Now that you have selected the technology that you will integrate into your teaching and learning, it is good practice to assess its fit beyond your learner challenge definition, to include other factors around support requirements.

A helpful framework to guide this assessment is the SECTIONS model, developed by Tony Bates and shown here. It is one of many frameworks that can help you make effective decisions about the choice and use of technology (and media) for teaching and learning.

It is important to note that while the design thinking around technology integration is learner-focused, it is also important to ensure that the tool you’ve selected is a good fit for your students, course, program and institution and the SECTIONS model can help with this.

Chapter 8 of the open textbook Teaching in a Digital Age, by the SECTIONS developer and author Dr. Tony Bates, provides a full description of the model.

The SECTIONS Model by Anthony William Bates is licensed under CC BY-NC

See also a SECTIONS planning framework out of UBC which may help provide additional details and guidance on its use.

Map your chosen technology to the SECTIONS model through thus“Map your technology to the SECTIONS model” exercise.

Once you have completed all of the steps, choose the “Export Text” button to save your work as a Microsoft Word file.

In your response to this activity, upload your exported text from the SECTIONS Model tool or provide a URL to your work’s location.

This activity is part of the Ideate section of the Technologist Module.

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      I would like to create an interactive video with exercises from H5P to help students become familiar with the online learning environment.



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