Technology is incorporated into most aspects of my pedagogy, from course websites to instructor blog entries, to design implementation, student work evaluation and more. See examples of websites, blog entries and PowerPoints.
Course websites are rich with content, dynamic and highly visual. And they can updated with a click. I create course websites to be an easily accessible repository of nearly all the course content, including syllabi, schedules, assignments, samples, and resources. Course websites allow me to actively engage students where they are – on the internet. See examples
Once or twice a week, I publish a course blog entry. These entries include links to news articles, resources or videos that illustrate and/or reinforce course content. Sometimes the entries include instructions, additional course content and announcements. Students are always encouraged to continue the discussion by posting comments.
Course blogs are dynamic platform for pushing content, engaging students, staying current and modeling online writing. See examples
Students submit work electronically to Angel dropboxes and discussion forums. I respond to students electronically – via evaluative and instructional comments, sometimes written directly on their drafts, and delivered to them via email. Use of this technology has many advantages, not the least of which are ease in archiving, increased accessibility of comments and scores, ease in grade tabulation and the reduced use of paper.
The University Park Campus is rich with technological resources, including classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Frequently, I am able to schedule STECs (Student Technology Station Classrooms) which provide a computer station for each student in the class.
STEC classrooms enable me work directly with students as they grapple with communication problems while still in class. We use the computers to rewrite and revise writing problems, access the Web, design (and redesign!) documents, and build websites.
PowerPoint, Videos, Web Presentations
Most educators are keenly aware of the importance of the visual reinforcement in learning theory. I use PowerPoint slides, videos, infographics, music and more to illustrate and reinforce learning outcomes. Recently, I have begun to experiment with Michael Alley’ s Assertion-Evidence theory of presentation and PowerPoint design.