We are delighted to announce the building of a new tool – Tapestry (tapestry-tool.com), under the support of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This initiative is led by CREST.BD deputy director, Steven Barnes, and features contributions by network lead Erin Michalak and member Rachelle Hole.
Tapestry will allow for the production of interactive, remixable, reusable, and extensible educational modules and aims produce a new model for online course content production that is learner-centered, constructivist, and emphasizes student-faculty co-creation and reusability. The tool addresses some shortcomings of HTML5 Package (H5P) in particular, and online course content in general.
Four interactive educational modules dealing with one aspect of living in a diverse world will also be featured in the tool:
(1) Intercultural Understanding
(2) Gender and Sexuality
(3) Indigenous Communities
(4) Invisible Disabilities
Taken together, these major project outputs will encourage new modes of teaching and learning and also foster diverse and inclusive environments for UBC community members.
Steven Barnes is also an instructor in Department of Psychology at UBC and specializes on psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, learning and memory, and neuroplasticity. He has a keen interest in the translation and visualization of knowledge from each of these research areas, but especially from research on bipolar disorder. He lives well with bipolar disorder.