Improving Understanding About the Use and Impacts of Technologies in Education
Technologies play an increasingly central role in all areas of our lives. At the same time, their influence on the development of societies worldwide has also increased, and there is growing need for new generations to master technologies in order to achieve social and academic success.
It appears inevitable that knowing how to self-educate, learn, and communicate using a range of technologies will be required skills for adapting to an ever-changing society, and for becoming a full participant in society.
Dr. Thierry Karsenti, Canada Research Chair on Technologies in Education, will address this compelling social issue by improving understanding about the use and impacts of technology in education, from the standpoints of both learners and teachers. Since technologies also make education more polymorphic, he believes it is especially important to study a variety of educational settings in which technologies are used, particularly in cases where distance learning is combined with more traditional teaching practices.
Karsenti’s chair program will address the following five research areas:
1. technologies and teaching: training, insertion, intervention and professional development;
2. technologies and skills development: uses and impacts for learners;
3. emerging technologies and innovations: current and future issues for education;
4. technologies, distance learning and mobile learning at universities; and
5. technologies and research methods in the social sciences.