Teaching With Technology Fora
January 26, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Des Peres 213
Using Technology to help Create, Manage, and Evaluate Collaborative Learning Projects
Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center
Research shows that group work, or collaborative learning activities, can help boost academic achievement, promote student interaction and help develop higher-level thinking skills. Although there are many ways to incorporate collaborative learning into a course, each one depends on an instructor's ability to create, manage, and evaluate the activity in a way that is appropriately aligned with their course objectives.
In this session, we will address some of the strategies necessary to implement effective collaborative learning activities and will show how using a few online tools within Google Apps for Education can help instructor's design, manage, and evaluate group work.
February 9, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Des Peres 213
Promoting Student Self-Assessment Using Survey Tools
Dipti Subramaniam, Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center
Self-assessment can be beneficial to both students and instructors by promoting reflection on learning as well as informing instructional choices. In this session, we outline and discuss the benefits of adopting and implementing student self-assessment, some ways to create self-assessment activities using a survey tool, and how to use the aggregated results in survey tools to inform an understanding of student learning in a course.
March 16, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Des Peres 213
Developing, Engaging, and Extending the Classroom Discussion Online
Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center
Class discussions can be powerful tools for helping students articulate ideas, challenge assumptions, and develop a depth of knowledge about the subject mater at hand. Class discussions can also contain a lot of awkward moments and spans of uncomfortable silence. While learning to facilitate discussions is a huge undertaking, Blackboard has a few tools that may be able to support your class discussions. In this session we will talk about how the blog, journal, and discussion board tools can be used to help prepare students for class discussion, host discussions, and also to extend the conversations beyond the class period.
Registration for any of these fora is required and the registration page can be found here.