ETEC 532: Technology in the Arts and Humanities Classroom

ETEC 532: Technology in the Arts and Humanities Classroom (elective course)


This course helps students understand the role of the arts in technology by:

  1. reviewing the development of various technologies and their impact on development in the Arts, and
  2. examining socio-cultural considerations and their impact on the uses of technologies, aesthetics, pedagogy and curriculum in New Media contexts.


In this course, you will work alone and in small groups and have opportunities to:

  • Identify and investigate through digital learning environments how conceptions and contexts of the arts and humanities are being maintained and transformed in contemporary societies. Explore the connections between pedagogy, curriculum and technology in multiple settings.
  • Examine and reflect on particular educational aspects of technology in your own personal and social contexts in light of course readings and discussions.
  • Identify teaching and learning strategies for using technology in K-12 schools and adult education.
  • Examine how the semiotic and social meanings of the arts and humanities have been and continue to be re-interpreted.


This course is organized into 13 weekly tasks to be completed over the duration of this thirteen week course of study.</br>

Week One: Getting Acquainted and Introduction to ETEC 532 On-Line Learning</br>

Week Two: Using Video and YouTube: Making (viewing) connections</br>

Week Three: Building on-line communities: Learning through visual representations</br>

Week Four: Culture, identity, representation and the net-generation</br>

Week Five: Polymodel / Interdisciplinarity, and Critical Pedagogies</br>

Week Six: Objects of Learning: On-line games, Materials for Education</br>

Week Seven: Contemplation and possibilities</br>

Week Eight: Vignettes: Teaching and learning using educational technologies</br>

Week Nine: Collaborative Inquiry Project (Your CIP): Preparation of Annotation and Literature/media content Review </br>

Week Ten: A(n) (Ecological) Perspective to Integrating Technology into Educational Contexts</br>

Week Eleven: CIP work</br>

Week Twelve: CIP work: Sharing our inquiries</br>

Week Thirteen: CIP Presentations; Reflections, multi-literacies in a digital world</br>


1. Participation (60 marks)
30 Marks designated by the instructor and 30 Marks self-assessment.

As course participation, on a weekly and modular basis, is crucial to learning and the successful cohesion of the course, On-line Discussion Forums and group participation are graded accordingly.

A. Course Readings, Discussion, and Writing
Course Reading. You are expected to read the weekly assigned readings resources on the website, and participate in class discussions in the communication spaces. All readings are found on-line at the UBC Library, accessed through the students’ CWL account.
B. Analysis and Peer Edit of (2) Vignettes (Pass/Fail)
This task has two parts: one completed in Week 4 and the other in Week 8. Working individually, you will respond to the questions listed in Weeks 4 & 8. As you respond to the questions, you will prepare a 500 word analysis of the vignette, which you will share with a member of the class for a peer editing exercise.

2. Creative Inquiry Project (CIP): (40 marks)

The Creative Inquiry Project is collaborative and the culminating assignment for the course. For this assignment, you and your group will critically examine the use of technology in your own setting. It is divided into the following five areas:

  • Statement of the topic
  • Research Outline
  • Articles Annotation and Critique / Literature Review
  • Collaborative Inquiry into self selected research area
  • Collaborative Peer Review.