Professional Development Award

The Agora: An open faculty development program in student centred and mobile learning

Justice Institute of British Columbia and Universidad de Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico)

The UdG Agora is a project site for the University of Guadalajara (UdG) Student Centred and Mobile Learning Diploma co-planned with the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  The goal of this faculty development program is for UdG professors to confidently integrate student centred and mobile learning strategies and activities in their courses.

Through the use of practical examples, challenges and experiential learning, the program will provide learners with the tools they need to meaningfully plan, design, implement and share student centred and mobile learning in their courses.  Learners will collaborate, share, and contribute openly to a community of practice that fosters the enrichment of student centred learning experiences with the use of mobile learning technologies (iPads).

The program adopts the Agora as a metaphor for an open, collaborative, community space where learning happens through interaction and engagement with others.  The Agora for this program are both face-to-face (f2f) and online spaces.

Over 400 UDG professors participated in the Agora in 2015 and 2016 using 19 hands on studio activities all openly shared. Results have been shared in 190 openly published final project reports in Comparte.

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