Learning, Technology, and Faculty Time
Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, talks about the where the real potential for integrating technology into the classroom lies.
…technology in the small face-to-face seminar will only be of marginal assistance.
The promise of learning technology is to help make large enrollment classes feel like small enrollment classes, and to enable geographically dispersed students to act and feel like face-to-face residential learners.
Kim writes that the most important resource an educator can have to integrate new technology into the classroom is time, noting that “all these investments will be for naught if faculty don’t have time to take advantage of these new resources.”
How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing
Edutopia’s Todd Finley shares simple ways to keep up with the latest technologies without being overwhelmed by them.
What won’t work is waiting for technological change to stabilize. “The only way to make sense out of change,” said Alan Watts, “is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Finley encourages educators to take off their expert hats and return to being curious learners.
What Online Educators Need to Know About Social Media Marketing
Schoolkeep breaks down why an educator would post to the various social networks and how best to utilize each one.
Social networks aren’t one-size-fits-all, nor do successful strategies require activity across all platforms. Craft an approach that increases the number and quality of your students.
How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students
Creating engaging videos isn’t always about adding more production value. eduCanon’s Swaroop Raju writes that “data out of MIT’s edX shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.” Raju gives the following tips:
- Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.
- Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings.
- Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.
- Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
12 Good Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback from Students
Richard Byrne shares his latest batch of useful sites and services for gathering feedback from students via chatrooms, text message polling, QR code multiple choice and more.