Instructional technology (IT) has become an important part of teaching and learning within the classroom as well as working with fully online environments. Resources for educating and assisting faculty about the best practices for using technology has become crucial. These resources need to go beyond how to work with specific software and educators need to understand the ways in which these new tools can make a significant difference in student learning.
TEP's IT support staff are available to assist instructors in exploring different potential technologies that create useful and productive student learning experiences.
This section of the website will:
- offer instructors step-by-step instructions for using some campus-wide available technologies (such as Blackboard and PowerPoint),
- offer suggestions for how instructors might initiate and guide particular technology-supported learning activities,
- present the different roles technology might play in a classroom, and
promote thinking and reflection about the best uses of technology in the classroom.
Learning is seen as essentially a social process, requiring communication among learner, teacher and others. This social process cannot effectively be replaced by technology, although technology may facilitate it. (p. 35)
Bates, A.W., & Poole, G (2003). Effective teaching with technology in higher education: Foundations for success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.