Erika Smith, Daniel Braun
Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
Wednesday, June 23
2:00 - 4:30
Education South Coutts Library
Targeting eLearning novices and experts alike, this workshop will provide take-away models and methodologies with which to assist faculty and instructors in increasing student engagement in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to a simple and powerful 4-point model for designing questions that are effective in both online and face-to-face environments, and will have opportunities to practice this model and their question-building skills in the workshop. Next, participants will work with strategies for implementing these educational best practices through two popular technologies: presentation software (such as PowerPoint) and student response systems (such as iClickers). The benefits and pitfalls of each technology for different teaching and learning contexts will be explored. Workshop participants will engage in small-group work to design, demonstrate, and receive feedback on 3-minute teaching-scenarios that combine technology and effective student engagement strategies. In order to take full advantage of participants’ knowledge and experience, lessons learned about the practicalities and challenges of conducting faculty and instructor development, especially regarding teaching technologies and student engagement, will be shared by all who attend this session.