This course is directed toward STEM graduate students and postdoctoral fellows wishing to enhance their understanding of instructional options that rely on educational technologies that go beyond the use of chalk or whiteboards. Instructors have many options for communicating with students, having students work together, connecting classwork to the world outside the classroom, offloading some aspects of the course in favor of emphasizing others during synchronous meetings, doing formative and summative assessment, and enhancing the ability for students to gain more practice, do independent work, or obtain deeper mastery of a subject. It is technologies in this spectrum, used to assess traditional classroom instruction, that we will focus on in this course. We will not be able to cover all technologies, and believe that it is more important to be able to critically evaluate learning technologies than to focus too narrowly on how to use a certain subset, as technologies evolve (and can become extinct) rather rapidly. The CIRTL Core ideas will inform many of the topics in the course.
This course has weekly online sessions on Mondays, starting October 2 and ending December 4 at 11:30AM-1PM ET / 10:30AM-12PM MT / 9:30-11AM MT / 8:30-10AM PT.
Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.
Registration & Enrollment
This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 25 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.