Using Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
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Why use technology?
Managing learning and resources
Sense of cohort
Variety of teaching and learning preferences
Formative and summative assessment
How does this help?
Allows students more control of their own learning
Allows lecturers to guide more, teach less
Allows student to build up knowledge, and become part of the teaching process
Can provide some really engaging learning experiences
Teachers can provide “scaffolding” and safety nets
“At risk” students can be identified more quickly
Collaborating can be very well supported
Students’ Experiences (1998)
We have excellent hardware and software but the lecturers don’t use it much for teaching. Some of them put their lecture notes on the Web.’ (Multimedia Student)
‘All Computing Science subjects have lecture notes on the Web, but none of the other subjects use computers at all, which is just as well because the machines crash all the time.’
Students’ Experiences (2008)
Blackboard, PowerPoint, emails and electronic journals are used very effectively, but nothing very innovative happens. There was some online assessment in first year.’ (Commerce Student)
‘Smaller class sizes in Science meant less use of PowerPoint than in some of my other courses. There is very mixed use of technology, depending on the skills of the lecturer. Some lecturers are useless and upload the wrong files, or their files don’t work.
Technology Development Cycle
What’s the problem?
What’s the best way of tackling it? (Can technology help?)