TLT Conference 2009: Dr. Stephen Ehrmann

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On April 8, 2009

Using Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning (with Technology): Asking the Right Questions

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Ehrmann.jpgToo many options, too much information, too little time and too much
risk: those are just some of the reasons why we take relatively little
advantage of new technology to do new things.  Part of the risk is that
we often teach with blindfolds more than half-covering our eyes: what
are students thinking? What do they do on the course when they’re away
from the classroom? What advice might they give that would help improve
an assignment or classroom activity, the next time the course is taught?

will explore a few new options for getting inside students’ heads, and
what questions to ask, in order to improve teaching and learning in
courses.  We’ll consider surveys, video recording, and polling systems
(including what you can do with cell phones – bring yours!)

we’ll explore the kinds of questions most likely to produce feedback an
instructor can use to improve a course, no matter how students answer
that question.  Some of those questions would work in almost any
course, while others ask about specific teaching/learning activities;
for example, suppose that you’re not happy with the number of students
participating in online discussion; what questions might you ask
students in order to figure out how to increase participation?  We’ll
pay particular attention to inquiries designed uncover ways to help all
students in the course, not just the ‘best’ student or the ‘average’

The University has access to some tools and resources
you can use for this scholarship of teaching and learning, and to share
what you’ve learned with colleagues. We’ll look at a few of those. And
we’ll conclude by discussing whether any changes are needed in the ways
the University supports faculty inquiry of this type.


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