MET Courses

MET Courses

From the UBC MET program website:


Core Courses

ETEC 500: Research Methodology in Education (core)

This research survey course provides students with an introduction to a wide range of research methods. Through interactive modules, students learn about and engage with different kinds of research strategies in an effort to understand how research impacts our lives and our educational pursuits.

ETEC 510: Design of Technology Supported Learning Environments (core)

Students in this course learn to 1) use different theories of learning to examine models of instructional design and 2) apply what they have learned to their own educational settings. This is a course that truly blends theory and practice as a way of illustrating an optimal learning environment. For more information, please see the full course description.

ETEC 511: Foundations of Educational Technology (core)

In this course, students study the meaning of technology and how different theoretical perspectives influence the meaning of technology. Through an analysis of technology in a globally connected world and case studies of education and technology, students learn how to analyze their own local contexts, issues and concerns.

ETEC 512: Applications of Learning Theories to Instruction (core)

In this course, students learn to recognize major learning theories and apply them to specific instructional situations in an effort to solve instructional design problems. Beginning with an investigation of personal learning strategies, students take what they have learned and apply it to their own settings.


Elective Courses

ETEC 520: Planning and Managing Learning Technologies in Higher Education

In this course, students develop strategies for planning and managing new technologies for teaching and learning at an institutional level of their choice, so that they are funded, organized, and supported in ways that meet the educational, organizational and financial context in which they will be used. Students will be able to use the Internet to access and analyze research and reports on the planning and management of new technologies.

ETEC 521: Indigeneity, Technology and Education

This is an important course for understanding issues related to globalization and indigeneity as these ideas relate to educational technology. Practical and theoretical issues, such as cultural property and the dilemma of place-based education, will be discussed in-depth.

ETEC 522: Venture in Learning Technology

Take ETEC 522 if you want to understand what it takes to launch a successful learning technologies venture. The course provides an online immersion in the global learning technologies marketplace with particular emphasis on emerging markets for learning technologies in public and commercial domains. ETEC 522 is delivered in a case-study modality from a venture and market analysis perspective.

ETEC 530: Constructivist Strategies for E-Learning

In this course, students learn about constructivist teaching strategies for online learning as well as face-to-face learning. Assignments are geared toward students incorporating constructivist principles into the development of learning materials for online use.

ETEC 531: Curriculum Issues in Cultural and Media Studies

New media technologies have intensified and transformed the way we communicate, the way we learn, and the way we teach. They have, we might say, transformed the student and transformed the teacher. But what is the nature of these changes? Cultural and new media studies are specifically oriented toward understanding the ways in which culture, nature and technology are converging to intensify and transform everyday life. This course provides a forum for exploring technocultural issues such as cyborgs and hybridity, digital property, cyberpunk fiction, the posthuman, AI and AEI, information warfare, virtual reality, third nature and religion.

ETEC 532: Technology in the Arts and Humanities Classroom

This course helps students understand the role of the arts in technology by 1) historically reviewing the development of various technologies and their impact on development in the Arts, and 2) examining socio-cultural considerations and their impact on the uses of technologies, aesthetics, pedagogy and curriculum in New Media contexts.

ETEC 533: Technology in the Mathematics and Science Classroom

This advanced graduate level course aims to address contemporary, international research on how people teach and learn mathematics and science with digital technologies. In this course, we will analyze video case studies, conduct field-based interviews, critique primary and secondary research papers in the field, examine historically substantive technology-enhanced science and math learning projects, and interact with dynamic information visualization tools, online networked communities, and multisensory immersive environments. Course activities and assignments will enable students to build upon and share informed and grounded positions on contemporary issues related to technology in the mathematics and science classroom and create pedagogical designs for math or science technology-enhanced learning experiences.

ETEC 540: Text Technologies – The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing

This course explores how technologies for writing have changed through the course of history and how such changes have affected writing styles and genres. To understand these changes personally, students experiment with writing and creating different styles, genres and media in the process of examining the rhetorical strategies promoted by different media. In doing so, students learn how writing facilitates or hampers access to knowledge and how the information explosion has modified human understandings of what it means to be educated. 

ETEC 565A: Special Course in Subject Matter Field: learning technologies – selection, design and application

This course 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.

ETEC 565G: Special Course in Subject Matter Field: Culture and Communication in Virtual Learning Environments

Online environments, and online learning environments, are not ‘culture-free zones’. Both the signs and the tools (Vygotsky and Luria, 1994) of virtual communications are culturally shaped, and diverse learners bring to online learning environments a wide range of culturally-mediated behavioural and communication patterns. Together, signs and tools allow individuals to process and interpret information, construct meaning and interact with the objects, people and situations they regularly encounter. When these elaborate mediating structures, finely honed to navigate a specific environment, encounter a different one, they can malfunction or break down completely.

ETEC 590: Graduating Project

This course is an elective in the MET program, designed for students who wish to meet the requirements of the Teacher Qualification Services in the Province of British Columbia for a ‘capstone research experience’ in their program. This is a requirement for BC teachers who wish to qualify for salary category six.