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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.


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 class websites to enhance faculty-student contact:

  • Post instructor and assistant contact information on the class website.
  • Use your class website to post communication guidelines, such as including the course name in the subject, and other necessary information to include in emails to the instructor.
  • List office hours and location on the class website.

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 class websites to enhance student-student cooperation:

  • Include group projects in your syllabus and post on the class website.

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 class websites to enhance active learning:

  • Post a list of applicable current events and news articles on the class website.

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 class websites to enhance prompt feedback:

  • Use the class website to post general information regarding expected response time and keep students informed of how long grading should take.
    Posting of student grades on a class website is not allowed. See Copyright & Legal Issues for more information.
  • If time is an issue, post automated grading keys for assignments highlighting what was required for an answer to be considered correct.
  • 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 class websites to enhance time on task and reduce wasted time:

    • Post relevant research links on your class website for easy student access.
    • Post assignment guidelines so students are always aware of assignment goals.
    • If possible, provide direct links to required readings to eliminate time spent searching online library resources.

    Communicate higher expectations

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

    Using class websites to communicate higher expectations:

    • Post assignment rubrics that clearly communicate assignment goals.
    • Post class materials on the class website and require students to access them to encourage accountability.
    • Post examples of good assignments on the class website.

    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 class websites to support diverse talents and ways of learning:

    • Post lecture materials on the class website for those students who learn best on their own.
    • Allow for a choice of assignment topics and styles (i.e. a choice between a research paper and a website).