Welcome to PME 832. I am very happy to be teaching this course. It is highly relevant to teachers at all levels. The connection referred to in the title of the course includes the connections from each of us to our students, from our students to their classmates, to their community, and perhaps most importantly to the knowledge and experiences they have in their daily lives. The connection also refers to the tools used to create such connections.

Course Format

There are five main modules and two 'bookend' modules in PME 832 – The Connected Classroom. 

  • Introduction Module: Welcome to PME 832
  • Module 1: What is a Connected Classroom?
  • Module 2: Pedagogical Approaches that Support Connected Classrooms
  • Module 3: Theory in Practice: Examining Case Studies
  • Module 4: Technological Tools for Connected Learning
  • Module 5: Technologically-Enhanced Learning Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher
  • Course Closure Module: Leadership in Professional Learning and Reflecting on PME 832

Independent Assignments 

  • Discussion board posts (6 X 6% each for 35%) 
    • Making Connections
    • My Connections
    • Top Two
    • Sharing Case Studies
    • Technological Tools
    • Technological Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher
  • Examining Theory in Practice—Case Studies (30%)
  • Leadership in Professional Learning—Designing a Technologically-Enhanced Connected Learning Experience (35%) 

Module

Topic

Duration

Assessment

Introduction

Week 1

January 8th -  14th

Welcome to PME 832

1 week

 

Discussion Board Post:

  • Making Connections

DUE: END OF WEEK 1 – Jan. 14th  

Module 1

Week 2

Jan 15th - 21st  

What is a Connected Classroom?

1 week 

Discussion Board Post:

  • My Connections

DUE: END OF WEEK 2 – Jan 21st  

Module 2

Week 3

Jan 22nd – 28th

Pedagogical Approaches that Support Connected Classrooms

1 week 

Discussion Board Post:

  • Top Two

DUE: END OF WEEK 3 – Jan 28th   

Module 3

Weeks 5 & 6

Jan 29th - Feb 11th   

Theory in Practice: Examining Case Studies

2 Weeks

Discussion Board Posts:

  • Sharing Case Studies

Mid-course formative assessment

  • Reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 6 – Feb 11th  

Module 4

Week 7

Feb 12th – 18th  

Technological Tools for Connected Learning

1 Week

Discussion Board Posts:

  • Technology Tools

DropBox Assignment:

  • Examining theory in practice – case studies

DUE: END OF WEEK 7 –  Feb 18th

Reading week – Week 8 – Feb 19th – Feb 25th

Read ahead or catch up. Late assignments may be considered if posted during reading week

Module 5

Week 9

Feb 26th – Mar 4th

Technologically-Enhanced Learning Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher

1 week 

 

Discussion Board Posts:

  • Technological Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher

DUE: END OF WEEK 9 – Mar 4th  

Course Closure

Weeks 10 & 11

Mar 5th – 18th  

Leadership in Professional Learning and Reflecting on PME 832

2 weeks

DropBox Assignment

  • Leadership in Professional Learning—Designing a Technologically-Enhanced Connected Learning Experience (35%)

Final Formative Assessment

  • Reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 11 – Mar 18th

Published in PME 832 - Winter 2018
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801 - Winter 2018 Syllabus

Overview

From the course documentation: This course will enable the student to understand the foundational principles of collaborative learning and to enact those principles in professional practice. This, in turn, will lead to the creation of a collaborative learning community within the context of the course where the knowledge and skills of professional inquiry will be explored and demonstrated.

Please note:

  • There is overlap in the timing of the modules and they are of varying lengths.
  • Module 4 is perhaps the most intensive as it requires group work, an extensive literature review and engagement with external communities (the name of the course is Collaborative Inquiry).
  • As you will note in the course Gantt chart (following the weekly syllabus), you should start thinking about potential group members and associated work in Module 2.
  • I urge you to review the entire course structure in order to be clear on the progression of ideas and content and to be able to make connections between the various elements of the course.
  • I am happy to negotiate deadlines and due dates as needed. However, please consider your classmates when doing so.

Module Structure

There are five (main) modules in GDPI/PME 801 - Collaborative Inquiry. Some of the modules overlap throughout the duration of the course. There are also un-numbered modules that mark the beginning (Course & Personal Introductions module), the middle (Mid-course Consultation module) and the end of the course (Course Closure module). The main modular structure is as follows:

  • Module 1: Collaborative Inquiry about Core Concepts
  • Module 2: Knowledge Building
  • Module 3: Develop and Share Artifacts
  • Module 4: Engage in Collaborative Design with Course Peers
  • Module 5: Connect with a Professional Community: Communicating about Collaborative Inquiry 

Evaluation

Feedback and reflection are integral to successful professional inquiry. Across the GDPI/PME courses, participants are provided with various ways to reflect on their progress (e.g. blogging, portfolio development) and to receive on-going feedback about the progress of their ideas, actions and concerns (e.g. group discussion, collaboration, written comments). The instructor, along with other participants in the course, will provide feedback as part of the day-to-day course functioning, however at two points in this course a formal interaction between the instructor and each participant will take place.

At roughly the mid-point of the course, participants will conduct a self-assessment. This process has 2 parts. First, participants will complete the Participant’s reflection section of the GDPI-PME Rubric of Professional Inquiry. In addition, participants will consider the 5 elements of inquiry represented on the rubric and construct a profile of the quality of their own learning to date. Once both sections are completed, participants will submit the rubric to the instructor via the Dropbox.

The instructor will then respond with his/her own assessment of the learning on both the rubric and through the Instructor’s Remarks. No grade is to be assigned as this mid-course use of the Rubric of Professional Inquiry is for formative purposes only. At the end of the course, again using the Rubric of Professional Inquiry and following the same pattern of interaction, a summative assessment will be completed by the instructor.

Syllabus 

Module

Duration

Activity/Assignment

Course & Personal Introductions

 Jan 8th – 14th

1 week

  • Discussion Board:
    • About this Course (only if you have questions)
  • Activity:
    • Collaborator Artifact
    • Discussion Board – Jan 14th
      • Share link to portfolio / artefact
      • About me as a Collaborator
  • Discussion Board: Jan 14th
    • Background

Module 1.

Collaborative Inquiry Core Concepts

Jan 15th – 28th

2 weeks

  • Discussion Board:
    • Collaborative Inquiry Core Concepts Jan 21st  
  • Discussion Board:
    • Case Study Jan 28th
  • Activity: Core concepts map (draft) - Jan 28th
    • Discussion Board:
      • Post concept maps

Module 2.

Knowledge Building

Jan 29th – Feb 11th

2 weeks

  • Activity:
    • Knowledge Forum Feb 11th
  • Activity:
    • Technologies Montage – video (draft)
    • Discussion Board:
      • Post your video Feb 11th
  • Discussion Board: Our Professional Communities
    • Consider potential group members for Module 4
    • Consider one potential professional community to join for Module 3 and 5 Feb 11th

Module 3.

Develop & Share Artifacts

Feb 5th – 18th

 2 weeks

  • Activity: Final Core Concepts Map
    • Submit to dropbox Feb 11th
  • Technologies Montage
    • Submit to dropbox Feb 18th
  • Activity: Professional Community Initial Proposal
  • Submit to Module 2 Discussion board: Our Professional Communities Feb 18th

Mid-Course Consultation - Submit to dropbox Feb 18th

Module 4.

Engage in Collaborative Design with Course Peers

Jan 15th – Mar 11th

Over several weeks

  • Activity: Solution Concept Written Proposal Mar 11th
    • *Note – this is a group activity and assignment
    • Discussion Board:
      • Post your proposal

Module 5.

Connect with a Professional Community: Communicating about Collaborative Inquiry

Feb 26th – Mar 18th

 
  • Activity: Connect with a professional community Mar 18th
    • Or, create digital foothold
    • Discussion board:
      • Submit evidence to “Our Professional Communities”

Course Closure

Reflections

March 12th - 18th

 
  • Activity: My Growth So Far artifact Mar 18th
    • Discussion Board:
      • Submit artefact

Final Course Consultation Submit to dropbox March 18th

 

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PME 851 - Syllabus - Fall 2017

GDPI/PME 851 - Culture, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Instructor: Dr. Paul Leslie

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queens University

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Assignments

Grade Item

Score

Discussions

0 / 50

 

Personal Profile

0 / 5.56

 

Conversations about Inquiry

0 / 5.56

 

Resources for Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity

0 / 5.56

 

The Role of Education

0 / 5.56

 

The Role of Technology

0 / 5.56

 

The Six C's

0 / 5.56

 

Pedagogical Preparation for International Teaching

0 / 5.56

 

My Classroom and Its Cultural Norms

0 / 5.56

 

Linguistically Diverse Teaching Contexts

0 / 5.56

Assignments

 

Culture and Context: Navigating Cultural Diversity

0 / 10

Identity as a Teacher

0 / 10

Final Assignment Infographic

0 / 30

Discussion Boards

Each student is required to complete assigned discussion posts every week as well as respond to the posts made by other classmates. There are 9 discussions in total that will add up to a score out of 50%.

Each module also includes questions that will prompt your thinking and reflection of your professional context in relation to that topic. You are not meant to post all the answers to these questions, but choosing a few could help you inform the topics you discuss in relation to the readings. 

Online participation (during entire course): We expect all students to participate actively in the online discussions on OnQ. By participating in a timely fashion in each module, students contribute to the collective learning of the class as well as their own individual learning. 

Participation can consist of: 

  • A compelling quote from the readings
  • A reaction to the content
  • Discussion questions raised by the text or videos
  • Sharing relevant research studies of interest
  • Providing examples of interesting classroom/teaching practices
  • Reflection on your own experiences related to cross-cultural learning/teaching
  • Contributing to the discussion of key issues that emerge from our shared work 
Assignments

There are three assignments that will add up to 50% of the total grade.

Formative Assessments

There are also two formative assessments in which you will reflect on your progress to date. These are not graded, but are mandatory assignments. They provide you an opportunity to speak frankly to the instructor about your thoughts and comments on the course, how the course is serving your needs, and your performance.

Course Syllabus

Course Overview: For a full overview of the Course Outline, see below. You will find an outline of the module names, topics, expected duration, learning activities, and assignment tasks.

There are five modules in GDPI/PME 851– Culture, Curriculum, and Pedagogy. The course is structured in blocks with reading weeks in-between to give some time to read the course materials. On reading weeks, no online posts to OnQ are required. 

Module

Topic

Duration

Assessment

Module 1

Week 1

Sept. 18th -24th

Introduction to PME 851 and our Community

1 week

 

Discussion Board posts:

  • Personal Profile 
  • Conversations About Inquiry

DUE: END OF WEEK 1 – Sept. 24th

Module 2

Week 2

Sept. 25th – Oct 1st

Culture and Curriculum in International Contexts

1 week 

Discussion Board Post:

  • Resources for Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity

Dropbox Assignment:

  • Culture and Context: Navigating Cultural Diversity

DUE: END OF WEEK 2 – Oct 1st

Reading week

Week 3 – Oct. 2 – 9th (Thanksgiving)

Read ahead or catch up. Late assignments may be considered if posted during reading week

Module 3

Week 4

Oct. 10th  - 15th

 

Curriculum and Teaching

 

1 week 

 

Discussion Board Post:

  • The Role of Education

Dropbox Assignment:

  • Identity As A Teacher 

Mid-course formative assessment

  • Reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 4 – Oct. 15th

Module 4

Weeks 5 & 6

Oct. 16th – 29th

Classroom and Community Connections

2 Weeks

Discussion Board Posts:

  • The Role of Technology
  • The 6 C's

DUE: END OF WEEK 6 – Oct. 29th

Reading Week

Week 7, Oct. 30th  – Nov. 5th

Read ahead or catch up. Late assignments may be considered if posted during reading week

Module 5

Week 8

Nov. 6th – 12th

Pedagogy

 

1 week 

 

Discussion Board Posts:

  • ·        Linguistically Diverse Teaching Contexts
  • ·        My Classroom and Its Cultural Norms

DUE: END OF WEEK 8 – Nov. 12th

Module 6

Weeks 9 – 10

Nov. 13th – 26th

 Course Closure

2 weeks

Final Discussion Board Post

  • ·        Professional Resources

DropBox Assignment

  • ·        Final Assignment PME 851
  • ·        Final course reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 10 – Nov. 26th

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PME 832 - Syllabus - Fall 2017

PME 832: The Connected Classroom

Instructor: Dr. Paul Leslie

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Queens University
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  • Course designed by Dr. Holly Ogden & Judy Wearing

Below you will find attached a PDF of this page plus a PDF of the entire course outline.

Assignments
Discussion board posts (6 X 6% each for 35%)

For each discussion board, please post your own comment and then respond meaningfully and respectfully to the post of two classmates. Discussion board posts should be between 350 and 500 words in length and connect to the required readings.  Responses do not have a required length but should be crafted to further learning in a meaningful and respectful manner.

  1. “Making Connections” Please share three statements, two truths and a lie about yourself. Read and respond to the post of EVERY member of the class, by guessing which is the lie.
  2. My Connections” Share your annotated concept map, showing as many meaningful and authentic connections as you can imagine for students in your current practice. Provide a description of the connections you’ve mapped, referencing some of the readings and/or the video.
  3. “Top Two”. Cite related research and scholarship to make strong connections between two pedagogical approaches and the Mind Map you posted in Module 1.
  4. “Sharing Case Studies” Share a brief description of the second Case Study that you examined and provide a link for your peers to find more information about the program. Then, describe what you found to be the most significant “take-away” from the two examples of connected learning you researched.
  5. “Technological Tools” Share a brief description of three examples of how educators effectively used the same technological tool. Rank them in order of effectiveness, and explain why you ranked them in the order you did. Also explain how you would use this tool in your own practice.
  6. “Technological Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher” Consider your current practice. What are your strengths and next steps as you strive to offer technology-enabled connected learning for your students? Make reference to at least one framework and connect your thinking to November’s ideas.
Examining Theory in Practice—Case Studies (30%)

In this assignment, you will examine two, present-day examples of Connected Learning. You will investigate two case studies (one from a provided list, and one that you have found on your own) using the guiding questions below.

  • What pedagogical approaches from Module 2 relate most closely with each case?
  • What important skills are the students developing in each case study that may not be as readily developed in a traditional classroom setting?
  • What are the biggest three challenges or barriers to providing this kind of connected learning opportunity for all learners?  What are possible solutions to overcome these challenges/barriers?
  • Can you think of one or more suggestions to increase connectedness or enhance student learning in each?

Share your analysis of both cases in a written document (1000 words - double spaced). Post this document in the Theory in Practice DROPBOX for your instructor to evaluate using a checklist.

Leadership in Professional Learning—Designing a Technologically-Enhanced Connected Learning Experience (35%)

This culminating task will help you to bring together your learning from all five modules in this course. For this final project, you will envision what connected learning could look like in your professional context. As a culminating task, you will individually design a connected classroom project that you could use with your students and present it to your peers. You may choose to present your design as a project or unit plan or in another format (e.g., powerpoint, prezi, youtube video, etc.) with the goal of inspiring others to foster and create connections in their own teaching and learning. 

A successful connected classroom project or program will include:

  • Strong and authentic connection
  • Rich learning that uncovers the curriculum
  • Ongoing learning– not a one-time thing
  • Theoretically-supported pedagogy, Technology-enhanced opportunities, Feasible design.

Along with your connected classroom program/project, please write a rationale ( 600 words MAXIMUM, double spaced) detailing:

  • How the program relates to pedagogical approaches (cite scholarly work);
  • How you decided which digital technologies to incorporate;
  • Who you could share this work with and how you might share it; and,
  • Why you chose this approach and how it shows professional growth from your previous teaching and/or planning.
Formative Assessments

There are also two formative assessments in which you will reflect on your progress to date. These are not graded, but are mandatory assignments. They provide you an opportunity to speak frankly to the instructor about your thoughts and comments on the course, how the course is serving your needs, and your performance.

 

Course Syllabus

Module

Topic

Duration

Assessment

Introduction

Week 1

Sept. 18th -24th

Welcome to PME 832

1 week

 

Discussion Board Post:

  • Making Connections

DUE: END OF WEEK 1 – Sept. 24th

Module 1

Week 2

Sept. 25th – Oct 1st

What is a Connected Classroom?

1 week 

Discussion Board Post:

  • My Connections

DUE: END OF WEEK 2 – Oct 1st  

Reading week

Week 3 – Oct. 2nd - 9th (Thanksgiving)

Read ahead or catch up. Late assignments may be considered if posted during reading week

Module 2

Week 4

Oct. 10th  - 15th   

 

Pedagogical Approaches that Support Connected Classrooms

 

1 week 

 

Discussion Board Post:

  • Top Two

Mid-course formative assessment

  • Reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 4 – Oct. 22nd  

Module 3

Weeks 5 & 6

Oct. 16th – 29th   

Theory in Practice: Examining Case Studies

2 Weeks

Discussion Board Posts:

  • Sharing Case Studies

DropBox Assignment:

  • Examining theory in practice – case studies

DUE: END OF WEEK 6 – Oct. 29th

Module 4

Week 7

Oct. 30th  – Nov 5th

Technological Tools for Connected Learning

1 Week

Discussion Board Posts:

  • Technology Tools

DUE: END OF WEEK 7 – Nov. 5th  

Module 5

Week 8

Nov. 6th – 12th

Technologically-Enhanced Learning Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher

1 week 

 

Discussion Board Posts:

  • ·        Technological Frameworks and the Role of the Teacher

DUE: END OF WEEK 8 – Nov. 12th

Reading Week

Week 9, Nov. 13th - 19th

Read ahead or catch up. Late assignments may be considered if posted during reading week.

Course Closure

Week 10

Nov. 20th – 26th

Leadership in Professional Learning and Reflecting on PME 832

1 week

DropBox Assignment

  • ·        Leadership in Professional Learning—Designing a Technologically-Enhanced Connected Learning Experience (35%)

Final Formative Assessment

  • ·        Reflection

DUE: END OF WEEK 10 – Nov. 26th

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