Redesigning a Computer Concepts Course Using SAM and SAM Training - Course Technology Computing Conference
Presenter: Katherine Winters, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
In the traditional computer concepts course, the professor assigns a chapter to read. If it is a face to face class, we will lecture on that chapter and/or discuss it. In an online class, we may hold a discussion on material from that chapter using a series of posted questions. Perhaps we will assign quizzes on the readings or assign papers to write, but the emphasis is on reading the textbook. That is the traditional approach. The flipped classroom provides a different approach to this style of teaching, but the emphasis is still on reading the material. Regardless of the mechanisms we put in place or the approaches we take, we all fight the battle of getting students to read their assignments. Assuring your students read the material in an online class is even more difficult to achieve; students simply search for the answers online. I know there are tools that lock down your browser, but students are able to by-pass such locks by simply using another device. The bottom line is that it is difficult to get students to read assignments, and a lot of our attention is spent in trying to force our students to do just that. I decided not to fight the fight and redesigned my Computer Concepts course to use SAM and the embedded video clips found in SAM training. If you have not seen SAM Training for Computer Concepts and you teach Computer Concepts, you must look at it as an alternative to traditional textbooks. In my class a textbook is not required; they use the SAM training video clips which correspond to chapter topics in a traditional text. I am able to present the same material just in a novel way. One student came to me and said “The way you designed this course is ingenious. It is great.” This presentation will share my experience of using SAM training to teach computer concepts. I will explore student and faculty reactions and show grade comparisons. My goal is for you to leave this presentation with a new idea that you can adapt to meet your particular needs.