From the Faculty

This summer some of our faculty used instructional technology with their students. Thank you to Dr. Stephen Weber and Dr. James Welch for sharing with us!

Dr. Stephen Weber

Dr. Weber is teaching World Thought and Culture III with Dr. Sanders this summer. One of the things that Dr. Weber started experimenting with, was including a video introduction of course content.

Students were getting ready to “begin a week-long study of Romantic art, religion, music, and architecture, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to summarize ‘where we’ve been and where we’re going’ since Romantic ideas are such a drastic shift from Enlightenment thought.” -Dr. Weber

Dr. Weber set a video camera up in his office, played a short piece of a Romantic composition by Chopin, then gave an introduction to Romanticism. The entire video was about three minutes long and was assigned as homework for the students.

The next day Dr. Sanders had students use their clickers to get immediate feedback about the video introduction:

“…which was overwhelmingly positive. Students also expressed that they would take advantage of this technology and methodology in the future if it was offered in their classes.” Dr. Weber

Take a few minutes to see what Dr. Weber shared!

Dr. James Welch

Dr. Welch is teaching Rhetoric and Critical Thinking, a class that he has not taught before. Taking advantage of the small size of the class, Dr. Welch experimented with utilizing technology.

“…to increase active learning and student engagement with the material. First of all, I declared that mobile phones and iPads, laptops, etc. were allowed in class, as long as they were being used only for classroom activities. Second, I made them all sign up on this wonderful little app called Remind.” -Dr. Welch

Remind is a great app to use for communicating with students, giving the instructor the ability to text students class information, without having to use your personal phone.

“I used it (Remind) for announcements to the entire class, or to contact individual students, who, for instance, may have missed a couple of classes. I usually got a response WITHIN SECONDS (as opposed to weeks…) The students also used the app to contact each other, form study groups, etc. Students would text me if they were running late for class. Remind is incredibly easy to set up, took five minutes on the first day of class, and it’s been a godsend!” -Dr. Welch

Dr. Welch also tried using YouTube videos to show different logical fallacies, had students use their phones/tablets/laptops to research etymology of a word, or find online media that had emotive language — which was then turned into a presentation.

“One thing that especially worked well was videoing their presentations, uploading them to YouTube, then showing the video the next day in class. Students gave each other feedback on presentation style, body language, voice projection, etc. This turned out to be incredibly easy to do, and was very effective as a learning tool…I’d love to share ideas and experiences with any interested faculty, any time at all.” -Dr. Welch

Are you using educational technology as part of your practice? Email Scott so it can be shared!

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