Welcome to the 21st Century: Pull Up a Keyboard

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English Department Colloquium
UTEP
November 2005

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Welcome to the 21st Century: Pull Up a Keyboard

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

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