Teaching with Technology: Active Learning Strategies

name is Lisa Hwang. I’m a senior lecturer in
the chemical engineering department. My primary role is in teaching
a lot of courses in the major. And I also am a
lecture consultant with the Vice Provost Office
for Teaching and Learning. And the project that I
worked on with the Teaching with Technology workshop
program was really just aimed at how do I convert
that learning experience from the in-class,
active learning strategy into an online,
asynchronous mode so that those students can
benefit from the same learning experience and
thinking development. This is a course that
I’ve taught in campus in a live mode for about six
out of the last eight years. Alternatively– in
the alternate years, Professor Jim Swartz, a
professor in the department, teaches it. So I took one of the
active learning concepts that I knew he and I both teach
in our versions of the course, developed the Canvas. It was actually in the
form of a practice quiz. And since they were
using Canvas to support their students already,
we just threw it in there. And so they got to
play around with it. But I think just the experience
of taking my concepts, trying to actually map it
out, put it into Canvas, learn the basic
logistics of that, and how you would actually
have the students engage with that activity
was really beneficial. But one of the bigger goals
that I have is our department is likely going to start
offering a lot more online courses through VPTL. We want to think
about what’s the best way to teach our students. And as now our online students
will go from maybe less than 5% of the students, there
might be some courses where our entire
student population is learning asynchronously. So we want to take
what we already know from the education research
literature and roll that out. The biggest thing that I
learned is just to think– be open, be flexible,
and think broadly. You know, when I first
was thinking about this, the reason I applied for
the Teaching with Technology is because I’ve thought
about this a lot, and I couldn’t find
great solutions. But I think what
the program helped me do is just think
through, boil it down to the critical elements. Then I can think about how do I
do this for an online setting, using technological
tools to support it.

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