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It’s not Possible to be a Sage on the Cyberstage

, , , , , University of Alberta, Canada

Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


Abstract: Few university entry-to-practice professional health programmes utilize the broad range of computer technology to enhance student learning. One Canadian Occupational Therapy Programme is an exception and is unique in its breadth and depth of usage. In this paper we present as learning tools, WebCT Vista, YouTube™, Skype™, digital video recordings, iClicker®, Second Life®, ePortfolios, wikis, blogs and Facebook and discuss the way in which these computer technologies supports entry-to-practice preparedness for practice. We provide examples of creative use by students and academics. Computer technology is used in innovative approaches to learning, preventing teacher-centred ‘sage of the stage’ grandstanding but, rather, requiring students to focus on constructing their learning through the personal involvement that is required when computer technology is exploited for this purpose. The benefits of computer technology, in educational terms, are increased collaboration with peers and health care colleagues and increased active engagement in the learning process.


Hollis, V., Hamilton, A., Burwash, S., Kashani, R. & Esmail, S. (2010). It’s not Possible to be a Sage on the Cyberstage. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1332-1341). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 27, 2023 from .



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