Instructional Technology

Teaching and learning with technology can be both challenging and engaging for instructors and students. While technologies make it easier for instructors to create learning opportunities, provide prompt feedback, and improve student engagement with content materials, they also pose challenges. Following are some practical guidelines for using technology in teaching. They may help you manage technology-supported teaching more effectively, avoiding some of the common pitfalls. Read more »

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Teaching Technology Collaborative (TTC)

The Teaching Technology Collaborative (TTC) is a grassroots organization, comprised of staff from many units across campus. All the TTC units collaborate to provide services and programs to support U-M instructors in teaching with technology.

For the Guide to U-M Instructional Resources and Support, click to download the pdf file.

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Teaching with Technology Flow Chart

From a systems approach, teaching with technology involves four major components: the students, the instructor, course content, and technology tools (See Figure 1). An examination of each component raises a set of issues that we need to consider in order to make technology integration as successful as possible. For example, content can be examined in terms of learning outcomes and the discipline being taught. Instructors can think of their own experience with technology, the amount of time they have for planning and teaching, and their view of their role in the teaching and learning process. We need to think carefully about our students, their exposure and access to technology as well as their preferred learning styles. Finally, we can turn to the technology itself and analyze it according to its functions. This approach to teaching and learning with technology assumes that the four component parts are integrated and that changes in one part will require adjustments to the other three in order to achieve the same goals.

From Zhu & Kaplan (2001) McKeachie's Teaching Tips.

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Check with your own School or College for technical support, and/or contact the following campus-wide resources.

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)

http://crlt.umich.edu
Phone: (734) 764-0505
Provides consultation services and online resources related to course design, best practices in teaching, assessing student learning, and teaching online

CTools

https://ctools.umich.edu/portal
Phone: (734) 615-5512
Provides consultation and support for CTools course and project websites

Digital Media Commons

http://www.dc.umich.edu/dmc/aboutus/index.htm
Phone: (734) 615-4317
Provides faculty and students with consultation on multimedia technologies for collaboration and creative expression

Faculty Exploratory

http://www.lib.umich.edu/exploratory
Phone: (734) 647-7406
Provides free drop-in consultation services regarding new instructional technologies, workshops, and multimedia workstations for faculty Read more »

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