The EILAB at the Faculty of Education, UOIT, Canada, is a superbly equipped digital facility supporting the real-time observation of human-computer interaction. It also serves as a hub for researchers, projects and collaborations from around the world. The EILAB established UOIT’s first research partnership in Ukraine, facilitating a Ukrainian online-learning pilot course and UOIT thesis study. The EILAB is member of the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI), Canada’s first research hub focused on digital inclusion. Under the general IDI group, the EILAB is also a member of the AEGIS project, funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Government of Ontario. Current project areas include: 1) conceptualizing and surveying digital abilities of students and teachers for technology-enhanced learning, and 2) exploring community and socio-cultural dynamics of collaborative-constructivist online learning.
Surveying Technology Use in Ukraine for Online Learning
In 2015, UOIT, represented by Dr. Roland vanOostveen, and Kyiv National Economic University (KNEU), represented by Dr. Olena Mykhailenko, formalized an international partnership. Within this framework, a KNEU online pilot course (facilitated by the EILAB) and an associated EILAB research project launches in February 2016. In preparation, in 2015, an exploratory study was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine. It surveyed technology use and general digital competencies of students and teachers at KNEU using the General Technology Competency and Use (GTCU) framework and survey tool. The GTCU has established itself at UOIT as a robust and parsimonious framework for surveying the technology abilities of students and teachers in preparation for online learning. Today, the GTCU is increasing being used at universities around the globe.