If the Hartwick goal is student engagement, retention, and
success, then we need to talk about how to create a learning
environment that produces those results.
What is Educational Technology?
• Cognitive tools that engage and facilitate learning.
Cognitive tools are based on cognitive
psychology, how the learner processes, retains and
then reuses knowledge.
• Examples of cognitive tools
include, blogs, simulations, online discussions, web
What is Student Centered Learning?
• Student-centered learning involves students resolving
open-ended questions and working collaboratively
researching and using real world data.
• Teacher-centered learning involves the teacher lecturing
and providing information to the students. Asking
questions for which the answer is already known
Successful learning occurs when students have ownership
over the materials, when they can reflect on what they are
learning through discussion, and collaborate with peers on
Why is Changing our
Teaching Strategy Critical?
We grew up in a period when
our degrees demonstrated
mastery of pedagogical
instructional skills. Today, the
sheer volume of new
information makes those skills
of very limited value in today’s
How Does Change Happen?
• Mandated by administration
Faculty demonstrates technology integration through
observations and student surveys.
• Hire adjunct faculty
Hire tech savvy and content savvy experts from high
schools and business.
Attend conferences and workshops, belong to
Hartwick staff sharing best practices.