teachnology? do we need a new approach in technology training?

According to these stats in The Chronicle, “Professor’s Use of Technology in Teaching” http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/123682/, faculty are not using available technologies in their teaching at rates that we might have expected. What from the Faculty survey of Student Engagement is the most surprising to you? I’m a little surprised that 8% don’t even know what student response systems are and that only 13% use them. It would seem to me to be one of the easiest, particularly given that the use of PowerPoints (not in the article) is still thought to be high.

But I think the real culprit leading to these low numbers is the high learning curve–not of learning the how-to of the technology, but of the how-to-teach with the technology. Ha! I just misspelled the last word of that sentence as teachnology, and perhaps that’s what we ought to be working toward in our faculty development workshops–a lively discussion of how to teach with these tools that would include how to translate a low (or no) technology exercise into one that is learner-driven, engaging, and productive.

It’s not going to be easy to re-learn how to teach, though, is it? What keeps you from using a new technology that you’ve heard about?

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Categories: education, innovation, learning, teaching, technology

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  1. Great point, I think another culprit is the meme sometimes described as “If it an’t broke don’t fix it”. Teaching without technology is not broken. Students can still learn. But, they receive less personal attention.

    Why should we teach like students will work in factories? The foreman of the plant will give his underlings instructions and the workers will follow. Described is no longer the world we live in the developed world. We need to be savvy information movers, creators, and consumers.

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