Implementing Techology-Enabled Active Learning Strategies (TEALS) in Colleges and Universities
Employers everywhere are expressing increasing dissatisfaction with the ability of college graduates to access, evaluate, and communicate information; to use information technology (IT) tools effectively; and to work well within groups across cultural lines. A change of instructional paradigms--from passive to active (authentic) learning strategies, such as project-based learning, problem-based learning, or inquiry-based learning--is clearly needed.
However, changing instructional paradigms is difficult. Faculty members are busy, many are not comfortable with using information technology (IT) tools, and most cling to the traditional model of the professor as subject matter expert/authority. Although most professors now use one or more IT tools in their teaching, these tools too often serve only to support a traditional lecture method (e.g., PowerPoint, automatic class rolls, email, discussion forums).
The purpose of this three-hour workshop is to engage faculty members in discussing what is meant by technology-enabled active learning strategies, how these strategies relate to student success, what the barriers are to implementing these strategies across academic departments, and what approaches can be used to facilitate faculty members incorporate these strategies in their instruction.
Please review the following publications prior to the workshop:
Also: Please consider reviewing (and participating in) three discussions on Linkedin’s Ideagora group related to using TEALS in Asia (http://tinyurl.com/36fq6cp) and the Middle East (http://tinyurl.com/38f8fue) as well as a discussion focusing on faculty resistance to TEALS (http://tinyurl.com/2wrdqts).
0900 - 0945: What do we mean by technology-enabled active learning strategies?
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