When aligned with learning objectives and course outcomes, educational technology can deepen student learning and faculty satisfaction with teaching. It can be challenging to select the right educational technology. At a minimum, faculty are encouraged to align their technology choices with their specific situation including class size, discipline, learning outcomes, mode of delivery, teaching needs, comfort with technology, and any other unique factors. This will certainly increase the chances for success.
Review the teaching needs listed here as well as potential solutions and associated tools.
|Teaching Need||Technology Solution||Example tools|
|Allowing students to review content that they found
difficult to understand during lectureIncreasing in class active learning and collaboration
by moving lecture online
Creating recordings to be used by students for review
Archiving lectures and classroom activities for
Providing access to lectures for students who
Providing access to guest lecturers and experts at
|Lecture Capture Technology||Kaltura
|Managing, sharing and collaborating on large files
associated with group projectsImproving group process and decision making
Enhancing small group discussions during lectures
Team-building through peer evaluation
|Online Collaboration Tools||Google Drive
|Whole class or small group discussion of
class materialsFacilitating synchronous online group interactions
outside of class
Responding to out of class assignments,
Facilitating collaboration and teamwork
Allowing for extension of in class discussion
Providing a space for students to ask questions of
Engaging in discussion with the wider community
Enabling students to collect, share and discuss
|Online Discussion Tools, Polling Tools||HuskyCT Discussion Board
|Offer office hours to off-campus and fully online students
Facilitate group interaction or conduct student meetings
Team-teach with instructors at another university
Connect students to native speakers in language classes
Collaborate with classes at other universities
Virtual "field trips"
|Online Voice and Video Conferencing||Collaborate Ultra
|Assessing students’ prior knowledge and identifying
misconceptions before introducing a new subjectProviding evidence of learning for students during class
Checking students’ understanding of new material
Starting class discussion on difficult topics
Using Peer Instruction and other active
Administering tests and quizzes during lecture
Gathering feedback on teaching
Validating and tracking class participation
|Personal Response System||iClicker|
Further Resources for Integrating Technology in the Classroom
CETL’s Educational Technologies department provides extensive resources on the use of technology in the classroom. They also provide training for instructors on many of the technology tools listed above.
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