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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 DropBox 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 dropbox to enhance faculty-student contact:

  • Upload files like course syllabi, reading assignments, essay prompts, and other course files for students to access from anywhere through EEE dropbox.
  • Return graded assignments with comments to students using AssignmentReturn.

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 dropbox to enhance student-student cooperation:

  • Assign students into groups to collaborate and create synthesized responses to upload as one file.

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 dropbox to enhance active learning:

  • Upload articles and other additional reading assignments beyond textbooks.

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 dropbox to enhance prompt feedback:

  • Return graded assignments to students quickly and privately.

Emphasize time on task & reduce wasted time

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

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

  • Access dropbox files anywhere, any time.
  • Allow students to submit their assignments online, saving time and resources.

Communicate higher expectations

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

Using dropbox to communicate higher expectations:

  • Upload assignment rubrics that clearly communicate assignment goals.
  • Upload formatting standards for students to view and refer to when working on their assignments.
  • Post a note on a dropbox to provide additional information about the dropbox's contents or an assignment's requirements.

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 dropbox to support diverse talents and ways of learning:

  • Use DropBox to post class notes, lecture guides, and other study materials for students who learn best on their own.
  • Allow students to submit a variety of file types for flexible assignments beyond traditional term papers.