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Teaching with Technology Faculty Learning Community

The rapid development of technology often makes it difficult to stay up-to-date on tools that can enhance your teaching.  This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will discuss new and emerging technologies for the enhancement of education both inside and outside of the classroom.  Members will have the opportunity to experiment with new technology in their own courses and are encouraged to post regular updates on their findings and experiences.  Members are faculty interested in participating in a FLC to investigate the many ways in which technology can enrich our role as teachers and our students’ experience as learners. 

What is the “Teaching with Technology” FLC?

The FLC on Teaching with Technology is co-facilitated by Paul Krueger (Mechanical Engineering) and David Son (Chemistry).

This community includes participants of all capabilities and experiences using technology as an instructional tool.  Meeting about every 3 weeks, the community offers members the opportunity to investigate, discuss, implement and critique the integration of technology into their teaching as a means of enhancing student learning. Key outcomes for participants will focus on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of particular technology tools, how to determine the appropriate use of technology, and methods for assessing the impact of technology on learning outcomes within their particular field.

What can participants expect to do?

During the fall semester faculty members will explore a wide range of possibilities for integrating technology into teaching.  In the spring semester, participants will build on knowledge and insights gained during the fall semester to propose, design and implement teaching projects aimed at using technology to enhance student learning in their own courses. 

Scenarios for individual exploration might include things like:

  • A professor who has been wanting to explore ways to “flip the classroom” can learn more about the technologies that help that work, and design some assignments to help a course move in that direction.
  • A professor intrigued with the teaching possibilities of tablet computers (e.g. iPads) can explore the range of uses and develop a way to use them in a course – perhaps even a new course book that takes full advantage of the tablet medium.
  • A professor who teaches large classes can become familiar with ways technology can help to stimulate more active student engagement, and incorporate tools such as presentation software, clickers, online games, concept maps, Twitter, and discipline-specific tools into the professor’s courses.
  • A professor who wants to broaden the array of student assignments s/he can use to help students apply what they’re learning can investigate what can be done with blogs, wikis, animation tools, online games, subject-specific software, and more, and create some new course assignments.
  • A professor who wants to teach beyond the classroom in a new way can learn how to introduce virtual office hours, podcasts, narrated PowerPoint slides, and social media.

Who are the Members of this FLC?

In addition to the co-facilitators, the members of this FLC are:

Nathan Cortez (Dedman Law)
Andrew Greenwood (Meadows/Music)
Mark Kerins (Meadows/Film & Media Arts)
Caroline Kethley (Simmons/Teaching & Learning)
Barbara Morganfield (Simmons/Teaching & Learning)
Scott Norris (Dedman College/Math)
Lynne Stokes (Dedman College/Statistical Science)