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Thursday, June 23 • 13:45 - 14:45
CON07.10a - Designing for Dynamics: An Examination of a Multi-Institutional, Online Music Course

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Online learning has become ubiquitous across the higher education landscape (Johnson & Aragon, 2003). This online reality serves as a call to action for empirical research on e-learning initiatives aimed at empowering learners through emergent, responsive curricula. Preliminary results from a study conducted in the winter term of 2016 offer a qualitative examination of the experiences of faculty, students, and instructional designers involved in a first of its kind online music education course. This online course was created through a collaborative effort between two Ontario Faculties of Education. Through a systematic examination of the processes involved from conception to completion of one online course, the research findings hold potential relevance for online instructors, students, and instructional designers interested in: (a) empowering learners through the co-creation of curriculum and, (b) effectuating curricular change through improvisational pedagogy in a virtual milieu.

Data collection involved individual interviews with the students, instructor, and instructional designers to characterize the teaching and learning experience. Course artifacts of student work and responses from a survey were gathered to contribute triangulated results. Looking beyond traditional paradigms, this study investigates the nature and quality of the processes involved in creating space for emergence in online teaching and learning (Johnson et al., 2003).

By the end of this session, I would like learners to be able to: (1) identify innovative pedagogical components from the featured case study research; and, (2) critically reflect on their own online learning experiences and the ways, if any, in which they were emergent and responsive.


Meagan Troop

Dr. Meagan Troop is an Online Learning Consultant at the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo and an adjunct instructor at Laurier’s Faculty of Education. She plays a collaborative role in designing and supporting curricular development for undergraduate and... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 13:45 - 14:45 EDT
UCC 65

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