Instructional Technology Services
The Instructional and Information Technology group offers consultations and training on a wide range of instructional technologies. Our goal is to partner with instructors to develop and implement pedagogically sound solutions to teaching challenges. Please contact Amy Childs to discuss your teaching project.
- Providing Clinical Skills Practice in a Safe Environment
- Providing Opportunities for Students to Collaborate
- Assessing Student Learning in an Experiential Course
- Providing Immediate Feedback on Student Work
- Engaging Students in Large Classes
Providing Clinical Skills Practice in a Safe Environment
Solution: Virtual patient scenarios are used to provide students with additional practice in clinical skills in a no-risk environment.
Providing Opportunities for Students to Collaborate
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Assessing Student Learning in an Experiential Course
Solution: Students complete and submit reflective work in an online environment. Partners in the community also help instructors evaluate student performance.
Providing Immediate Feedback on Student Work
Solution: Instructors create online quizzes and exams that allow students to see their own answers as well as detailed feedback from the instructor on each question immediately after the quiz or exam period closes.
Technology: Canvas Quiz tools
Engaging Students in Large Classes
Solution: The instructor adds variety to the class by posing questions on key topics throughout the period. Students are asked to anonymously respond to questions through the use of clickers. The instructor can quickly gauge how many students are understanding the material and can immediately address any misconceptions they may have. Allowing students to answer questions anonymously provides a low-risk opportunity for participation, and interspersing questions throughout the period helps students maintain attention.
Technology: Audience Response System such as TopHat
Solution: The instructor incorporates active learning techniques such as Think-Pair-Share into the class period to involve all students in a discussion. Allowing adequate time for students to prepare a response before asking them to participate and providing the opportunity to share with a classmate nearby, rather than to the whole class, can make participation in a large group less intimidating to students.
Technology: Individual white boards