other school districts are struggling to make decisions about technology; our graduates, when hired, will be able to help them make appropriate, evidence-based decisions.

Among faculty and sessional faculty, there is currently an interest in, but lack of engagement with existing technology resources, and little exploration of the newest technologies. Offering additional PD has proven to be the most direct method of exposing them to the possibilities. By having expert graduate students deliver PD, we will allow the students to share and demonstrate their knowledge, as well as to model teaching and mentoring skills. As our faculty utilize TLTs, we are offering more distance courses online, particularly through our Office of Continuing Professional Development, opening up the Faculty to a new clientele of non-traditional learners.

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2004/2005
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorRobert J. Tierney
Year 2: Funded Amount100,000
Year 2: Team Members

Robert J. Tierney, Dean, Faculty of Education

Year 2: Summary

This year’s request builds on the accomplishment of, and the lessons from, the first two years of funding for the project: Infusing Technologies in the Faculty of Education. The main objectives for 2004/05 will be to:

  1. Increase the number of teacher education students participating in the use of technology to over 800.
  2. To increase teacher education students’ skill in using digital and new media technology to enhance teaching and learning.
  3. Expand the use of technology coaches to all teacher education cohort groups.
  4. Explore the use of document cameras and projectors in teaching and learning.
  5. Extent the provision of laptops and professional development workshops on their use to enhance teaching and learning to secondary program sessional instructors from this year’s focus on elementary program sessional instructors.