“We must not use technology just because it is available. We must use it when, and only when, we can see how it will enable us to do the education job better.” - Herbert A. Simon, Carnegie Mellon University
For effective integration of technology into a course, it’s important to first identify the desired learning outcomes and then select the technology that enables interactions to support these learning outcomes. Brown’s Instructional Technology Group maintains a Teaching with Technology website to help you discover ways to use technology in your courses. Technology can be used both inside your classroom and to design an online learning environment.
How can I adopt technology to engage students in my classroom?
- Classroom Technology (from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching)
- Practical Suggestions for Enhancing Slide Presentations (from the On the Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial from Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center)
- Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations (a Sheridan Center resource)
- Best Practice Use of Clickers (a Sheridan Center resource)
- “7-things-you-should-know-about” (an EDUCAUSE collection of brief overviews of many types of educational technology)
- 8 Reasons Why Prezi is Not Recommended for Teaching (a Sheridan Center Resource).
Sheridan Center resources:
- Key Questions for Designing Online Discussions
- Six Tips for Online Discussions
- Annotated List of Resources for Online Discussions
- Characteristics of Effective Online Assignments
- Annotated List of Resources for Designing Online Assignments & Activities
- Peer Assessment in Online Courses
- A Social Network Can be a Learning Network (from The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Advice to Develop and Implement a Course Blog (from Inside Higher Ed)
- Using ePorfolios as a Reflective Teaching Tool (select this topic from View Related Episodes on the right) (a video resource from the University of New South Wales’ Learning to Teach Online Project)
- Tips for Improving the Use of Discussion Boards (from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Academic Technology Center)
Resources and Support at Brown
- Information Technology and Teaching, Learning and Research at Brown (support for academic technology at Brown)
- Workshop Series on Learning with Technology (a Sheridan Center program)
- Summer Institute (a Sheridan Center collaboration)