Welcome to the 21st Century: Pull Up a Keyboard

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English Department Colloquium
UTEP
November 2005

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  • 1. English Department Colloquium Fall 2005 Welcome to the 21st Century: Pull Up a Keyboard Beth Brunk-Chavez & Esther Solis Al-Tabaa
  • 2. What We Are Here to Say and Why We are Saying It
    • Campus wide-initiative to promote alternative delivery of courses
    • Possible ways to enhance courses
    • Hybrid Academy
    • Research
  • 3. What Teaching with Technology Means
    • Technology Enhanced —F2F with elements such as:
      • online course management (syllabus, schedule, assignments, grading)
      • online content (e-books, readings, glossary)
      • online communication (discussions, blogs, email)
    • Hybrid —part F2F, part online (variations)
    • Distance —never see the whites of their eyes
  • 4. Why Teach with Technology?
    • Enhance writing skills of students
    • Provide an environment that is conducive to interaction and community building
    • Enable more student-centered learning
    • Accommodate a variety of learning styles
    • Create a visually organized learning environment
  • 5. Why Teach with Technology?
    • Track student learning
    • Introduce time-use flexibility for students and instructors (especially for hybrid and distance)
    • Increase students’ computer literacy skills and confidence
    • Save paper—create a paperless classroom
    • Enable efficient use of physical classroom space
  • 6. What Teaching with Technology is NOT!
    • Easier
    • More time efficient
    • Better
    • The wave of the future
    • Politically identical to F2F teaching and learning
  • 7. What to Consider Before Redesigning a Course
    • Need
    • Appropriateness
    • Methods and strategies
    • Learners
    • Instructional goals
    • Time to develop materials
    • Support for students
    • Willingness to be flexible
  • 8. Challenges to Teaching Online
    • Time commitment to development
    • Feeling of being online all the time
    • Student awareness, participation, technological abilities
    • Technological issues (access, system failures)
  • 9. What Do You Want To Do?
    • What elements in your own courses lend themselves to on-line learning?
      • Map your course—determine what elements must be delivered F2F and what elements would translate well to an online environment
      • What new activities would you like the technology to facilitate or enhance for you?
      • Don’t fall into the shovelware trap!
  • 10. Into the Future
    • English Department
      • Policies
        • Course releases
        • What courses can be hybrid/distance
        • What training is required
        • What support is needed
        • Teaching evaluations
        • Scholarship
  • 11. What We Will Do for Faculty
    • Summer Academy
      • For those interested in creating hybrid or technology-enhanced courses
    • One-on-one Consultations
      • For those how-to questions
    • FIT Lab in UGLC
      • For assistance with technological procedures (scanning, web development, etc.)