New and emerging tools are available for teaching and learning online, but how do you know whether those tools are right for your course? It is important to first look at the way that you want students to learn, and your teaching practices. But once you have established what you want to teach, and how, there are some amazing tools for getting it done!
Why Facebook Groups? Or, Should the Real Question Be: Why Not?
Posted on October 22, 2013 by Sarah Bleakney
According to a recent study, undergraduates were found to use smartphones and other devices for non-class-related purposes an average of 11 times a day. As social media can often be the inspiration for students’ errant in-class clicking, instructors have long been wary of including use of such sites for classes. However, an article in Faculty Focus suggests why and how you might consider leveraging social media to support and encourage student engagement.
Over multiple semesters, the instructor experimented with using a Facebook Page and both open and closed Groups. Both approaches can offer benefits, and are well worth considering, though closed Groups allowed students to more freely contribute to online discussions (students were uncomfortable asking questions on a Facebook Page or open Group, as their contributions were more or less public).
This instructor used Facebook to answer her students’ questions and to post articles (and encourage them to do the same), blending seamlessly from that day’s class discussions and, over time, enriching in-class discussions and increasing the overall level of class participation. Although this article focuses on using Facebook Groups in a small, on-ground class, this approach has been used to good effect by Warrington College of Business Administration instructors in hybrid and fully online courses that range from small to large.
Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award
In memory of the contributions of Dr. Judy Fisher to our teaching and learning environment, and to ensure that we continue to improve upon our current progress, the College has set up the Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award. This award is given to the faculty member who has best exemplified teaching using technology over the past year. The Office of Teaching Excellence participates in identifying faculty who are using technology to engage students in interactive learning experiences based on sound pedagogical teaching and learning goals.
2012 Award Recipient
Dr. Dorothy McCawley Video: 2012 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology Award | Press Release
- 2011 - Fiona Barnes: Video | Press Release
- 2010 - Craig Tapley: Video
- 2009 - Victoria Dickinson: Video
- 2008 - Dr. Sanford Berg and Dr. Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay
Thoughts on Mobile Learning
Posted on November 1, 2012 by Tawnya Means
Attendees at Abilene Christian University’s Connected Summit 2011 share their thoughts and perspectives on where we are headed with mobile learning: