How did teaching and learning theory get from where it began to now? From the Sage on the Stage (heavy lecture, high stakes exams, and memorization) to Learning in the 21St Century (collaborative, innovative, and experiential), we have progressed and broadened the learning experience to meet a globalized audience of learners. To help and encourage you to move towards a more modern pedagogical approach, below are a few resources to help you stay abreast of trends, approaches, and examples of quality teaching and learning.
I recently presented a poster at the Social Work Distance Education about universal design. The goal was to get faculty to think about how they can use UDL to think about improving the classroom experience, not just for students who need accommodations.
Click the image below to download a full-sized version of the poster. Additional links are posted at the end of this post.
Thank you for attending our session on the role of instructional designers at a higher education institution. Below you will find resources included within the session, as well as links for more information on certain topics.
TopHat is a tool that allows you to engaged the students in your classroom. TopHat works by allowing students to use their mobile device (smartphone, iPad or laptop) during class in a productive way. Teachers can use TopHat to ask questions, present content, take attendance or share files with students during class. By watching the webinar presented below, you can learn how to get started using TopHat and learn some interesting ways to use it in your classes.
Linda Helm and Denise Bronson have recently been awarded funding from the Zirkle Endowment for Undergraduate Instruction for Innovation, through the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, to integrate iPads into the UPP Program to explore innovative ways in which social workers can use iPads and mobile technology to enhance services and client outcomes. Students in the UPP Program will receive iPads in Autumn 2014 to use the mobile devices for their required field practicums and coursework throughout the academic year. Students and instructors will develop new skills to deliver enhanced services to their clients through the integration of technology into course assignments and their field practicum.
With the introduction of iPads, students will develop and share innovative uses of mobile technology to provide efficient and effective services to their clients and incorporate these skills into their required field practicum. We are providing iPads preloaded with resources and apps to the students and working with them throughout the year to identify, apply, and evaluate the innovative use of iPads in social work practice in the practicum and in the classroom. This project promises to enhance child welfare services by giving social workers access to community resources, supervision, information on evidence-based practices, and client progress while in the field. The results of this pilot project have implications for improving social work services in other areas of practice as well as laying the foundations for the future use of technology in student’s social work practice following graduation.
We anticipate a variety of innovative ways that students will apply mobile technology to their field practicum experiences. We think the following examples illustrate some ways that iPads can be used to support social work practice. iPads with integrated internet connectivity will allow social work students and practitioners to access:
online, real-time supervision between students and their instructors using Facetime while providing in-home services
community resources for client referrals such as the Ohio Benefits Bank that links clients to food assistance, medical insurance, bill paying assistance
veterans benefits, low-cost prescription drugs, and other supportive services, library resources and other sites with information on evidence-based practices to guide practice behaviors while working with clients in the field
classroom materials to foster better field-classroom integration
Have you heard? Our university has a professional website platform that can be used to share the work you do at the university. This platform is easy to use and can be personalized to meet your professional needs. Actually…you are viewing this website platform now! We (your EdTech team) are now using this website to bring information and ideas straight to you. Are you interested in customizing your own personal page but unsure of all the ways you could use this? Don’t worry… here are some examples on how you can use this web space listed in the U.OSU webpage:
A professional profile that highlights scholarly, pedagogical, and service activities, with pages for a biographical statement, curriculum vitae, teaching overview and course listing, research statement and more.
A portfolio of projects, both in process and completed, that can be used to demonstrate skills and experiences. Regular posts can share progress on ongoing projects in the field or in the classroom.
A forum to enable sharing amongst community members who might otherwise be separated geographically or by discipline.
A site to host and share resources, notes, and collections of digital materials.
A site created for use in a class or as a group project (assuming the site is ultimately owned and managed by one individual).
This is a great way to reach your professional community and your students. If you would like more information or just to talk through possibilities contact your EdTech team. In the meantime, please visit https://u.osu.edu/ to see examples and learn how to get started.
We have created several overview videos for Carmen 10 to complement the written instructions provided by OSU. Please see below for a list of these. If you have questions or requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move into our last week of the semester, many of you are already thinking of ways to update your courses for next year. These updates can come in the form of new assessments and creative classroom activities that may benefit from the use of learning technologies. To help guide you through this process, we have created a document that lists several different technologies, a description of these technologies, and direct links which will allow you to read more about them or watch demonstrations. To access this document, please click on the link below:
As your EdTech team, we are happy to work with each of you to discuss ideas and help find a learning technology that is right for you and your students. Please contact us with any questions!
During the Fourth Annual Innovate Conference at OSU this week, our college was represented by BSW student, Lauren Moore and MSW student, Robyn Steiner who described their classroom and field experience using the iPad app FaceTime.
To help bridge the community and classroom, Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny partnered with Julia Nielsen-Bingman, Executive Director at the Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone, to speak with her SW 6501 classes about ethical dilemmas, leadership skills and interviewing skills through the use of FaceTime. This project was supported through a College tech grant that Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny and Lisa Durham received autumn semester.
This week we had a lively discussion regarding Adobe Connect – our web-conferencing solution! This technology tool can be used in a variety of ways at our college: student advising, faculty/staff meetings, online class activities, online office hours, and collaborating with others across the country-even the world!
We would like to provide each of you the opportunity to create an account in Adobe Connect and use it for the above reasons (and more). As we know using new technology can be a daunting task….we have put together a step-by-step set of instructions on how to use this product. We have also created a one page set of directions for any future guests you may invite to a meeting. These documents can be found on the right-hand side of our blog, or you may access these below: