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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
September 25, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Course Redesign

An asteroid is scheduled to pass between earth and the satellites in orbit this December. What shall we do, in case it looks like it will hit us? (true facts, by the way). Real-life problem solving skills will form the basis of two redesigned courses in the B.Ed. program. In order to keep the curriculum up to date, several members of the faculty are engaged in incorporating the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking, and technology skills into problem-based, cross disciplinary courses. Professors Norma MacFarlane and Judy Halpern are rewriting the curricula of EU 411 Language and Literacy II and EU 415 Science and Technology Education for the Primary/Junior candidates, while Professors Doug Koegler and Les Asselstine are doing the same for EU 414 Social Studies Education I and EU 415 Science and Technology Education for the Junior/Intermediate candidates. Dean Willard-Holt and Associate Dean Buzza are facilitating the work using OneNote.The result will (hopefully) be two cutting-edge, team-taught courses which model what education of the future could look like. TECs will engage in problem-based learning while applying the techniques to create curriculum projects for young people. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting project.