6. Course Technology
Select technology and tools that support the course learning objectives, activities, assessments, instructional materials, and student engagement and active learning. Don’t use technology for the sake of using technology or because it is new and “cool.”
The University of Idaho uses BbLearn as its learning management system (LMS), giving instructors a way to connect with their online students, keep grades and other information private, structure learning modules, and provide a central meeting space for coursework online. More information can be found in BbLearn Instructor Help.
A number of Cloud solutions are listed under Resources on the right, which can be used in combination with BbLearn to engage students.
Tools to Engage Students
Technology not only provides resources for delivering course content, it constantly gives us new tools and methods for engaging students.
Technology-infused assignments allow students to demonstrate learning in fresh and integrative ways. Students can build valuable skills in digital design, problem solving, or add to their online portfolios. Consider using the following technologies, tools and methods in your assignments. Be sure to provide tips, tutorials and project examples to help students be successful and efficient when using new technologies.
|Create a website||Students can create a web-based business, or explain and apply new concepts using Weebly or Google Sites|
|Mapping project||Students can chart a course in research and global discovery using Google maps|
|Digital stories||Create digital thought collections and blogs with BbLearn’s Blog tool, WordPress, or Storify|
|Video project||Record events, interviews, or create a documentary using Vimeo or YouTube|
|Problem-solving||Teams create a task force to tackle relevant issues and present outcomes. See Apple’s Challenge-based Learning guide or MIT’s Problem-Based Learning resources.|
|Wiki||Groups contribute and build knowledge together online using Google Drive|
|Simulations||Use cloud-based Screencast-o-matic, Jing, or PowerPoint’s animation tools to create tutorials, simulations, and visual guides|
|Infographic||Students can illustrate concepts and data using free tools like Infogr.am or Easel.ly|