As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into the new school year, Canadians are thinking hard about inequities students and their families face in access to and familiarity with computers, high-speed Internet access, and related digital technologies. They are considering what it means now, as children are heading back to school and wondering about lasting impact and opportunities when the pandemic is over. What will our schools of the future look like?
- What are the best ways to strengthen student engagement and educational innovation with and without digital technology?
- What we can do about the deep digital divide that is amplifying existing inequities in Canadian education?
- How can we explore the unique innovative potential of digital technologies in schools while developing clear strategies to deal with the proven risks for students of digital addiction and excess screen-time?
- What new opportunities do we now have for reshaping teaching, learning, and testing to make schools more engaging and innovative?
Responding to these kinds of questions emerging from the pandemic, the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education is launching a new research and development initiative: CHENINE, or Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education: A Canadian Collaboratory. CHENINE is led by Dr. Andy Hargreaves: distinguished international writer, researcher and government advisor on teaching, leadership and educational change. Hargreaves is joined by a strong team of professors from the Faculty comprising Amal Boultif, Megan Cotnam-Kappel, Phyllis Dalley, Michelle Schira Hagerman, Joel Westheimer and Jessica Whitley.
The new CHENINE team has already made numerous prominent contributions to COVID-19 education discussions on CBC radio and CBC, CTV, Global, and Rogers television, as well as in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and The London Times.
According to Hargreaves “the case and conditions for creating universal, equitable and inclusive access to technologically enhanced learning, engagement and innovation for all students, everywhere, as a basic human right, could not possibly be stronger than it is now.”
Contact : Andy Hargreaves, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa