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Overview — Teaching Well with Technology

Teaching with technology is rapidly becoming an increasingly important element in higher education. Instructional technology can be a great benefit to both instructors and students through convenient communication, access to learning materials online, and more.

It is possible to use technology to apply the seven principles of good practice in undergraduate education:

  1. Encourage faculty-student contact.
  2. Encourage student-student cooperation.
  3. Promote active learning.
  4. Give prompt feedback.
  5. Emphasize time on task & reduce wasted time.
  6. Communicate higher expectations.
  7. Support diverse student talents & ways of learning.

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation

The Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is a group within the Division of Undergraduate Education that offers a wide-variety of pedagogical resources. DTEI services include workshops and consultations for faculty and graduate students, instructional technology, and classroom support.

Mission statement from the DTEI website:

The DTEI's mission is to improve the quality of teaching and learning through pedagogical development for faculty and teaching assistants; to promote the use of innovative teaching techniques, including the use of instructional technology; and to foster campuswide conversation about enhancing student learning through innovative teaching.

Use Chat to...

Encourage faculty-student contact

Research has shown that communication between faculty and students is an important factor in a student's motivation and involvement in the course.

Using chat to enhance faculty-student contact:

  • Hold virtual office hours where students can log on from any location and contact you about class.
  • Create study sessions for students to ask questions. Chat transcripts can then be used as a study tool.

Encourage student-student cooperation

An important aspect of learning is team-work and group cooperation. Working together in teams to solve a problem or complete an assignment promotes the discussion of ideas and opinions among peers.

Using chat to enhance student-student cooperation:

  • Schedule chat sessions for students to work together on group projects.

Promote active learning

Creating assignments that require students to apply real world knowledge and events, involve discussion, and critical thinking about past experiences all contribute to increasing active learning.

Using chat to enhance active learning:

  • Encourage students to practice using a foreign language by conversing in Chat with other students.

Give prompt feedback

Throughout the quarter, it is important to respond to student inquiries and requests as soon as possible, including the grading of assignments. Doing so makes a large difference in the motivation and involvement of students.

Using chat to enhance prompt feedback:

  • Meet with students individually online to discuss progress on a project or an extensive assignment that requires feedback.

Emphasize time on task & reduce wasted time

Encouraging student use of technology to reduce wasted time will help increase the quality of work and time spent completing tasks.

Using chat to enhance time on task and reduce wasted time:

  • Access chat from any location and cover administrative information or questions that might otherwise require class time.

Communicate higher expectations

Ensure students are aware of what is expected of them and the work they submit.

Using chat to communicate higher expectations:

  • Hold Chat sessions where students can be quizzed online on class content, which helps prepare students on what they need to know before a in-class exam.
  • Release logs of Chat study sessions to provide transcripts, which can be used as study tools.

Support diverse student talents & ways of learning

Students learn differently and should be given the opportunity to express their unique talents and strengths throughout the course in various ways.

Using chat to support diverse talents and ways of learning:

  • Allow students to collaborate and brainstorm together in Chat.
  • Invite outside experts to a chat session and encourage students to ask constructive questions that may help them in their research.