DropBox — Teaching Well
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Communicate higher expectations
Ensure students are aware of what is expected of them and the work they submit.
Using dropbox to communicate higher expectations:
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: