Facilities and Infrastructure in Technology Studies
We maintain three labs for research and teaching, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation recently funded a fourth lab. The labs provide a hub for graduate research and teaching. The 1106 lab is primarily for undergraduate teaching, but it is increasingly used for graduate research and workshops. For example, in summer 2008, a gaming and robotics camp was offered within the context of the How We Learn research project.
Integrating Technologies Through Educational Cultures Lab (Funded by: Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2007-)
The itec lab accommodates research into the development of teacher candidate perspectives and practices regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) within the two-year elementary program at the British Columbia and during their first year of induction into the teaching profession. For more information: http://l3.cust.educ.ubc.ca/wordpress/itec/
Learning Sciences and Technologies Research Lab (Scarfe 1221) (Funded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation and BC Knowledge Development Fund, 2008-)
The LSTRL is for studying how attributes of new technologies and new modes of engagement affect learning. The interaction of these two primary variables is fundamental to the learning sciences but is poorly understood, and experimental research is urgently needed to help educators and managers take advantage of the technologies. For more information: http://blogs.ubc.ca/howwelearn
Linux / Design & Technology / Robotics Lab (Scarfe 1106)
In January-March 2000, the room was transformed into a Design and Technology Classroom and Lab. In 2005, a networked Linux system was installed as a teaching lab, and the infrastructure also facilitates robotics and applied science activities for teacher education, graduate education, and research.
New Media Research Lab (Scarfe 1224) (Funded by: Social Science and Humanities Research Council, 2005-)
The New Media Research Lab (NMRL) accommodates the How We Learn (Technology Across the Lifespan) and Encountering Technology and Emotion(s) funded research projects. The NMRL provides office and media engagement space for faculty and graduate students focusing on new media. The lab is equipped with hubs for gaming and media production, including the design and testing of chatbots.
Virtual Spaces and Infrastructure
Technology Studies faculty and students also specialize in designing and maintaining Virtual Spaces and Infrastructure to complement the physical labs. The design and maintenance of virtual infrastructure is labor-intensive and expertise-dependent. Examples of virtual infrastructure includes:
Technology Studies blog
Digital Learning & Curriculum portal and virtual spaces
Engaging Global Citizenship through Collective Action and the Integration of ICT portal
ETEC 511 & 531 + EDCP 481 & 571 blog
ETEC 531 Cultural and New Media Studies Vista e-Learning space
ETEC 511 Foundations of Educational Technology Vista e-Learning space
ETEC 562 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories Vista e-Learning space
Technology Studies Undergraduate Program website
http://cust.educ.ubc.ca/programs/tsed/ (no longer maintained)