Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Faculty Development - A digital perspective (Part 1)

Each Spring semester, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Vincennes University conducts the Teaching Transformation Academy. The Teaching Transformation Academy consists of a series of workshops designed to expose faculty to:
  • the latest in pedagogical strategies
  • sound instructional design processes
  • the effective use of technology in the teaching process
After conducting this faculty development workshop in the Spring of 2007 and 2008 (and the Summer of 2007), I was preparing for the Spring 2009 iteration. Having just moved to Microsoft Office 2007 I thought about making this a "digital" semester - no handouts, no paper - everything would be "handed" using digital means (i.e., Microsoft OneNote 2007, for example). I would prepare some materials, distribute it electronically. If faculty wanted to create or add to their "handouts" they could do so. This would allow them to personalize their handouts and add the information themselves.

Using this to model active learning strategies, student engagement methods, note-taking skills, critical thinking and listening skills AND technological skills has been interesting for me as the facilitator. I haven't duplicated materials. They have the latest versions (and by the way, I am using delicious to share links http://delicious.com/dpeter19, and even twitter for contact with the participants http://twitter.com/dpeter). This technological adventure has been different - requiring me to THINK digitally and DISTRIBUTE/SHARE/COLLABORATE digitally.

As the semester continues, I will reflect and share my thoughts on the paperless, learning-centered, technologically supported professional development.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...