Dr. Desjardins Presents at Ukraine Innovations Conference

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Ukraine 2015 Presentation of Dr. François Desjardins

Innovations in Business Education is an international, online conference organized and hosted by the Enterprise Strategy Department, Faculty of Economics, Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman. In this video, Dr. François Desjardins discusses innovating with digital technology in education, and the General Technology Competency and Use framework.

Profile of Dr. François Desjardins

Dr. François Desjardins was the Director of the Programme de Formation à l’Enseignement (french teacher education program) at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa, and more recently, Associate Dean at the Faculty of EducationUniversity of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Apart from almost two decades of experience teaching in a variety of computer-mediated-communication modes of distance education in Canada, he is also a guest professor in an international online distance Master’s program (MARDIF) based in France, and an occasional guest speaker at various institutions across North America and Europe.

With funding from SSHRC, CFI, ORF and other agencies, his research since the late 90’s,  has led him to develop an epistemological framework of General Technology Competency and Use (GTCU) and apply it to map learners’ and teachers’ technology competency profiles as they function in the digital world.  As this work continues he is also working on a variety of research projects in mobile-learning involving the use of mobile technology, open content and social networks for learning.  In addition, with a recurring interest in problem-based learning approaches applied to online distance education, Dr. Desjardins continues to explore the formal nature of PBL from a theoretical perspective.