ETEC 522: Ventures in Learning Technology

Description

This course is about the digital frontiers of learning, and the skills required to be a successful pioneer.

New technologies are being plugged into education at an overwhelming rate. Why are some successful and others not? How can you stay ahead of change, and confidently lead the change you’re passionate about? This course is an immersion in the global learning technologies marketplace with particular emphasis on the creation and launch of original “ventures” (any startup, nonprofit, institutional, or in-school project that strives to achieve something new and valuable in education).

Don’t worry, this is not a ‘business’ course. We will dive into the latest emerging technologies, and all kinds of ventures arising from them, to build a critical framework for understanding opportunity development, not management process. If you have lots of business experience, or none, you’re in the right place if you’re excited by the future of learning.

ETEC 522’s instructor is David Vogt, who is a serial entrepreneur and innovation leader. The course was conceived because not enough education professionals believe they can venture – they tend to leave this to engineers and MBAs – which is one reason why so many learning technologies ventures fail. However, even if you’re not inspired to be an entrepreneur or change maker, take this course if you want to understand the forces, processes and people that make change, simply to have it work in your favour.

Learning Objectives

ETEC 522 aims to provide you a working knowledge of the institutional and market design principles and processes which impact the success of learning technology ventures. We intend to help you acquire the understanding and skills to undertake critical evaluations of ventures, and to be able to apply this learning to the design and successful launch of new ventures. Your success in this course will require sound research, independent thought, creative synthesis, teamwork and focus. Not surprisingly, these are also core requirements for success in any venture.

Activities

ETEC 522 deliberately explores and experiments with emerging technologies, so it occurs in an open WordPress blog rather than the civilized confines of the UBC Canvas LMS.

The course employs role playing (you will act as professional analysts and entrepreneurs); participatory scholarship (you are co-researchers, not students); collective curation (everyone actively authors, reviews, rates and recommends content); regenerative curriculum (every cohort self-selects and authors their own curriculum, building upon the work of previous cohorts); and open publishing (your work will be published live to the web).

ETEC 522 begins with a Boot Camp (a 4-week immersion in the fundamentals of global markets, entrepreneurship and successful ventures), followed by an Opportunity Fair (an 8-week team-driven exploration of the educational merits of emerging technologies) and ends with a week-long Venture Forum (students ‘pitch’ an original venture of their own design).

Readings & Resources

All of the research and analysis of previous cohorts is immediately available, along with leading market research works, pertinent academic literature, and an ever-fresh ‘pitch pool’ of venture pitches created by real-world change-makers, including past students. You may wade into the ETEC 522 content stream here. No additional textbooks are required.

Assignments & Assessment

The course is assessed on four facets of participation:

  • an individually-published Emerging Market Analysis (25%)
  • an individually-published Venture Pitch (25%)
  • a team-published Opportunity Forecast (25%)
  • and a Participation Portfolio (25%) summarizing other contributions to the course.

Your major works will be professional in context, not academic – they will be authored to serve an open, global audience of education professionals like yourself. You will be able to distinguish yourself via creativity, critical thought, design and presentation.


Minor course topic, activity, reading/resource and assignment details may change from year to year.