Happy New Year readers and welcome back to school for your second semester; I hope everything is going well for you all! Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at the second of our two faculties at the downtown location: the Faculty of Education (FED).
The Faculty of Education offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology, with two specializations: Adult Education and Digital Technology and Early Childhood Studies. FED also offers the only diploma program at our university, Designing Adult Education for the Digital Age to meet professional need. Bachelor of Education degrees are also offered by FED through the UOIT Connected program and the Consecutive Bachelor of Education.
Something the Faculty of Education does very well is experiential learning. All of the Bachelor of Education students have a built-in placement component in their programs. These students will spend a minimum of 80 days in a classroom setting working with students and being mentored by real, experienced teachers.This is such a valuable opportunity for these students to acquire a taste for the profession and to get to spend time in the exact setting they will be working in after they graduate.
Something that the Faculty of Education is in the unique position to do is to incorporate technology in learning at an earlier level. Our university obviously encourages the use of technology in learning in our technology enriched learning environment, but FED gets to implement learning into their own classrooms and then go out and teach it to the younger generation.
The Digital Literacies Research and Development Lab is located in the Faculty of Education's building at the downtown location.The lab focuses on community outreach and teaching for social justice. They are interested in how digital media enables users for all kinds of different interactions.
The Educational Informatics Lab (EIlab) is a collaberative lab including researchers across multiple faculties at the university. Simply put, they recognize the impact of rapidly growing digital technology on the representation, dissemination and generation of information and the concept of knowledge, and how this is changing. There are a series of projects currently ongoing in the EIlab, with a common theme of developing research initiatives in computer-mediated communications, e-learning and m-learning.
I have one extraordinary student to tell you about today, readers!
Jennifer Casa-Todd is doing her Master of Education here at the university with a focus on social media in education and digital leadership. She is also a teacher-librarian in Aurora! Jennifer has written and published a book titled "Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership" which you can check out on Amazon. The book focuses on how kids learn from social media and how they are using it positively, so we need to embrace this culturally and facilitate this. Jennifer is featured in quite a few publications and interviews for her book such as the Canadian Schools Library Magazine. It is so great to hear about one of our students huge accomplishments like this, excellent work Jennifer!
That's all for now for the Faculty of Education. Let me know in the comments if there is anything else about the faculty that you think should be mentioned!