Learning and Technology Policy Framework

Unattributed, Nov 06, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

From Karen Andrews, via email: "Today, Alberta released a new Learning and Technology Policy Framework that sets the direction for the meaningful use of technology for learning. The framework was co-created with all of our education partners (school authorities, teachers' associations, post-secondary/Universities, industry and government, etc.)." The framwork is quite an interesting document. Here are the major principles and policy directions:

  1. Student-Centred Learning: Technology is used to support student-centred, personalized, authentic learning with all students.
  2. Teachers... read, review, participate in, share and apply research and evidence-based practices to sustain and advance innovation in education.
  3. Teachers... develop, maintain and apply the knowledge, skills and attributes that enable them to use technology effectively, efficiently and innovatively in support of learning and teaching.
  4. Education leaders establish policy and governance structures, cultivate innovation and build capacity within the system to leverage technology in support of student-centred learning and system efficiencies.
  5. All students, teachers, administrators and other education professionals have access to appropriate devices, reliable infrastructure, high-speed networks and digital learning environments.

Obviously there are other policies that impact educational outcomes. But this seems to me to be a good policy with what at first reading appears to be a progressive and sensible approach toward learning technolgy.

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