teacher education and technology
Centre for Educational Technology
Education Central is the "hub" of the Faculty of Education. It provides information, IT resources and support, as well as, space for students, staff and faculty to learn, share ideas and collaborate. At the same time, this space is insufficient to meet these teaching and learning needs. The equipment in the IT lab is outdated, and faculty members are unable to bridge new technologies into educational practice because of the limitations of the physical space.
The Centre for Educational Technology will transform the existing space into innovative learning spaces that support research, teaching and learning for the 21st century. It will house a "sandbox" of the latest technologies to demonstrate and showcase their applications to education. Furnishings will be chosen for maximum flexibility, enabling faculty to experiment with classroom configuration and technical integration. This facility would also be used for research to better understand and investigate how technology can be harnessed to improve learning outcomes. The initiative would position Simon Fraser University and the Faculty of Education as the leader in educational technology research and lifelong learning.