Teaching with Technology

 

A number of faculty members at the University of Michigan (U-M) are capturing lectures and creating podcasts and screencasts to provide supplementary learning material, to free up class time for active learning experiences, or to make learning material accessible to the general public. This paper reviews research on the use and impact of lecture capture technology, discusses challenges and implications of using this technology in classrooms, and provides guidance for using this tool to enhance teaching and student learning.

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In this Occasional Paper, we present the results of a CRLT research study that examined student perceptions of how laptops affect attentiveness, engagement, and learning, and we suggest guidelines for using laptops and other mobile devices effectively in the classroom.
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In this space, we occasionally highlight items from around the Web that offer interesting perspectives on college teaching and higher education. Here are some short, thought-provoking pieces about learning and technology that have recently caught the eye of CRLT staff:

  • An article from Campus Technology about two professors at Albion College who have developed mobile apps for learning in a liberal arts context. These tools, one for a chemistry course and one for a literature course, provide intriguing examples of interactive course materials that allow students to practice and get feedback on their learning. 
  • A blog by Teaching Professor author Maryellen Weimer about recent studies assessing the effects of "multitasking" on student learning. She compiles data showing that students who engage in text messaging, social networking, and internet searching during classes learn less and perform more poorly, concrete evidence for what many teachers know from experience.

CRLT has also published an Occasional Paper on a related topic, discussing best practices for using laptops as an effective tool to promote student learning. You can link to the pdf here.

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CRLT's grants for instructors can often be used for projects relating to technology. Visit our grants page for more details about applying for any of our grants. 


Past winners of the Teaching with Technology Grant

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