"Technology won't replace teachers, but teachers who use technology will probably replace teachers who don't"
– Ray Clifford, 1983

The pandemic has accelerated the shift to an online environment for healthcare teaching and learning. At the same time, there is mounting evidence that combining traditional, face to face (F2F) learning with online, technology enhanced learning, provides improved learning outcomes than either method alone. Now, more than ever, the need to develop a technology enhanced skillset is essential to delivering effective teaching.

Continuing Professional Development’s Teaching with Technology certificate program offers a 40 hour accredited program to help boost your digital skill set for teaching and learning. This program goes beyond the basics of education in an online environment, to effectively integrate online pedagogical design into successful teaching.

This program is fully online, allowing anywhere learning. However, it is also highly interactive, and learners will be expected to be present, engaged, and interactive with other learners throughout the sessions. As well, learners are expected to have a moderate proficiency with using technology. For example, we will not be teaching learners how to use specific software, but rather when to consider using them. As such, learners should feel comfortable accessing the internet for self-directed learning to upskill their use of certain software (such as video building software) and engaging in peer-to-peer feedback. As well, learners are expected to use multiple platforms during the course. This course will be delivered through google classroom, slack, and zoom. Due to its “hands on” nature, learners will also explore and use other tools as well (Flipgrid, Twitter, Website builders, Video and Infographic creation tools as an example). Learners will not be expected to know all these software at the start of the course, but should feel comfortable in exploring multiple tools throughout the course.

Target Audience

Healthcare Educators (Physicians, Clinicians, Nurses); Healthcare Administrators, Interprofessional Educators

Program Dates

The program will run from September 14, 2021 until April 26, 2022. Sessions will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (ET). (Note: September 14 session will be 5pm to 8pm (ET) ).

The session dates are as follows:

  • September 14, 21 & 28
  • October: 12, 19 & 26
  • November: 9, 16 & 30
  • December: 7 & 14
  • January: 11, 18 & 25
  • February: 8, 15 & 22
  • March: 8, 22 & 29
  • April: 12

The program will include both synchronous virtual in-class / group work / drop in sessions (during all or part of time above) as well as asynchronous (outside of class hours) homework between classes.

Note: This program will be held entirely online.

Goals & Objectives

Goals

Participants will develop a comfort level in:

  • using various software (WHAT buttons to click)
  • aligning use with pedagogical and instructional design principles (WHY to click)
  • and examining the advantages and disadvantages of different tech enhanced tools as well as issues such as professionalism, inclusivity and privacy (WHEN to click)

The class will be structured around constructivist approaches with significant interactivity, group work, feedback, and practical application.

Objectives

By the end of this certificate course, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comfort level using various teaching technologies within the course (eg. zoom, padlet, twitter, infographics, video, and website creation) and knowledge of other mediums and software.
  2. Analyze/evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different types of technology and appropriately select different modalities to meet specific learning objectives
  3. Debate issues such as online privacy, copyright, and instructional design principles
  4. Research and teach about a technology enhanced tool or concept (via Zoom)
  5. Apply and adapt educational frameworks and theories for online healthcare education

Teaching with Tech is an excellent course to learn about effective e-learning, using the latest up-to-date tools in digital education. The opportunity to learn from expert faculty and peers was amazing. This course is a MUST for anyone interested in deepening or expanding their digital learning knowledge as an educator. - Dr. Shirley Lee

Accreditation

Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows CPD to review and assess educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The American Medical Association, and The European Union for Medical Specialties (EUMS), CPD is permitted to assign respective credits.

I was interested in Teaching with Technology as it appeared the program would help to improve my virtual teaching skills. Despite a challenging start, under the guidance of Heather and Kat, I was able to upgrade my skill set and enhance my presentations. This is an excellent course. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a University of Toronto program and willing to work hard. - Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau

Is this program for me?

Is this program for me?

Requirements

  1. Access to high speed internet, webcam and headset (earbuds with a microphone will suffice).
  2. Commitment to group learning and providing/receiving peer feedback
  3. Willingness to download free software such as zoom and twitter to your devices
  4. Open to having content such as webinar recordings, tweets, and videos posted online

(If there are privacy, accessibility, or inclusivity concerns to any of the above, please contact us to discuss if alternative arrangements for your learning can be made based on an individual basis before signing up for the course)