Accelerating the Paradigm Shift from Lecture-Centered to Technology-Enabled Active Learning Instructional Methods
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 whose primary instructional method is lecture. Consequently, 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 session is to engage participants in discussing what is meant by technology-enabled active learning methods, how these methods relate to student success, what the barriers are to implementing these methods across academic departments, and what approaches can be used to assist faculty members to incorporate these methods in their instruction.
Please review the following publications prior to the session:
After briefly defining/illustrating technology-enabled active learning methods and how these methods relate to preparing students for the comtemporary workplace, participants will form small groups to address these questions: (1) What are the barriers to implementing these methods? and (2) what approaches can be used to assist faculty members incorporate these methods in their instruction?
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