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Learning Technologies Selection: Design and Application


Final Grade: A+

Class Average: 88%

Extemporaneous Comments

Although most of the discussion forums in the MET courses were text-based, many of my contributions were made in video or audio format, as presented below in the audio player.  Please note that these comments are mainly unscripted because they are intended only to reflect on memorable aspects of the courses that had the longest lasting impact and influence on my educational philosophy and professional development.

ETEC565A: Learning Technologies: Selection, Design and Application

ETEC 565A is an online seminar that provides several theoretical frameworks to assist educators in evaluating, selecting and using various learning technologies. Students will gain hands-on experience using a range of learning technologies and platforms: web-publication, course management systems, communication tools, community and collaboration tools, multimedia, and social software tools. Students will complete a number of small assignments using different learning technologies as well as a larger project in which they bring several of these technologies together to design materials and activities to support student learning.


  • Module 1 – Selecting and Using Learning Technologies: Theoretical Frameworks
  • Module 2 – Presentation Tools: Spaces, Places and Platforms for Learning
  • Module 3 – Interaction and Assessment Tools
  • Module – Web 2.0 – Social Software Tools
  • Module 5 – Multimedia


  • Participation in online discussion forum: 15%
  • Critical Frameworks and Learning Technologies: 10%
  • Module Projects: Hands-on Assignments/Reflections (3): 45%
  • Final Integrative Project/Reflection: 30%


  • Students will discuss the characteristics of their classrooms, their instructional strategies, and the technologies that support teaching and learning.
  • Participants will explore a set of theoretical frameworks for analyzing learning technologies and apply those frameworks to help them select technologies appropriate to their context.
  • Participants will develop skills in the use of learning technologies:
  • Web-publication: html editing skills, CSS, website design
  • Course management systems: WebCT, Moodle
  • Communication Tools: synchronous and asynchronous
  • environments, audio/videoconferencing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Social Media Tools: Wikis, Weblogs, and Social Bookmarking
  • Participants will explore and analyze a wide range of formal and informal learning environments, including e-learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, instructional software, and social media.
  • Participants will develop skills in the design of educational media, and the integration of design thinking with scholarship in education.


Natasha Boskic, Ph.D.

Natasha Boskic helps instructors design, develop and deliver online courses, both undergraduate and graduate-level. Natasha gives one-on-one tutorials and workshops on WebCT and instructional design to new instructors, as well as to the larger UBC community. She has been involved in different projects, exploring international collaboration, online learning communities, ePortfolio implementation, accessibility issues, Aboriginal education, and other areas.


Natasha Boskic | UBC Master of Educational Technology (MET). (n.d.). Retrieved May 3, 2015, from

ETEC565A e-Portfolio

Course: ETEC 565A - Learning Technologies Selection: Design and Application


The ETEC565A e-Portfolio

Because I had already been using WordPress for over a year, I was fortunate to be able to focus on my writing for this site. The expectations for the structure and content of this long-term assignment were clearly laid out and the standards were high. Each of the writing assignments for this e-Portfolio was progressively more challenging than its predecessor – with the final big challenge being the Synthesis page at the end of the semester.

Although I didn’t enjoy the restrictions that come with using the UBC blog space (because I have some favourite WordPress plugins that I would have loved to install), I did appreciate the fact that I was learning some critical thinking and academic blogging skills. Surprisingly, I still haven’t found a decent plugin that reliably does APA formatting for references.

Update 08-15-15: The last sentence was struck out because the references for this ePortfolio are being managed by ZotPress, a plugin that works with Zotero, the reference management tool that eliminates the need to waste time on figuring out  how to reference something and provides researchers with more time to research and write.

Tap or click here to check out the references for the above artifact and reflection.


Moodle Multimedia Writing Course

Course: ETEC 565A - Learning Technologies Selection: Design and Application


My Moodle Muddle

This major assignment was a key factor in my Moodle metamorphosis.

Until being required to design a Moodle site, my past dealings with the Learning Management System (LMS) software had always been unfruitful and unsavory. Like Charlie Brown repeatedly trying to kick the football, I had repeatedly attempted to learn how to use this open-source sore spot–but had failed every time. However, for this class, it was necessary to overcome all the negativity of the past by opening my mind, setting aside time, and making a real effort to learn why so many educators are still using Moodle today.  As mentioned in the video below, I discovered that there are many affordances available in Moodle that are not provided in other LMS platforms such as my (formerly) beloved Canvas LMS from Instructure.

The video tour introduces a few of those affordances and, at the end, gives the viewer clear instructions on how one can access the Moodle course, itself, should a closer look be warranted. Because I want to continue learning more about the marvelous Moodle–and possibly start using it in my teaching practice–I moved it off the UBC system and into my own domain:, and, as soon as I am completely finished the MET Program, I plan to spend more time with Moodle.

Tap or click here to check the references for the above artifact and reflection.


Digital Story about Memes and Internet Memes

Course: ETEC 565A - Learning Technologies Selection: Design and Application


The Digital Story Assignment: Lessons Learned in and Beyond ETEC565A

The rather long title is necessary because there are a couple of very long stories behind the digital story, as briefly highlighted in the audio reflection:


Reflection #1: Here is the original reflection about the near destruction of "My Meme Story," as embedded from my UBC blog:
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Reflection #2: This is a detailed description of how a fraudulent "artist" filed a false copyright claim on YouTube.
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Tap or click here to check out the references for "My Meme Story."


Real Life Examples of Linking Theory to Practice:

The following blurbs will connect you to current examples of linking theory to practice.

More About Gary

additional information about Gary’s background & current practice

Reflections on HYU Practice

ongoing initiatives to support learners and faculty at Hanyang University

Overview of Current Sites

e-learning spaces that Gary currently uses in professional practice

Links to Old Spaces

discontinued spaces that trace Gary’s online footprint back to 2001

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