Educational Technologies Sandbox – Supporting Faculty through Technology
Education relies on more than just paper and textbooks. Technological advances in education have allowed students from all over the world to receive quality online learning from the comfort of their homes, offices or while on the move. More and more institutions are using technology to enhance course offerings and improve teaching practices.
The Educational Technologies Sandbox is an online environment that allows select member institutions the opportunity to explore and test new tools that support technology-enabled teaching and learning. Currently it contains three eCampusOntario initiatives that are working to bring further innovation to Ontario institutions.
These opportunities are:
Virtual Reality Labs
EdTech Sandbox: Risk-free testing of new technologies
Each one of these projects was designed to provide a solution to a current online learning problem. The Virtual Reality Labs project was created to provide STEM programs with VR learning opportunities, while Open Badges was developed to help students receive recognition for soft skills gained during experiential and extracurricular activities. Experiential learning opportunities aim to effectively solve the issue of graduates “needing experience to gain experience.”