Mission: Teaching Through Tech FLC

So what is this group all about?

The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Enhancing Learning with Technology is a group of faculty members who want to get together, trade ideas, offer support, and reflect on the Big Picture — using tech tools in our classrooms.

You’ll walk away with a gazillion ideas and a crazy cool tech tool that you can keep forever and use with your students.

Plus, as Andrew Bird sings about the apocalypse, “there will be snacks.”

We’ll be meeting face-to-face — celebrating all levels of tech expertise! — for five sessions. We’ll talk about how to improve our teaching strategies using existing and new technologies. We might even fantasize about stuff not yet invented.

Our adventure is not intended to be just a “how to” class for technology but a space for sharing ideas and experiences and the opportunity to develop an activity or unit that uses technology to enhance student learning. We’ll share our roller-coaster of adventures with the wider university community at a future professional development event. That could mean the Institute for Student Success. Or maybe we can plan a Teaching with Tech carnival. I’m thinking clowns with web cams…

All of this manifests magic for your retention, tenure and/or promotion file.

Welcome to here. It’s going to be fun.

P.S. If you wanted to listen to the entire song “Tables & Chairs” by Andrew Bird, here it is.

 

Faculty Learning Community: Enhancing Learning with Technology

Spring 2015 focus: Educational Technologies

Description: The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Enhancing Learning with Technology is a group of faculty members who engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning with a semester–long collaborative environment, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection. The FLC will meet face-to-face for five meetings to discuss pedagogical methods that can be enhanced through the use of both existing and new technologies. It is not intended to be just a “how to” class for technology but a space for sharing ideas and experiences and the opportunity to develop an activity or unit that uses technology to enhance student learning. The group members will share their knowledge and accomplishments with the wider university community at a future professional development event, such as the Institute for Student Success.

Goal: To create a safe environment in which 10-12 faculty collaboratively explore and apply educational technologies and pedagogies to enhance student learning.

Learning Outcomes for FLC on Educational Technologies

  •  understand how educational technologies can support learning;
  • develop a community of practice on technology exploration and support;
  • identify technology strengths, challenges, and possible solutions;
  • create and apply a lesson using educational technology;
  • evaluate the impact of technology on learning outcomes;
  • reflect on lesson implementation; and
  • share findings with campus community.

What Can Participants Expect

  • Commitment:
  • 5 face-to-face, 1-hour sessions (Wednesdays at noon -potential 2 Feb, 3 March or 3 in March (4, 11, 25), 2 in April (1, 8))
  • Create, implement, and share an activity using educational technology during Spring 15 semester
  • Share activity and outcomes during professional development event Fall 15 (as group or as individual)

Sample exploration scenarios

  • Exploring the use of existing tools (including Moodle) more effectively
  • Exploring project-based learning and other alternative activities to support all
  • students
  • Looking for ways to stimulate students in large classes
  • Exploring ways that educational technologies can support student-generated
  • content where students apply what they’re learning
  • Looking for ways to integrate multimedia and social media
  • Exploring learning and teaching possibilities using mobile

Faculty Incentives

  • Supports the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (inquiry/exploration into student learning, application, peer review, reflection, and presentation of findings)
  • Multi-disciplinary exploration and collaboration
  • Technology tool
  • Handbook of Lessons using Educational Technologies
  • Free snacks!
  • Letter for faculty file

Co-facilitated by Kimberly Vincent-Layton, eLearning and Deidre Pike, Journalism

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One Response to Mission: Teaching Through Tech FLC

  1. Lyn Scott says:

    Looking forward to this FLC bringing together colleagues from diverse departments for common professional growth.

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