Educational Technology Mentorship

When well used and shared, the value of edtech is priceless.

Project: Educational Technology Mentorship

The following summaries, artifacts, and reflections document some mentorship roles.

The blue toggle contains a summary that traces several of the roles and projects I have undertaken while serving the HYU community and doing all that I can to help both students and colleagues to benefit from the use of educational technology. 

SUMMARY OF PROJECTS, WORKSHOPS, TALKS, AND SERVICES GIVEN IN KOREA (tap/click to open)

May 2016 to May 2017

Chair, Hanyang English Film Festival organizing committee – invited to continue in this role for the next festival in 2017

Planning has already begun, as described on the Film Festival Project page.

May 2015 to May 2016

Chair, Hanyang English Film Festival organizing committee – responsible for delegating and coordinating responsibilities in a group of 20 volunteers on behalf of our department (of approximately 30 teachers and staff members) and the undergraduates of Hanyang University (approximately 24,500 students).

A detailed description of the most significant accomplishments for this project is posted on the Film Festival Project page

May  2014 to March 2015

Founder and co-leader, Basic Academic English Online Course Design Team – founded the redesign team by reaching out to a colleague whose background and educational philosophy are very different from mine because I reasoned that, with mutual respect, professionalism, and compromise, we would be able to design a course that would have the broadest possible appeal to our very diverse faculty of instructors. I also expected that I could broaden my own perspectives and develop professionally by working closely with a respected colleague who doesn’t happen to think the same way as me. During the term of this project, we regarded each other as equal partners, actively engaged and solicited input from the other instructors in our department, and completed the project before deadline with an online course that exceeds the standards and expectations of our colleagues and department heads.  

Aside from choosing a great partner, perhaps the single most significant achievement in this project was my ability to negotiate the inclusion of more interactivity into the course. The E-learning  department that hired us had originally stipulated that there should be only one solitary professor appearing on camera and that he/she should deliver all the course content in the form of lectures and presentations. Because of my MET training at UBC, I knew this was the wrong approach and was able to skillfully negotiate an agreement for a different approach by building in and demonstrating increased interactivity in our pilot lesson.

January 2013 to August 2015

Graduate Student at the University of British Columbia – participated in numerous group projects for various major assignments. The frequent collaborations with colleagues from all over the world were excellent opportunities to learn about different worldviews and philosophical perspectives on education. Because I prefer the clearer transmission of subtle nuances and body language that video conferencing provides, it was especially rewarding when some other less experienced group members would agree to, for their first times ever, collaborate synchronously via Skype or Google+ Hangouts. Helping others to advance their technological skill sets is one of my greatest pleasures in professional life.

Some of the key roles are described (with artifacts and reflections) in the Competencies and Projects section of this site.

February 2012 to Now (continuing)

Workshop Facilitator and Technology Mentor at Hanyang University – gave presentations, talks, and facilitated several workshops for technology related PD activities

Year by Year Details:

2016

Bartanus, G. (2016). Report on the 2016 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Talk to the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, June 17, 2016.

Bartanus, G., Choi, S. (2016). Informational Presentation and Workshop for Students Participating in the 2016 Hanyang University English Film Festival. Departmental Talk/Workshop to undergraduate students of Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, April 5, 2016.

Bartanus, G., (2016). Presentation and Workshop on Plans for a Focus on Digital Literacy in the 2016 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Talk/Workshop to the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 25, 2016.

2015

Bartanus, G., Warren, J., (2015). Co-host (emcee) of 2015 Hanyang English Film Festival. Departmental Service for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, May 19, 2015.

Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2015). Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Workshop. Departmental Talk for instructors of the newly redesigned blended BAE course, College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 25, 2015.

Bartanus, G. (2015). Moderator for Live Broadcast of a Google Hangout on Mobile Collaboration. Professional Service to Open Educational Resource (OER), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, February 7, 2015.

2014

Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2014). Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Video Presentation and Workshop. Departmental Talk/Workshop for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, August 28, 2014.

Bartanus, G., Newton, M. (2014). Report on the Results of an Online Faculty Survey Regarding Expectations for the Blended Basic Academic English (BAE) Course Redesign Project. Departmental Talk for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, June 20, 2014.

2013

Bartanus, G. (2013). Professional Academic English (PAE) Presentation Contest Web Pages. Continuing Professional (web design) Service in Hanyang CEEC Professors website, October 11, 2013, to present.

Bartanus, G. (2013). Hanyang English Film Festival Web Pages. Continuing Professional (web design) Service in Hanyang CEEC Professors website, October 2, 2013, to present.

Bartanus, G. (2013). Report on English Writing with Multimedia, a blended course using constructivist principles. Departmental Talk for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, August 29, 2013.

2012

Bartanus, G. (2012). Workshop and Resource Website for Enhancing Students’ Learning Experiences with Free (or nearly free) Software. Departmental Talk/Service for the College English Education Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, April 14, 2012.

Bartanus, G. (2012). Using Google Drive with the Canvas Learning Management System to Support Colleagues and Students with Minimal Effort. Departmental Service for the Teaching with Technology Committee, Centre for Integrated General Education, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, February 5 to February 22, 2012.

Other Noteworthy Accomplishments

2007 to 2009

Educational consultant / trainer / presenter, Insight Media Centre (Territories: British Columbia, Ontario, and Eastern Canada) – Although it was necessary to frequently travel across the country for conferences and workshops while staying current with a wide array of constantly updating educational resources, I was able to manage time so I could also compose and email newsletters to the many clients who requested them. This project succeed mainly because of exceptional organizational and computer skills.

2006 to 2007

Publisher’s Representative, Saunders Book Company (Territory: British Columbia) – my territory was the entire province of British Columbia, including every school district. This, too, required frequent travel – sometimes to remote locations. Between trips, I correlated the expected learning outcomes of the BC curriculum with most of our current book titles, and successfully promoted the addition of more than 150 of them to the province’s Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC)

Mentoring in Korea

As documented in the above summary, I have facilitated numerous talks, workshops, presentations, and online projects since joining the HYU faculty in early 2010. Besides enhancing learning environments for students, helping fellow educators to use technology is my other passion. This is why my work as an educational technology mentor is included in both the Projects and Competencies sections of this site. 

SOFTWARE WORKSHOP & RESOURCE SITE
April 14, 2012

  • facilitated a software workshop for my department
  • demonstrated 3 free or nearly free applications
  • provided hands-on practice for all
  • developed a resource site for post-workshop follow up

Note: as of 2016, all 3 applications are still currently available, very affordable, and extremely useful. 

PRESENTATION CONTEST SITE AND VIDEOS
(created in October, 2013)

  • supports our department’s annual presentation contest
  • hosts videos of student presentations
  • provides registration information, deadlines, and rules
  • inspires aspiring presenters to consider future competitions
  • gives excellent teaching tools to interested teachers

FILM FESTIVAL SITE
(created in October, 2013)

  • supports our department’s annual English film festival
  • hosts videos of student films
  • provides registration information, deadlines, and rules
  • inspires students to develop 21st century literacies
  • provides film submission upload space
  • allows judges to watch the films in private, with little chance of being swayed by other judges

Teacher Orientation Video for the New Online BAE Course

As a follow-up to the workshops that the online course design team had conducted with our department, I produced this orientation video:

Example of Great Teamwork

The following video was made for a committee Chair who requested that I try to design an online rubric for our department’s annual English presentation contest.  The idea was to make it available for judges to use via their smartphones, tablets, or notebooks during the live contest.

The video demonstrates the rubric that I designed and it leaves it up to the committee members to decide whether or not to use it. It points out that, with the rubric built in a Google Sheet spreadsheet, it would significantly enhance the speed, simplicity, and reliability of calculating the scores (which is a tedious task when done manually). But the video also acknowledges that inputting the data without being able to make notes (except on paper) may be considered inaccurate and cumbersome – especially for judges who are not technologically inclined.

In the end, the committee decided against using the online rubric, thanked me for my efforts, and proceeded to produce the best presentation contest ever!  This is indeed very gratifying because, in the final analysis, it’s the students’ experience that matters most – not the technology.

Consulting, Training, and Mentoring in Canada

Interactive Workshops, Presentations, and Displays

Prior to moving into higher education, most of my work involved helping others (teachers, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc.) to become more aware of the tools available to them. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework was gaining widespread acceptance and the company I represented was a Canadian distributor of many UDL resources.

After numerous consultations at various conferences and symposiums, I created a website that was designed to provide a centralized resource centre and make it easier for educators and healthcare workers to learn about and assess potential resources that fit or complement the UDL framework. Using video demos & tutorials, plus reviews, and feedback from other knowledgeable users, this site provided practical information that people needed to know when considering these resources. An archived version can be accessed through this link: oldspaces/udlresources.com.

Below are some of the video tutorials that were produced in 2007/8, when the equipment consisted of a Dell home laptop, an aging and oversized Sony DCRTRV27 camcorder, a cheap tripod, unknown external microphone, Pinnacle Studio video editing software, desk lamp, and PowerPoint 2003. Despite those deficiencies, the site and videos were effective and I soon became very busy with presentations and workshops that took me as far east as Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Summary

The following blue toggle contains a sampling of major conferences and conventions where, as a consultant/trainer, I delivered presentations, facilitated workshops, and provided support/training on various UDL technologies before moving overseas and transitioning into higher education.

SUMMARY OF INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS, AND TRAINING INITIATIVES CONDUCTED IN CANADA

Reflection

It is ironic that in Canada, before coming to Korea (and before earning my Master of Educational Technology degree from UBC), I was able to offer help and support to people on a much larger scale than has been possible here. The reasons for this are more about cultural and philosophical differences than they are about any changes in my professional practice or career goals.

More than any other possible reason, it is because of those cultural and philosophical differences that I have decided to permanently return to Canada. Especially with the new knowledge and competencies afforded by UBC’s excellent MET training, it is vital that I return to a positive environment in which I can get back to fully attaining all of my career goals by once again collaborating on a progressive team of motivated, student-centered, and innovative professionals who enthusiastically share my altruistic approach to using technology for better engaging students and providing them with positively transformative learning experiences.