Teaching with technology

Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning.  Once identified, integrating those tools can itself be a challenge albeit an eye-opening experience.

The CTL is here to help you (novice, expert and everyone in between) find creative and constructive ways to integrate technology into your class. If you are looking to flip your class, make use of Canvas or simply want to experiment with some new instructional technologies, we can help.

To arrange an appointment or consultation, please fill out our CTL contact form.

What do we mean by “technology”?

The term “technology” refers to advancements in the methods and tools we use to solve problems or achieve a goal. In the classroom, technology can encompass all kinds of tools from low-tech pencil, paper, and chalkboard, to the use of presentation software, or high-tech tablets, online collaboration and conferencing tools, and more.

The newest technologies allow us to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that were not possible before. What you use depends fundamentally on what you are trying to accomplish.

How can technology help you?

  • Online collaboration tools, such as those in Google Apps, allow students and instructors to share documents online, edit them in real time and project them on a screen. This gives students a collaborative platform in which to brainstorm ideas and document their work using text and images.
  • Presentation software (such as PowerPoint) enables instructors to embed high-resolution photographs, diagrams, videos, and sound files to augment text and verbal lecture content.
  • Tablets can be linked to computers, projectors, and the cloud so that students and instructors can communicate through text, drawings, and diagrams.
  • Course management tools such as Canvas allow instructors to organize all the resources students need for a class (e.g. syllabi, assignments, readings, online quizzes), provide valuable grading tools, and create spaces for discussion, document sharing, and video and audio commentary. All courses are automatically given a Canvas site!
  • Clickers and smartphones are a quick and easy way to survey students during class. This is great for instant polling, which can quickly assess students’ understanding and help instructors adjust pace and content.
  • Lecture-capture tools, such as Panopto, allow instructors to record lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give them and then uploading them for students to re-watch. Studies show that posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and students really appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace.

What are some good examples?

One of the best ways to get ideas and inspiration is to learn from others. Blogs are a great way to do that and here are some of our favorites:

Where to get support

Where to get support

CTL can help with the pedagogical methods for deploying technologies in your teaching. We offer workshops in partnership with UW-IT, individual consultations, and can prepare a custom workshop for your group or department.

Visit CTL’s Teaching Remotely pages to learn best practices, important policies, and essential aspects of effective online instruction. This resource is designed for UW faculty members, graduate instructors, teaching assistants, and staff educators who are seeking information, advice, ideas, resources, and support for their remote course planning and teaching.

IT Connect’s Learning Technologies group can help identify and implement various tools that support teaching and learning. They offer numerous workshops to get you up and running, as well as integrated workshops in partnership with the CTL.

Academic Technologies offers comprehensive media support and services to students, faculty, and staff. They offer a full range of in-classroom audio and video expertise (including help with classroom computers, equipment rental and repair, technical services, and access to an educational media collection).

The Digital Learning and Engagement Team at UW Bothell provides resources and support for faculty exploring learner-centered uses of technology. Their “Teach Anywhere” website includes how-to guides and instructional resources. They also offer a number of short courses for faculty looking to build digital pedagogy and course design skills relevant to creating engaging blended, hybrid, and online courses.

The Office of Digital Learning supports new pedagogy in a digital community of practice. They sponsor events and workshops and offer one-on-one consultations. Among their offerings is the iTech Fellows Program in Innovative Course Redesign.

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