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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 MessageBoard 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 message board to enhance faculty-student contact:

  • Post announcements to the class about deadlines, assignment schedules, class reminders, etc.
  • Create a forum for students to ask questions that can be answered for all to view.

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 message board to enhance student-student cooperation:

  • Divide reading assignments into sections, then assign students to collaborate and compile written responses to post and share on MessageBoard.
  • Open forums for discussion for students to communicate with each other.

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 message board to enhance active learning:

  • Create open-ended discussions that allow students to share ideas, fostering critical thinking.
  • Allow open forums for students to discuss and share their opinions without fear of judgment or retaliation.

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 message board to enhance prompt feedback:

  • Respond to students' questions and comments online.

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 message board to enhance time on task and reduce wasted time:

  • Review message board responses and focus class time on the topics and concepts that students have brought up in their posts.
  • Allow students to start brainstorming on a topic before class so they are better prepared for in-class discussions.

Communicate higher expectations

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

Using message board to communicate higher expectations:

  • Post assignment rubrics to communicate goals.
  • Post study pointers, writing tips, and other helpful information for students to help them perform better on papers and exams.

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 message board to support diverse talents and ways of learning:

  • Allow students who are more comfortable writing than speaking in class to share ideas.