Call for Proposals: Mobile Device Initiative for Spring 2015

The application is available here. Submit your proposal to ats@richmond.edu by Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Overview The purpose of this initiative is to enable University of Richmond faculty members to explore, and ultimately utilize mobile technology in their teaching. Since the beginning of this program, we have …

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Learn Digital Storytelling

One of the most popular initiatives we have had in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology has been Digital Storytelling (DST).  As part of our learning philosophy at the CTLT, each of the liaisons has produced a DST of our very own.  I will share mine with you in …

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Call for Proposals: Mobile Device Initiative for Spring 2015

September 29, 2014 Teaching and Learning Comments Off

The application is available here. Submit your proposal to ats@richmond.edu by Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Photo of student holding an iPad with a global map of atmospheric carbon being displayedOverview

The purpose of this initiative is to enable University of Richmond faculty members to explore, and ultimately utilize mobile technology in their teaching. Since the beginning of this program, we have found that incorporating these mobile technologies can enhance the student educational experience as well as the potential to aid in research and personal productivity. These mobile technologies certainly provide for interesting and unique opportunities in higher education.

We believe that mobile technologies have the ability to transform learning, change how professors transmit knowledge, and effectively change how students acquire, interact with, and use knowledge.

This program is intended to support faculty members interested in integrating a mobile device, apps, and web-based tools into a specific course that they teach. For those accepted into the Mobile Device Initiative, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will distribute the mobile technology to faculty for one full year. The students participating in the course for which the application was submitted will receive the mobile device for one semester.

When drafting your application, faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their CTLT Liaison. Your CTLT Liaison is available to work with you to further develop and implement classroom activities during the semester.

Faculty members selected to receive a mobile device will be asked to collaborate and share their experiences with other program participants. In addition, faculty members will be asked to share their experience with the campus community through other CTLT initiatives (such as the Learning@Richmond Newsletter, Workshop participation, Pizza & Pedagogy Lunches, PETE events, PETE: After Hours, etc.) Participation in these events is optional. To add to our growing knowledge base of learning impact, students will be asked to complete a brief survey on their experiences with the mobile device, at the end of the semester. … Continue Reading

Rethinking TAs as Future Faculty

Although this article addresses the student teaching model used in K12, I think this would make a for a rewarding template in Higher Ed.  Especially in situations where the TA aspires to become a faculty member after graduation.

Indiana University, Bloomington (Photo by Justin Kern)The article describes a more appealing approach than traditional student teaching – in which a teacher candidate starts out as a passive observer and then takes over the teaching after a few weeks-has become a part of the University of Southern Indiana’s teacher preparation process. That’s because classroom teachers are becoming increasingly reluctant to turn over their students to a novice for long stretches in an age when teacher pay and tenure are tied to student improvement and performance. “Teachers are beginning to be reluctant to host a student teacher,” said Joyce Rietman, director of USI’s advanced clinical experience and co-teaching. “Their name is on (the) test scores. It’s scary and risky to take a student teacher.” The article is from the Hechinger Report.

The full article can be found here: http://hechingerreport.org/content/indiana-universities-rethink-student-teaching_12564/

MOOC Research Initiative

July 15, 2013 MOOCs Comments Off

The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will begin to address a research gap evaluating MOOCs and how they impact teaching, learning, and education in general.

From their website:

“The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning. To date, the impact of MOOCs has been largely disseminated through press releases and university reports. The peer-reviewed research on MOOCs has been minimal. The proliferation of MOOCs in higher education requires a concerted and urgent research agenda.”

Check out their site here.

[http://www.moocresearch.com/]

Academic Technology Consultants

Academic Technology Consultants are the bridge between teaching and technology. The liaison group collaborates primarily with University of Richmond faculty to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning processes. We deal with diverse technologies, and are happy to work with any skill level.

Andrew Bell
Jon Messer
Scott Pennington
Corrina Waxman